The Instigator
El-Zorro
Con (against)
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The Contender
Sswdwm
Pro (for)
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23 Points

Has religion been good to humanity?

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Sswdwm
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/3/2014 Category: Religion
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (4)
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El-Zorro

Con

Round 1 is for acceptance.

Round 2 is for arguments.

Round 3 is for rebuttal.

Round 4 is for conclusion (No new arguments may be posted).

No personal attacks.

Stay respectful.
Sswdwm

Pro

Ah, why not.

Good luck Con!


Definitions [1]:

Religion - "An organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods"

Good - (Open to interpretation, I will assume beneficial is a suitable definition for now)

Humanity - "The quality or state of being human"


References:

[1] http://www.merriam-webster.com...
Debate Round No. 1
El-Zorro

Con

El-Zorro forfeited this round.
Sswdwm

Pro

Well, that was dissapointing.

I will briefly sketch out my case for religion having being good for society and hopefully Pro will address them in kind.

1. Community
Religion has, and does to this provide a community and opportunity for social and spiritual fulfilment with their locals.

2. Comfort
Most religions have some notion of an afterlife, which provides consolance and comfort for those hwo lose loved ones, or who may be concerned regarding facing their own mortality.

3. Charity
Religious foundations are some of the largest charitable organisations in the world, one example of many is Christian Aid[1], which applies 96.4% of it's £99,397,000 income for charitable purposed.

4. The illusion of the unknown
Religion answers many questions that would otherwise require difficult and complex scientific understanding which the people before the 20th century were in ill access of. Physical phenomenoa such as earthquakes, lightning, etc were easily attributed to assosiations with their particular religious belief, and hence reduced the perceived uncertainty in such events.

I'll substantiate my arguments more in the next round if my opponent returns.

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Debate Round No. 2
El-Zorro

Con

El-Zorro forfeited this round.
Sswdwm

Pro

All arguments extended...
Debate Round No. 3
El-Zorro

Con

I am very sorry that I forfeited two rounds.
I had a few technical problems with my computer.
I give the win to my opponent.
I would have enjoyed debating against you.
And again, I am very sorry.
Sswdwm

Pro

Thanks for your civility Pro. Perhaps we could debate again in future.
Debate Round No. 4
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Vote Placed by iamanatheistandthisiswhy 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I decided not to penalize Con for conduct, as apologies and external problems do not deserve to be punished. With respect to arguments and source, it is a clear win for Pro as Con could not participate. Over all I must say Pro presented a good case, but each argument could have been ripped apart by Con. Then again I am biased. ;)
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Reasons for voting decision: Hopefully El-Zorro's next debates will include fewer technical issues and more arguments.
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Reasons for voting decision: although he said sorry, he still loses conduct and the argument.