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is religion better than science for humanity? why might either side be bad? or good for humanity?

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Started: 3/1/2016 Category: Religion
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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shenickbadii

Pro

I think religion is better for humanity since Many religions do good things like giving to charity, helping people in times of need, and provide a community for people. Religion gives comfort and hope to people who would not otherwise have it.
Jedd

Con

I accept. Thanks to Pro for bringing up such a topic.

First of all, people don't have to be religious to be charitable. You state that many religions do good things like giving to charity, but indeed they don't donate 'in the name of God', they donate because it's kind and it's the right thing to do. Providing a community for people- well one doesn't have to be religious to be part of a society either.

Religion provides comfort- that's one thing I cannot refute. Promises of eternal bliss after death and immortality, the love of an invisible being- that's comfort all right. But hope- well, a cancer patient would want a doctor to tell him how much time he has left instead of 'you're fine,' no hope is definitely better than false hope. Religion is a gathering and a means of spiritual support, nothing else.

Science, on the other hand, brought us to where we are today. We now understand the natural world- gravity, light, oceans, cells, natural processes- far, far better than if we just said 'God did it'. Towers we see today, products of architecture, biology and archaeology and computer engineering, all products of countless hours of research and devotion to understand the world more or make the world a better place. I doubt you'd have clean water without the filtration systems today, I doubt you'd know the planets without science today, I doubt you'd have the internet o share and learn and post your argument without advancements in science we see today.

If we all stuck to religion I doubt we'd make it out of the Stone Ages. We'd be, you know, cavemen praying to constellations.
Debate Round No. 1
shenickbadii

Pro

shenickbadii forfeited this round.
Jedd

Con

Uh, seems like Pro quit. I'll just mention a comment.

"It is quite important to mention that throughout history, major religions have censored countless works of science that would have led to the advancement of knowledge about the world. There is quite a bit of information on religious censorship, and the prosecution of heretics. Rationally, if religion controlled everything, humanity would not be better off, as free thought would become restricted, and the differing of opinions would lead to violent conviction. -JaanVahl <--Thanks, mate

I'm seriously lazy.

Please don't deduct my conduct.


Debate Round No. 2
shenickbadii

Pro

shenickbadii forfeited this round.
Jedd

Con

Jedd has not forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by JaanVahl 11 months ago
JaanVahl
No problem Con. Im sure many of you have already heard this thought many times, but when a person needs to believe in an intangible deity which will punish him or her whenever he/she does something bad, in order to refrain from doing bad things, is that person not morally lacking on their own? To avoid sinning simply because they believe they will be punished for it in the afterlife. The majority of people who dont believe in any particular deity do so either out of rational thought, but also because they have morals of their own. You dont need to bring out statistics of crimes and murder relating to atheists. There are bad apples in every bunch. Take for instance the cases of truly evil people who had committed heinous acts, claiming they were "Told by the devil" to do them, or the many cases of genocide in history where "Good" christians massacred those who didnt share their faith.
Posted by JaanVahl 11 months ago
JaanVahl
It is quite important to mention that throughout history, major religions have censored countless works of science that would have led to the advancement of knowledge about the world. There is quite a bit of information on religious censorship, and the prosecution of heretics. Rationally, if religion controlled everything, humanity would not be better off, as free thought would become restricted, and the differing of opinions would lead to violent conviction. On the other hand, if the entirety of the human race was convinced of one "truth" upon which everyone agreed, we would be that much more ignorant. Is it not a popular saying that ignorance is bliss?
Posted by jglass841 11 months ago
jglass841
Science has taught us more in the last 100 years than religion has in the last 2,000.
Posted by WhineyMagiciann5 11 months ago
WhineyMagiciann5
People can give charity and help others without religion you know.
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Vote Placed by U.n 11 months ago
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