• Always has, always will.

    Have there been exceptions? Of course. But in general nothing holds back scientific and technological progress like religion.
    Look at who set us back from the advancements of Greek and Roman culture to pitch us into the Dark Ages, and who executed people who proved biblical dictates (like a flat Earth or a geocentric model of the solar system)- religion.
    Look who fought against education for women? Religion.
    Look at who currently fights against breakthrough technologies like stem cell research, and established science like evolution and the Big Bang- Religion.
    Look at who is causing misery in the Third World because of superstition about "witches" and homosexuals, and lies about contraception- religion.

  • First of all,

    I think it is difficult to attribute something like "progress" or "impediment" to any one event. Atheists accuse religious people of the Crusade and Dark Ages, while religious people accuse atheists of the Stalinist and Maoist regime. We have to remember that things don't necessarily have causal effects or even a correlation if they happen together. Catholics claim responsibility for the University system and charitability while atheists boast the Enlightenment and scientific progress.

    That being said, on the issue of religion specifically, I do think what we would define as organized religion today is a serious impediment of general human progress. Organized religion has consistently shown a reluctance to accept any and all new ideas, ranging from stem cell research to equality for male and female. One very specific example of religious dogma hurting people is the spread of AIDS in Africa. The Catholic church forbids the use of condoms, which many uneducated Christians in Africa take seriously.

  • Religion is conservative.

    Religion is not evil nor must it necessarily be incompatible with science. However, religion is inherently conservative. With every argument where religious reasons are cited for one side, the side that religion falls on is always the more conservative stance and as such it, by definition impedes progress which requires change.

    Note, I am not saying that religion is always wrong. I am not saying that change is always beneficial. I am only saying that progress by its very nature requires change and religion by its nature resists it.

  • Religion impedes progress

    The major religions of today all tell of an afterlife, and a non scientific version of the creation of the world among many other false ideas. Christianity, the most followed religion in the world, tells of many incorrect versions of history. The Bible's version of the creation of the world is a 7 day creation of an all powerful creator with very little or no evidence of existence, which happened roughly 5,000 years ago. Intelligent people brought up as kids learning that things such as this is true instead of what modern day scientists believe to be most likely impedes many possible new scientist from growing up to help learn for the human race.
    It impedes social progress by telling of many old morals which are by today's standards immoral. An example of this is slavery which is encouraged in the Bible. People who believe in this instead of thinking for themselves hold back society. While most don't believe in slavery, many do still believe in the Bible's discrimination of gay people.

  • Not always compatible

    As you have pointed out in your argument religion does have its 'bad sides' when it comes to progress. Medieval Europe is a suitable example for this. The Catholic Church having permeated almost every people in Europe at that time and being able to dictate what was wrong and what was right did exercise its power to an extent that proved to be a hindrance to all sorts of progress. The Church had the ability to discredit an idea by just deeming it heretic. Just to name one example: the banning of many of Galileo's ideas. So that begs the question if the Church really did not impede progress at least sometime in human history. If the question were 'Does religion always impede progress' I would totally agree with you, but as it is I do think that it does.

  • Religion treats humans like inferior creatures and even encourage inferiority to maintain the glory of some higher being

    Christianity, Islam and Judaism all tell stories of humans being inherently inferior because of sin or because they have already set forth a purpose to every individual: to serve a higher being and do nothing else. If humanity tries to achieve greatness in their own way, they are punished in some way such as the babel story which humans tried to achieve greatness by creating an imposing tower only to be destroyed by an insecure jealous god simply because said tower offends him. Islam is not innocent of the same themes as the belief itself dictates that humans are oppressed by sin and the only way to free ourselves is to prostrate to god and his laws (shariah) which is ironically even more limiting.

    Religion discourages the individual from seeing the greater part in themselves, to see through their purported inferiority and realize their greatest potentials in lives which in turn drives people to contribute to the progress of society, something lacking in religious cultures of the Islamic world (today), Africa and even Russia (their lack of innovation at this time is staggering due to their overwhelming fanaticism to orthodox christianity) and this is as a result of what religion tells them, they are discouraged from seeing other means to fulfill their lives by achieving their potential to compensate for its emptiness as religion chooses to teach that embracing scriptures is the only way for true fulfillment and no amount of dream catching will offer the same experience.

    Sad isn't it?

    You are born sinful vs you are special and talented. Which is will make you feel bad?

  • Religion impede scientific advancement and freedom for women

    1. Whenever scientific findings conflict with the position of the holy book, religious leaders will try to suppress the truth. When that fail, they will rear their fang at the scientists.

    2. The holy books of the three major monotheistic religions are targeted against womanhood. Women are considered inferior to men.

    No society can grow when science is suppressed and women freedom denied

  • Religion is conservatism

    Conservatism is conserving the ideas and systems of the past or present. Being progressive is working toward progress.. Those are the bases of the words. Religious folks/conservatives tend to reject ideas or solutions on the grounds of "the Bible said so" which doesn't lend itself to a very productive conversation. I think society functions better when it has the freedom to progress and isn't hindered by arbitrary "truths"..

  • Yes, in my opinion.

    Religion impedes progress in that it makes people who follow it narrow-minded. Religion convinces people that it has all the answers; thus, no effort is needed to search for answers. However, to understand the world in its entirety, we must collectively strive to find the logical answers to this puzzle we live in. Everywhere, religion has suppressed the idea of curiosity by denouncing it with absurd taboos. And this deception continues to disintegrate the innate nature of a human to search for the greater answers. By contrast, open-minded attempts lead to medical, technological, and social advancements. The key is to ignore religion and let it gradually die out in order to boost our perception of the real world--which is full of mysterious things and yet to be discovered and invented things.

  • Yes, religion does impeded progress

    This is not in any way an attempt to disrespect the church, the bible, or Christians, however I do believe that religion is a large impediment on our society. People who follow the bible are not open minded and are not accepting of change in most cases. Any kind of introduction to something new is denied because the words didn't come out of the mouth of god.

  • Religion inspires and uplifts.

    Happy people are more willing and able to make significant contributions to society. Religious people are generally happy people. This is not to say that non-religious people can not be happy people, only that people who are religious are statistically more likely to be happy.

    Based on peoples' opinions so far, I see that people define "progress" in different ways. I see "progress" as continued learning and innovations in technology and standard of living.

  • Religion can be a strong support in a tough world

    When used intelligently religion can give an individual strength and conviction. There are numerous historical examples where religion and science mesh and work together to better society. There have also been times where religion has saved mankind from losing the sciences. One prime example of this is the "dark ages" in European history, where the Roman Catholic church educated the clergy and safeguarded many scientific documents that would otherwise have been lost.

  • Religion and science have been compatible in the past.

    As basic human nature dictates, we are constantly striving for technological and social progress. In the past, almost all religions, at some point in time, have been major movers in the march towards both forms of progression. A major example is Islam, a religion that kept and expanded upon Greek and Roman science whilst Europe fell into a sort of "dark age", where technological progress wasn't occurring at the rate it once was. This is still true today, as religions, whilst they have their "bad" side, help in aiding social and technological progress.

  • Think about it

    People often like to quickly put all the blame on religion for the lack of "progress". In reality, it is people who make the decisions that impede people's opinions of "progress" that do this. Religion is just people. People can only say things. There are more "people people" than religion.

  • Wrong question to ask

    Religion doesn't impede progress; religious people do. By relentlessly exerting their opinion on other people, religious extremists make it extremely difficult for the human species to appear reasonable. Believe what you want, but don't make others try to believe the same thing. If you want followers, DO something; don't just spit out words that don't really make sense and try and back it up with an ancient book. Actually care for those in need or save the polar bears or something. Less words, more actions.

  • Man is the problem no religion

    Religion like capitalism and communism are not bad in nature but are corrupted by man. I think capitalism stands in the way of progress more than anything if it doesn't make a profit it doesn't fly even if its the greatest idea ever. Im sure by now if religion could it would have cured cancer unlike capitalism which finds no profit in treating the disease but much profit in the symptoms. Its man that wants to dictate not religion so no its not in the way of progress.

  • Still moving forward

    Christianity for the most part only binds people to a certain family .Its not something trying to take your rights away creativity is ok,technology when used correctly (not porn,etc) ,medically I believe all Christians accept doctors medical practices cause were not idiots accept abortion cause your body has rights but so does the person inside of you atleast that's my idea

  • Still moving forward

    Christianity for the most part only binds people to a certain family .Its not something trying to take your rights away creativity is ok,technology when used correctly (not porn,etc) ,medically I believe all Christians accept doctors medical practices cause were not idiots accept abortion cause your body has rights but so does the person inside of you atleast that's my idea

  • Still moving forward

    Christianity for the most part only binds people to a certain family .Its not something trying to take your rights away creativity is ok,technology when used correctly (not porn,etc) ,medically I believe all Christians accept doctors medical practices cause were not idiots accept abortion cause your body has rights but so does the person inside of you atleast that's my idea

  • How to make chicken nuggets

    Homemade chicken nuggets are so much healthier and tastier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and they're a cinch to make, too. Ready to put them to the taste test? Let's get started.
    For this recipe you will need:
    1 lb of chicken breast
    1/2 cup bread crumbs (panko or Italian)
    1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
    (1) egg, beaten; 3 Tbsp. Butter, melted or 3 Tbsp. Cooking oil

    Trim off any fat from the chicken breasts. Then, chop them up into nugget-sized pieces. You can eat cut them into chicken tenders, if you'd prefer.

    Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan and garlic together in a large bowl. Add any other spices or seasonings that you'd like to include (thyme, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, etc.).
    Place the egg, butter or cooking oil in a second bowl.

    Lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper. Then, dip a nugget into the bowl with your egg, butter or oil, and allow the excess to run off. Now, dip the nugget into your bread crumbs, and coat it completely. Place your first nugget on a cookie sheet (if baking) or a plate (if frying), and repeat with the remaining nuggets.

    For Baked Nuggets: Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip once halfway through.
    For Fried Nuggets: Pour an inch of cooking oil into a pan, and heat to 350-375 degrees. Place the nuggets in the pan, and cook them until they are golden brown on one side. Then, flip them over, and cook the other side. Place the finished nuggets on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any grease.
    Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, and watch them disappear!

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