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Does religion have a positive or negative impact on society?

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Started: 11/19/2015 Category: Religion
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zipper68

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Religion has a negative impact on society.

By society, the theses means: Human kind, human society, human existence and overall human population. What makes up the general community of humans.

Old and recent history shows that religion has more of a negative impact on society then positive. Because it is such an influential topic, certain people and groups will interpertate it differently, and then cause conflict over it. These conflicts can range from small disputes, to waging wars, and because it is taken so seriously, some people will do anything to prove their religion is dominant. Religion has been a setback to technology and society for centuries, and only recently has society been able to over come some of these challenges, however; it still negatively affects human advancement in these subjects. Un-necessary events have happened because of religion and it's influences on other peoples. Religion has always been negative to society and always will, because of how it affects peoples lives.
WCBC15

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The two main objections brought up on this topic is "religion is the cause of most wars" and "religion has held back scientific progress". While ill agree some religious groups have gone to war sole on religious issues and some have held back scientific advancement, the over whelming evidence shows that religious people not only bring more peace, help and prosperity but also brought "science" to where it is now. Pro states "Religion has always been negative to society and always will, because of how it affects peoples lives" I expect Pro to defend this claim whole heartedly cause thats a bold claim with no evidence to back it up.

Religion has been a force for good in many ways. Lets just assume for this debate that there is no God and that the purpose some people have made for their life is to be religious, which would be no different than someone choosing to live their life secular. Religious people have done great works to help advance human societies, one of the ways is by charities and organizations. To list a few:
YMCA (They help kids with after school programs to keep kids fit and out of trouble. The Salvation Army is a Christian based organization that has helped third world countries with food and shelter. Habitat For Humanity International has helped build shelter for low income and poor families and countries. St. Judes and other religious hospitals, there are now 5,724 hospitals in the United States ,over 630 are Catholic (1). World Relief,Christian Aid Canada/USA,International Prison Ministry, Reformers Unanimous as well as the mission works, orphanages, schools and counseling churches do help the world be a better place.

The objection raised by atheist and skeptics that religion is the cause of most wars is not one that is backed up by the facts. "Research published in October from the New York and Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace looked at all of the wars that took place in 2013. It found no 'general causal relationship' between religion and conflict. In fact, religious elements played no role at all in 14 (40%) of the 35 armed conflicts in the research, and only five (14%) had religious elements as their main cause, the report showed(2). "The Encyclopedia of Wars, an extensive study published in 2008, chronicles 1,763 wars throughout human history. It names just 123 as 'religious in nature' " a little under 7%(2)." This is a major fact skeptics and atheist seem to skip over to try prove their point. "The Institute for Economics and Peace report also found that having less religion in a country doesn"t make it more peaceful. The proportion of atheists in a country had no bearing on levels of peace.(2)" The facts back this up with some of the most secular countries and their leaders have caused a lot of pain and suffering to their countries. Mao Ze-Dong (China, Tibet) 49-78,000,00 people murdered, Jozef Stalin (USSR) 15,000,000 people murdered, Kim II Sung (North Korea)1.6 million people murdered, Tito (Yugoslavia ) 570,000 people murdered , Suharto (Communists) 500,000 people murdered, Ante Pavelic (Croatia) 359,000 people murdered, Adolf Hitler (Germany) 12,000,000 people murdered (3). Those are just a few leaders who lead secular nations and they in no way were more "peaceful" without religion.

Im amazed at how people still think religious people have held science and technology back when it was the religious who got science to where it is now. Nicholas Copernicus was the Polish astronomer who put forward the first mathematically based system of planets going around the sun. Sir Francis Bacon was a philosopher who is known for establishing the scientific method of inquiry based on experimentation and inductive reasoning. Johannes Kepler was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer. He did early work on light, and established the laws of planetary motion about the sun. Galileo Galilei. Rene Descartes was a French mathematician, scientist and philosopher who has been called the father of modern philosophy. Isaac Newton In optics, mechanics, and mathematics, Newton was a figure of undisputed genius and innovation. William Thomson Kelvin was foremost among the small group of British scientists who helped to lay the foundations of modern physics. Max Planck made many contributions to physics, but is best known for quantum theory, which revolutionized our understanding of the atomic and sub-atomic worlds. Francis Collins, a medical doctor, is director of the National Human Genome Research Institute(4). It is painfully obvious that without religious people science would not have got as far as we have. To argue this point further would be out of rebellion to the facts.

Religion has been a positive force to human society and even though there have been dark days, the light thats shines from religion will continue to light the path to human progress.

(1)http://www.propublica.org...
(2)http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk...
(3)http://www.patheos.com...
(4)http://www.godandscience.org...
Debate Round No. 1
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