If there were no religion, would the world be more peaceful?

  • Yes, Religion is basically the only reason there are wars.

    The "No" arguments basically say not all wars are based on religion. But the further you dig into the layers of reasoning behind war, religion always ends up showing its ugly face. Religion is war, the people who say otherwise are more following idiots that will defend it in fear of going to "hell". The world would be a much more peaceful place without religion. Less fear, less crime and less hate in a world without religion. Everyone would be accepted, and or eventually be accepted as with religion they(we) will never evolve because of them. For now, we are stuck in the dark ages, a world of war until the religions die off.

  • Yes. Religion shows everyone a right path to become a good human being. But we can choose a right path by ourself.

    If a person follows any religion strictly, he/she will always do everything according to his/her religion. And there arises the real problem as other religion's act isn't bearable to him/her. It is against his/her religion. So the way the two people see each other is different because no religion matches the other religion completely. There is a great difference. I think everybody got what I mean.

  • less radicals equals more peace

    Some people just take their beliefs to far. They get upset that not everyone thinks like they do. They think they feel this inner peace and they want everyone to feel it. That is until people do things that go ageist their beliefs. Then, they get enraged and start doing things that go against what they say they believe. They tell other people who believe what they do, and get them riled up. The group of people then take to the streets, causing chaos everywhere they go. That is how wars start. The world would be a much better place if people would just except that we all have different beliefs. It is OK that people believe in God, and it is OK that people do not believe in God.

  • Spirituality over religion

    Most religions believe that theirs is the right one, and will fight to spread the word and "recruit" people into their own belief. If the world were spiritual and not of religious organization,. We would believe as one and work with each other in the same belief system. I personally believe that each religion is their own interpretation of the same God.

  • Religion is made-up delusion to promote self-righteousness

    If there was no religion, people will be judged on the merit of their actions not their made-up stories and believes. Religion has become truth in our society and we as a society need to seperate TRUTH from FICTION and judge every person on there actions as a human being.

  • It would depend on how this is achieved politically

    It can't be like Stalin's state atheism. He based this on the fact that science and religion are antagonistic to each other. This doesn't seem that radical of a notion, right?
    What was radical was his ideology and how he implemented this into a totalitarian system.
    The freedom to religion is the most important determinant of religious impact in the world

  • Religion is a cause of conflict, but not the only one.

    And you cannot deny this. It's not even just about war; it's also about LGBT+ acceptance (duh), abortion (see: pro-life vs pro-choice reasons), immigration (see: banning people of certain religions from entering a country) education (see: evolution vs. Creationism, anyone?), even distribution/usage of wealth (see: televangelists taking advantage of the desperate for their own gains). Disagreements in all of these issues (and more) lead to strife.
    I'm not saying religion is bad, but you have to admit, religion is one of the numerous divisions within society, and when there is division, there is disagreement; and where there is disagreement, there is conflict. The world would be a less complicated place if there is no religion.

    The question asks if the world would be more peaceful. Yes, I think it would be more peaceful if there was one less thing dividing us, but it would not be TOTALLY peaceful. That would be unrealistic, as there are other causes of conflict (poverty, greed, ideological (not religious) differences, etc.). In fact, the only way the world would be peaceful is if freedom of thought is taken away and everyone agrees with each other on everything.

  • No more religion sectors means more peace and understanding

    Worlds with different religion beliefs cannot find the common ground to live peacefully with each other. If we can have a world in which there is no religion, but only shared ethical values, we can live together harmoniously. Possibly, it will also leads to less political conflicts, and hopefully, no more fighting, between ethnic groups and between world nations.

  • Less religion less fighting

    A lot of problems are because of religion. The Islamic terrorism is because of religious extremists. People may say it's not fair to blame religion for terrorism because not all Muslims are terrorist that only the extremists are terrorist. That is true but if there wasn't any religion you wouldn't have any religious extremists.

  • Yes. The truth could hurt though.

    Religion gives people self-righteousness, but it might not be any more than that. All stories from near death experiences vary from super leaders (such as religious gods), to nothing but a soul flying. Believing in something strongly will allow it to permanently part of your life and after-life. Most likely, whatever you strongly believe in, it will happen to you after death. But, religion is not true and has caused many conflicts such as the crusades (one of the bloodiest battles in history caused by religion). If humans were never exposed to believing in a creator, our species would be more advanced than we are currently.

  • not at all

    no, even if there was not any religion in the world, there would still be a whole lot of fighting just from the different race groups and from the different ideas that the people would still have, and i do not think that there is any way that you can change.

  • The world would not be more peaceful if there was no religion.

    The world would not be more peaceful if there were no religion.In order to feel peaceful a society and its people need to feel secure.Religion in and of itself works to give iits people a sense of security and peacefulness that they would not otherwise have if they did not have religion.

  • No, the world would not be more peaceful without religion.

    I do not believe the world would be more peaceful without religion. While religion is the cause of some wars, I do think that if religion were to not exist, it would be replaced by another catalyst to which people will start wars with. I think that the idea of a world without war is not realistic.

  • Religion is not a driving cause of war.

    Religion is a tool that can be used to wage war and to build coalitions, but no matter the religious expression or lack thereof, war occurs regardless of whether religion is an element or not. The belief that one is absolutely right and must stop those who are wrong or evil is a state associated with religious figures, but intolerance of other viewpoints and unwillingness to compromise is the driver of war.

  • No I don't believe it would

    The fact that many moral arguments based upon arguments of God. If there were no gods or religion. Then many things that had been morally wrong such as murdering, may then not be considered completely wrong this means that the world would become a much more savage place. People would not know what is right or wrong. They would have nothing to stop them from doing something wrong, as they do not believe in any God meaning there is no punishment for when they are dead. This means some peoples actions would be very bad compared to if they believed in a religion, as their religion would hold them back from these actions.

    Now you might say that the law will stop people from doing unreasonable things and so religion wouldn’t make a difference in their actions as law would act like the rules of earth. However, what people fear when it comes to religion is having a bad life after death. This means that unlike with law if you go and do something so stupid and crazy which ends up you breaking the law, killing people and then you plan on being killed as well. Then it won’t matter to you. However, with religion that would stop the suicidal danger. And make people realise if they do something like that there will still be a kind of punishment in your afterlife. And yes according to Islamic extremists committing terroristic acts make you go to heaven. However, I have already explained the fact that this doesn’t matter as there would still be an equal amount of terrorism with or without religion.

    Religion is also a sort of hope in life. To me even though I’m christened but I don’t really go to church outside of school if there were no religions in the world I would very occasionally feel lost in this world for there would be no higher alien type being to simply look up to and respect. This would mean that many people would be very much lost with no hope in this world.. This could then lead the world into much more conflict and violence. As I believe dictatorships would be a lot more common as people need to look up to something and to pray to in this world.

    This also comes to the fact that it would probably be impossible for there to be no religions in this world. As at a broad term of religion it is just simply hope for humans. It is something that comes natural to the inevitable insecurity of humans. Humans want something that they know is controlling this world they want everything to be under control. And so without any religion it would drive everyone crazy making more violent. And so humans would naturally make an idol that they would pray to and look up to this for me would count as a religion. And so I think that with no religion is actually an impossible situation.

  • It doesn‘t matter

    Many if not most of the so-called religious conflicts simply use religion as a scapegoat to hide much more profane reasons like gaining territory, money or other. So while religion certainly does NOT promote peace, it doesn‘t promote violence either. It‘s just a convenient excuse for horrible persons to commit terrible crimes throughout history, nothing more, nothing less.

  • Religion is the foundation of morals

    War can and will be waged regardless of religion. If religion is there, war can be waged in its name. But really it is just being used as an excuse. Without religion, war would still be waged with a different reason.

    What cannot be replaced is morals. Morals come from religion. It is not what make people moral, as a non-religious person can be just (if not more moral) than a religious person. Personal morality is a choice. But the foundation of where these morals come from is religion.

    Without religion ever having existed, morals would be strength based instead of faith based. Without the promise of a reward in the hereafter for being good now; without the promise of wealth on high for being humble on earth, action would be based off of what will put me in the best situation, regardless of what my neighbor experiences. In point of fact, this puts me in direct competition with each of my neighbors, instead of putting us in the same boat, as religion suggests.

    Granted, each religion has different morals that place each group into conflict. But that is a conflict that can be resolved since each group should be trying to maintain a moral superiority. It is only when humans fail and lose that moral footing that war occurs.

  • Religion promotes peace

    Religion does not define individuals. Each person is solely responsible for their own decisions which are determined by characteristics of their personality. Religion can be interpreted in many ways, not all of which are good, but this is down to the individual and their own maxims. Religion does not promote war.

  • Religion promotes peace

    Religion does not define individuals. Each person is solely responsible for their own decisions which are determined by characteristics of their personality. Religion can be interpreted in many ways, not all of which are good, but this is down to the individual and their own maxims. Religion does not promote war.

  • Lack of knowledge of religions in peoples mind

    Lack of religion
    Some people believe that religion destroys the community and distinguish it, and that all what we want to know in life can be discovered through science, but that is wrong in many ways.
    Sociologists believes that the people who usually say that life isn’t connected to religions are the people who stayed away from it , the lack of knowledge of religions in peoples mind , make them say what they have said. Not being able or not wanting to dig deep into religions could cause you such thoughts about religions and how life works with it.
    From the moment we were born , religions had taught us how to act , talk, eat and breath, it taught us how to live our lives happily and peacefully, no religion has ever incite us to harm any living being in this world , so how could religion be the main cause of war?

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