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Is organized religion detrimental to the progress of a first world society?

Asked by: Lordgrae
  • "Faith" is a regressive throwback to an age of ignorance and superstition.

    Every argument that can be made for a "god" can also be made for Fairies, UFOs and Santa Claus.
    That alone is enough reason to discount it.

    Add in the countless millions murdered by theists in the name of their "god", the civilizations destroyed, the societies toppled, and "religion" seems to be more of a driving force to conquer and kill than anything that could be called good.

    Millions are good without "god", so the moral justification is empty, as is the claim that America was based on "christianity", when the opposite is true.
    Our founders were progressive Deists with no denominational affiliatrions for the most part who pointedly excluded religion from the national order.

    "One of the embarrassing problems for the early nineteenth-century champions of the Christian faith was that not one of the first six Presidents of the United States was an orthodox Christian."--The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1968, p. 420.

    "The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity." --John Adams

    "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."--Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard, 1758

    "Religion I found to be without any tendency to inspire, promote, or confirm morality, serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly to one another."--Benjamin Franklin

    "Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on a man."--Thomas Jefferson

    "During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution." -James Madison

    "Christianity is not my religion."--A. Lincoln

  • It's a plague on modern society.

    The overwhelming barrage of attempts to inject religion into politics and people's lives is responsible for the social unrest in several if not all first world countries. The complete disregard for other people's lives, primarily at the hands of Christian and Islam proponents, should not be tolerated to ant extent. The organized religions need to be put into their place lest they turn nations into theocracies and proceed to strip away many of the freedoms we deserve. I cannot even begin to describe how disappointed I am in the lack of intelligence of JustCheNo's view on this issue.

  • Religion is Detrimental to all of humanity whether it be developed or undeveloped.

    Hinduism, Buddhism, and all other east Asian religions are peaceful and are tolerant, its mostly the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity and Islam. Even though these two religions have had many scientific contributers and advancements, they are still responsible for genocide, wars, imperialism, hatred, intolerance, and division. Both the Koran and Bible have verses that condone intolerance, hatred, slavery, genocide, and etc. They have helped suppressed individual thinking and independent thought and have killed people who disagreed with their teachings. The catholic church during the Renaissance suppressed scientific advancements when ever it was a threat to their power and continued to teach that the earth was flat and that the solar system was geocentric. Today, even though most catholics i seen and heard of are open minded and aren't fundamental idiots, fundamentalism in both religions still exist and continue to negatively impact humanity today. Extremist Muslims continue to reek havoc on the middle east and cause war all in the name of their prophet. In the United states fundamental evangelical Christians continue to show hatred and divide people, continue to negatively influence the Government by starting more wars in the middle east and trying to attack countries that aren't even really enemies of the U.S. To sum it up, Fundamental religion is what helps hold the human race back and continues to negatively affect our species by dividing us and causing hatred and suppression of independent thought. If we want humanity to have a better future religion must be either kept to itself, reformed, suppressed, not taken literally, or destroyed.

  • Religion is Detrimental to all of humanity whether it be developed or undeveloped.

    Hinduism, Buddhism, and all other east Asian religions are peaceful and are tolerant, its mostly the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity and Islam. Even though these two religions have had many scientific contributers and advancements, they are still responsible for genocide, wars, imperialism, hatred, intolerance, and division. Both the Koran and Bible have verses that condone intolerance, hatred, slavery, genocide, and etc. They have helped suppressed individual thinking and independent thought and have killed people who disagreed with their teachings. The catholic church during the Renaissance suppressed scientific advancements when ever it was a threat to their power and continued to teach that the earth was flat and that the solar system was geocentric. Today, even though most catholics i seen and heard of are open minded and aren't fundamental idiots, fundamentalism in both religions still exist and continue to negatively impact humanity today. Extremist Muslims continue to reek havoc on the middle east and cause war all in the name of their prophet. In the United states fundamental evangelical Christians continue to show hatred and divide people, continue to negatively influence the Government by starting more wars in the middle east and trying to attack countries that aren't even really enemies of the U.S. To sum it up, Fundamental religion is what helps hold the human race back and continues to negatively affect our species by dividing us and causing hatred and suppression of independent thought. If we want humanity to have a better future religion must be either kept to itself, reformed, suppressed, not taken literally, or destroyed.

  • Religion had its place in society.

    I feel this was a long time ago when we did not know much of the world and needed a way to explain things. Since then I feel that there is no cause for it to remain in place as a vehicle to communicate how we should live our lives.
    Going back to my first sentence I feel I should also add that religion used to be a way to control the uneducated masses by those richer and more powerful.

  • Religion was useful, but advancements in science have made it's theories inert.

    Religion was, undoubtedly, the most effective and probable theories on how the world works and why it works. That is, 500 years ago. Thousands of years of advancement with both morals and sciences leave the basis of religion and its unchanging ideas on the world lacking in as much sustainability or credibility as meany other theories.
    Unfortunately, religion was once held up for its ability to create and spread perfectly sensible theories on the world. This led to, in many cultures, religion becoming a status symbol, similar or sometimes above nobility. Power, no matter the cause or desire, always will corrupt. This is true in this case as well, and while I don't strictly think that all religious people are power-hungry, greedy deceivers, the basis of "tell your children about God(any) and ingrain that everything else is false" seems very immoral for any religion with moral basis (read: every religion that has a significant following).
    Science however, rather than stagnating, has every idea, theory, and law based on the idea that we know nothing and that everything we think we know could be entirely false. Obviously, this means that nothing is set in stone, and if something is incorrect, or even is thought to be possibly in some way incorrect, it needs to be tested and learned until we can understand exactly what it is.
    To me, this simply means that religion lost its time. It doesn't adapt to any new information, doesn't change its belief, and inevitably loses more and more credibility as time goes on.

  • Affects the public sector

    If organized religion has an effect on the public and laws prohibiting science and technology are affected by the same religious organizations then yes, religion is detrimental to progress in first world society. There is nothing wrong with religion, and religion can benefit certain people greatly, but it cannot affect scientific breakthroughs.

  • Freedom of Religion is the Key

    The United States figured out a long time ago that freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, is the way to progress forward. Without a specified religion to follow, America was able to develop into a secular powerhouse that is now the world's number one economy. Organized religion, especially in government, is detrimental to the progress of developed nations because religion tends to limit thinking when one religious dogma is favored over another.

  • Yes- just look at the US.

    For crying out loud, we're the only developed nation with a significant portion of science deniers (like creationists) and the vast majority of them get their motivation from religion. It is no coincidence that the US is the only significantly religious developed nation AND we have rock-bottom science and math scores.
    And what fields are incredibly important in an advancing society? Gee, that would be science, math, and technology.

    Organized religion also retards the advancement of human rights, as we can see with the discrimination against homosexuals and atheists/minority religions.

  • We must promote democratic republican government

    I think that religion is tyranny because it promotes imperialist monarchy of the Kingdom of God.
    To support it undermines freedom and democratic principles guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights . To adhere to a religion as the prime guidance tool of our civil society is a tremendous injustice because it enhances imperialist monarchies that adhere to the Kingdom of Heaven that score their points from doing evil deeds to society. I think the Kingdom of Heaven should become a republic.

  • What Do You Think "MADE US" A First World Society?

    This country is firmly rooted in Judeo Christian value. 23 of the original founding fathers were ordained Christian ministers. In fact of all the over 100 founding fathers there were only two who weren't Christian. Countries that have rejected God historically have fallen, and you can see this starting to happen in America today. It happened to the USSR, it's happening in Europe. If anything it's Atheism that's driving this once great country over the cliff.

  • Of course not

    It's fighting over it that plagues us as a first world country, not religion itself. Who cares if someone believes in God or not? Is that detrimental? So people want to believe in something more. WHO GIVES A CRAP!? The only way we move forward is as a WHOLE, Religious or non-religious.

    Posted by: O.Z
  • People will form exclusive tribes no matter what.

    Religion is a way of satisfying certain people's need to belong to an exclusive tribe that feels it has access to special dispensations of truth and/or power. Seriously, you even see this with cliquey behavior starting in high schools and well into adulthood among professional circles and other demographic divisions. The "What are THEY doing here?" protective mentality infects literally all humans who identify with a group of any kind. Until pure individuality can be embraced by every creature on this planet, religion will continue as a way for people to belong to the tribe and, as part of that, consciously acknowledge certain rules that mitigate violence towards one another. "Do into others" and "pray unceasingly" are inherently peaceful. Unfortunately the members of religious tribes -- like all others -- do not always remember to follow the golden rule when it comes to perceived threats OUTSIDE the tribe, and as long as they remain safely a part of the group they have little shame in resorting to all out mob warfare. Basically I'm saying there's no getting out of some form of "religion" dominating people's thoughts and actions until we all choose to walk our paths as individuals, rather than as role players following arbitrary rules in exchange for a sense of security. But that is a stage of enlightenment many years down the road for most.

  • No it isn't

    I do not follow any organized religion nor do I believe in organized religion. I do however think that it serves a good purpose in any society. I feel that it is beneficial to the progress of a first world society. Just because it doesn't work for me, or for others, doesn't mean that it isn't helpful to somebody else. Some people need religion to help them be better members of society which in turn makes society better.

  • Religion in itself is not a bad thing

    Religion as a practice isn't necessarily a bad thing to have in a first world society. It all depends on how the message of the religion is interpreted and distributed to the masses. Certain religions can be detrimental to progress. Religion, good, and bad are all relative things that have to be specified better to be positive or negative to society.

  • Community Activities Are Detrimental

    I do not believe organized religion is detrimental to the progress of a first world society. I believe organized religion provides a forum for community members to interact on an ongoing and regular basis. I do not believe it is the organized religion that is essential, it's just the interaction within the community.


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