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Is Religion A Force For Good In The World?
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By ZeusAres42ZeusAres42 446 Pts
Following an interesting debate from Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair which I still have yet to finish I would like to know what other peoples views here are in regards to this question.

I myself haven't looked at this too deeply to have a definitive position. With that being said, however, I am currently leaning towards the position that religion is not a force for good or at least not necessary as being a force for good in the world. What do you think?


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  • I'm with Christopher on this one... To me religion is a paleolithic philosophical tool, sure it helped early tribes social cohesion when we learned to walk on two legs but it's as outdated as an Oldowan stone chopper... 

    Insisting on using religion to explain Existence when we have science and philosophy is like insisting on using a flint hand axe to perform brain surgery... Results are about the same...
    " Adversus absurdum, contumaciter ac ridens! "
  • MayCaesarMayCaesar 1793 Pts
    I don't think religion is really a force in itself. Religion is merely a reflection of human flaws, of our innate desire to have the image of the world that resonates with our psychological traits and that compensates for our insecurities - even if that image of that world has no reason to have much in common with the real world. If there was no religion, there would be some other ideology covering the gaps the absence or religion leaves.

    The overall role of religion is probably negative, although it does have some positive effects - but, again, it is not as much the fault of religion as that of us, humans.
  • DeeDee 652 Pts
    No it’s certainly not , religion has been used to tyrannize ,subjugate and divide people since it’s first inception and it continues to do so , take a look at Islamic countries that follow Sharia law where women are treated as inferiors to men , apostates are jailed or executed , child brides perfectly  acceptable  and homosexuality given the harshest of punishments.

    A belief in a god came into being by people who could not explain natural phenomena as in storms , lunar eclipses , earthquakes etc ,etc the one who claimed to know was elevated to the special status as one in communion with the gods and thus began the whole religious racket 
  • I try to be a good person, and serve people, but some religious people are nasty. Every faith has good, and bad people. I hope that helps.
  • As a Christian realist, I believe that Religion can be a tool for the greatest charity. However, I am far from blind. Religions the world over have been radicalized to wage war against others, commit massive atrocities, all while failing to follow on the potential they have for generating charity, goodwill, and the overall public good. In our current state, I believe religion only can serve to further divide our species as a whole. 
  • First of all religion is stems from the Greek word religio and religion is defined as ; deep contemplation or thought.

    1. Thoughts, are not a source of knowledge. The range of knowledge or experieience of any person is based on information.

    2. If someone does not know who God is, they lack such information as a basis for the knowledge of God's existence and individuality.

    Second yeshuahredeemed what are you doing? You are not called to agree with the dust. I reject these people's false sense of the world and testify Jesus is God and Lord.

    They are returning to the dust and if in unveilief are going to hell and eternal damnation. There is not value in what they esteem.

    religion , does nothing for anyone.

    I keep on stating a fact CHRISTIANITYS not a religion.

    Third reality is defined as all of what is real or exists therefore since Jesus came in the flesh, all of what is real or exists is based on the matter of fact Jesus is God.

    You are limited to consider reality only by all of what has happened to determine what is known.

    Religion is not based on practical knowledge nor is what the secular retards call science.

    Jesus is God and Lord.

    Religion sends you straight to hell because it is at emnity with Jesus.

    Religion is meant to divide not determine what is actual.
  • And kiss my Debra, whoever designed your ai is a retard.
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