I was responding to "I'm not sure how to parse that sentence. "
"So you admit that religion is no different than capitalism or communism. Somebody wrote the religious books just as somebody wrote books on capitalism and communism. "
Yes. From the point of the view of the radical skeptic, they're all scams.
" Religion is just as materialistic and enslaved to lust as any other, and is no better at passing down wisdom."
Well, it's better in one way. I don't know of any 2000 year old markets.
"In other words, they were priests, but not the type of priest who functioned to pass down wisdom. "
Incorrect. Hunter/gatherer priests pass down a lot of wisdom. If they don't, the tribe starves to death.
"Their role as a "priest" was closer to that of a doctor or scientist today, working with what knowledge (not wisdom) they knew of the world to solve society's problems. "
Knowledge is a subset of wisdom. All true knowledge is necessary for wisdom; wisdom is how to apply the knowledge to solve society's problems. Religion passes on wisdom better than capitalism or communism has, for they just invent NEW problems.
"Ancient Egyptian priests for example didn't even care much for the common people. Their job was to perform rituals in temples (which commoners couldn't enter) to appease the gods, not pass down wisdom or teach the people about religion."
You apparently don't know much about ancient egyptian religion either, for this is entirely false. Did you learn all you know about Egyptian Religion from Stargate? The whole point of those grandiose temples was to inspire awe in the people and teach them something about their environment.
"Ergo, the existence of priests who-don't-pass-down-wisdom are not an example of how religion is somehow good at passing down wisdom."
You can come to all sorts of false conclusions when you invent fake data.
"which is why during the Christian church's peak in power (middle age feudalism all the way to age of colonialism and imperialism) so many royal families kept their blood "pure" through incest while still having many bastard children on the side, so there were plenty of potential contestants in the Game Of Thrones whenever there's an opening."
Which the church actively preached AGAINST, to the point of causing the Protestant Rebellion in England. Or did you forget that point?
"And surly none of the nobles and upper classes failed in exercising humility. The commoners loved their lords so much that they never dragged them out to the guillotine."
That was the atheists who caused that, remember?
"And surly the upper classes practiced love thy neighbor, like how King George loved his subjects. Intolerable acts that pissed off his subjects so much they broke off from his empire? Why he'd never!"
Protestants again. You'd think history was invented in 1500, by your level of knowledge. You know NOTHING about Medieval times, or actual Christendom between 600-1200 A.D., your examples are all modern.
"Oh, and again for chastity, slashdot ran a story [slashdot.org] recently that people are having less sex (read: more chase) than before. And they have less kids, at later times, if they even engage in relationships at all."
And you don't see the inevitable economic problem that will cause, do you. Chastity isn't just about NOT having sex- it's about having appropriate relationships that produce children so that the human race continues.
"How so? As I have shown, the good old past... wasn't."
And yet, 10 children families. MUCH happier, apparently.
"Well, religion is more enslaved to lust than being sexually free."
Then why does divorce exist in your "sexually free" system? And yes, people are having LESS sex, and thus are unhappier.
You're less than 10% of the society, you broke down taboos and demystified sex- and you caused a demographic collapse.