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The fear of damnation and the hope of salvation are the cornerstones of faith. (faith = a state of non-thinking. Richard Dawkins) Religion is an opinion, not necessarily shared by all. The carrot and stick method of herding humans seems to be very popular in religious thinking. Do what you are told and bribe the preachers well, you go to Heaven. Refuse to obey and reject the tithing and you are doomed to Hell instead. John Lennon song IMAGINE. Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace..
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Dalia Gilboa says:
February 8, 2013 at 11:50 am
People need something to hang to because there are phenomena they don’t understand and that brings about fear and a feeling of insecurity. Religion is a consoling solution. Science can’t answer every question we have. It’s not easy to live with the reality of doubt. We then suppress some of the questions we’ll never know answers to. The ability to live with the unanswered questions is the essence of our lives. By the way the Nazis in Germany were against religion, so were the Communists in Russia, and they caused a lot of troubles.
Martha Fenner says:
September 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm
It is not religion, per se, that is dangerous. It is intolerance that is wickedly destructive. Chauvinism, if you will, of religious belief that causes the trouble. It becomes either / or when religioous believers staunchly impose their notions on the rest of the world / us. I think.
Geert Jan Talens says:
November 21, 2011 at 4:53 am
It’s not either / or. We are humans, our brain has developed both a rational and a spiritual side. Ratio tells us where religion goes wrong, but it’s the spirit that connects us to the whole system (instinct, moral, imagination). It runs it’s own course as a guiding light, and cannot be known in a rational way. We need rituals to come to terms with everything science cannot solve. I’m an artist, I should know. Art is a ritual trying to connect to the big questions of life. Art has a hard time today, because of the emphasis on clean, sterile and absolute science. Religion has given structure to our world, but the people and institutions who put it into practice, misuse it.
Bert Christensen says:
April 22, 2011 at 11:38 am
Religion can hardly be touted as promoting harmonious living. Think of all the wars waged in the name of religion. Religion has championed anti-abortion, anti-birth control, anti-the GBLT community including the right to marriage. All this in the name of Christianity. I won’t even get started on Islam.
Religion holds rigidly to writings of hundreds or thousands of years ago refusing to change. Science on the other hand is constantly changing, adapting to new emerging discoveries and being open to new ideas and building on them.
Certainly religions have some good things to say but given the terrible things perpetrated in the name of religion, I cannot think of religion as anything but evil or, at least, a negative influence.
November 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm
There simply is no religion without the practitioner. The flaw lies precisely there. Religion may shelter evil people but so has any collective ideology — including science, politics, etc. Humans have to reconcile the evil within individual by individual. Sadly , self extinction occurs long before this becomes common knowledge, let alone a majority practice independent of cultural differences.
Anne Treadwell says:
April 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm
Can you perhaps give an example of a piece of “non-religous” and contemporary work from the social or other sciences of the kind you have in mind, i.e., with the power to inspire harmonious living?
I find it interesting and a little saddening to see this choice posed, yet again, between science and religion, when surely that’s like having to choose between sight and hearing, or history and geography — or conservation and progress!