The Instigator
ASocraticAlpaca
Con (against)
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The Contender
Varrack
Pro (for)
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Religion has done more good for the world than bad.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/1/2015 Category: Religion
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ASocraticAlpaca

Con

First round is acceptance.
Last round is conclusions (no new arguments)
please cite sources at the end of each round!
Varrack

Pro

I accept this debate.
Debate Round No. 1
ASocraticAlpaca

Con

Throughout the course of history, religion has played a huge part in the events and culture of the Human race. Religion has inspired great minds to build and do great things, such as Michelangelo, or Queen Isabella. But all too often religion is a hindrance and bane to mankind and his progress. Where it not for religion would there have been a mass extermination of Jews in WWII? Would 6 million lives be extinguished where it not for their faith and that their faith conflicted with the faith and ideology of the Third Reich? Is anyone's faith or religion an acceptable justification for the loss of even one human life? As far as my godless morals tell me, the answer is a resounding "No!"
Varrack

Pro

Thank you, Con, for instigating this debate. My case shall consist of both my own contentions and a rebuttal to my opponent's argument.

C1) Charity

Throughout history, religion has been the propelling factor behind charity and helping others. It motivates people to contribute to humanitarian efforts and issues such as world hunger, poverty, and abuse. Many Christians have decided to "take up the cross" by looking after "the poor, their widows and orphans, their sick and dying" as the Bible asks of them. The first hospitals in the West were built by them, and Christian leaders are the founders of many charities around the world, such as the Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club, and the YMCA. Vincent de Paul[1] and Mother Teresa[2], both of whom were religious, dedicated their lives to the service of the poor and sick.

C2) Inspiration

Some of the most enriched and genius writers, artists, musicians, architects, and scholars in all of humanity's history have been inspired because of religion. The beautiful Catholic cathedrals of Europe display a unique kind of art that has stood for hundreds of years, from the medieval periods and earier. Galileo, Copernicus, Boyle, Newton, Pasteur, and many others all saw their scientific vocation in distinctively Christian terms. Holidays such as Christmas and Easter would not be around today had it not been for religion.

C3) Moral Progress

Religion helps people to have faith to keep moving forward, such as with alcoholics, criminals, and the depressed. The anti-slavery movements of America and England both began with Christians who believed slavery to be morally wrong and something that ought to be rid of. William Wilberforce was driven by Christian convictions in the late 1700's to begin the anti-slavery movement[3] that would eventually have slavery abolished in England by 1833. Many morals and laws of modern society were influenced by Christian and Jewish teachings.

I can elaborate on these arguments more in future rounds, but for now I will keep them as they are.

R1) Holocaust

Con's single argument is that if it weren't for religion, the Holocaust would have never happened. This is a poor argument, and a silly one as well. Is it really rational to blame a mass extermination on a single factor, one that was the victim of what happened? There are many things we can attribute to the causes of the Holocaust, such as anti-Semitism, Hitler's rise, German embarassment after World War I, and so on. This is like saying that boys who wear purple jackets are the cause of bullying that happens to them, when in reality it is the bullies who are the cause of the problem. There are many different factors that would have made the Holocaust never occur at all, so it really is absurd to blame religion out of all things. Religion was not used to harm Jews, nor was it the leading factor behind any of the exterminatinos that happened, so this argument is doesn't hold up very well.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org...;
[2] http://www.biography.com...
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org...
Debate Round No. 2
ASocraticAlpaca

Con

ASocraticAlpaca forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
ASocraticAlpaca

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
ASocraticAlpaca

Con

ASocraticAlpaca forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by TBR 1 year ago
TBR
I have to giggle a little @Varrack. Con I wish you well. I had this debate before you with a.... less than competent counter, and Varrack ask if I would like to do it again. I hope you, con, do a better job then my opposition before, and know that Varrack will give you a run.
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