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Is religion becoming a negative aspect on humanity

Asked by: DH
  • It is no longer needed

    I can admit that religion has helped shape humanity into what it is today, but is is nolonger useful towards us. Religion prevents people from doing a number of things and has also been the cause of disputes like religious wars. Without religion humanity could be so much more successful because scientists would also be free to work with things that have religious prevention like stemcell research and cloning.

    Posted by: DH
  • It can promote good works but it is unnecesary and potentially harmful

    Religion was a construct used by man to rationalize his existence, placate himself before the threat of death and provide justification for morals and ethics in an age of ignorance; however, just as religion solidified group dynamics and upheld social structure, it bred and justified intolerance towards the other and opposed all other viewpoints, it was a tool for control. LGBT prejudices stem from the abrahamic proscription against homosexuality and it has been used to justify countless inhuman acts.

    As our knowledge of the world grows, religion becomes increasingly irrelevant, particularly in developed societies and this is evidence by creationist opposition to scientific knowledge and christian scientists's opposition to medicine. The hypocrisy is evidenced by the contradictory attitudes of religious groups to other religions, seeing them as illogical and false by using many the same arguments that would undermine their own beliefs. The idea that religion is necessary for morality has been refuted in my first paragraph and has been proven false by the increased number and success of secular societies. Citing the brutal acts of organized atheism ignores the atrocities commited by the religious, such as the pogroms and fails to explain the lack of action by the religious of the world.

    As such the monopoly of humane and progressive acts that religion once had has been broken by science and rationalism, rending it unnecessary while preserving the most basal aspects of it.

  • It depends on the dominance of a particular religion

    Islamic nations in the early period of history had the technological advantage over Christian nations; but then Islam hindered the technological, social, intellectual aspects of Islamic nations while Christian nations flourished in these aspects. Islam has more member than the Catholic Church and Europe is being driven into turmoil with social, political, religious, cultural divisions that are being caused by the rise of Islam. It is becoming bad because Western progress is being hindered by Islamic expansion within its borders. When religious forces are neck-and-neck, religion becomes a negative aspect on humanity. It causes a situation which is as close to dystopia as possible.

  • We dont want to be responsible

    What religion basically does is running away from the responsibility that we have as humans. We have this responsibility because we have the power to changer thing either in a good or in a bad way. If we all wouldnt face this reallity we wouldnt have hospitals for example we would sit somewhere and pray, and hope that it gets better. So religion is basically a way to hide from the problems. What religion also does is influencing the lifes of other non or other religious people very bad. Religion can be used to discriminated gays, talking the right away from a women to have an abortion. Some totally fundamentalistic believers dont even go to a hospital with an ill child but pray for it. If we face reallity and the problems of it we could acctually try to solve them instead of ignoring them and put all responsibility on a guy in the sky that may not even exist.

  • Religion is not the source of morality

    My heading says it–religion is simply not the source of morality, which can survive perfectly well without preachers or sacred literature. Confucius, for one, developed numerous theories about morality without the aid of religious scripture, many of which we use today. Religion being the source of morality is also flawed in that it presumes a singular, objective morality. Even within sects, opinions on matters of Civil Rights are contentious, a clash that demonstrates that there is no singular morality.

    Some claim that, as is said in (I think?) Angels and Demons, something along the lines of "Science can make the nuclear bomb, but Religion tells us how or if to use it". I must point out that religion hardly provided any unifying guiding force during the deciding of the use of the Atomic Bomb on Imperial Japan–rather, there were contrasting opinions on the matter, and religion did not give Harry Truman his guidance in the end–simple death toll calculations did. Nothing in the Bible says that death tolls must be used as morality. Furthermore, some sources (see: http://www.ushistory.org/us/51g.asp) accuse Truman of racial bias in his decision. What a fine contribution that would've been by religion.

    Please don't presume that radicals simply do not understand a religion. They might not understand YOUR view of a religion. They, like you (or your religious serviceman), interpreted scripture or messages in a particular form. That IS religion.

  • Kinda, yes, it is

    Yes, religion is becoming a negative spot, it is to closely related to terrorism and LGBTQ discrimination. While this is not always true, and it is wrong to assume all terrorism is religion based but it is kind of the figure head of it. If you hear about a gay person being discriminated against, it tends to be religious based.

  • New understandings of our universe causes greater movements from Creationists.

    I'm sure there's a lot to talk about but I'll keep it to one argument.

    With those who reject scientific discoveries and choose what their religion teaches them, it causes a negative impact on our society and our educations. With leading science pushing even greater boundaries has caused even bigger radical movements by creationists to find new ways to ridicule what we know today.

    "Is religion becoming a negative aspect on humanity"

    It has always been so in our modern world, it's only gotten worse.

  • Since when do people need a sense of purpose.

    If a god did exist there is no way we can prove we can communicate with this god. If communication with god is not an option then any religion that worships or prays to a god is not important and holds people back. We as people don't need religion to tell us our purpose. We define our own purposes in life. Religions tell to get rid of people who break certain edicts. So religion can't help society if it says to kill those who harm society instead of rehabilitating them. Cloning is not inhumane and dangerous there is just no real purpose for cloning humans. The only moral religions contain are follow these edicts to save yourself from everlasting damnation. In other cases it's to not be reincarnated into a lower life form. Others you just have to have a family that buys you a lot of tools and preform rituals to get you into the afterlife.

  • Since when do people need a sense of purpose.

    If a god did exist there is no way we can prove we can communicate with this god. If communication with god is not an option then any religion that worships or prays to a god is not important and holds people back. We as people don't need religion to tell us our purpose. We define our own purposes in life. Religions tell to get rid of people who break certain edicts. So religion can't help society if it says to kill those who harm society instead of rehabilitating them. Cloning is not inhumane and dangerous there is just no real purpose for cloning humans. The only moral religions contain are follow these edicts to save yourself from everlasting damnation. In other cases it's to not be reincarnated into a lower life form. Others you just have to have a family that buys you a lot of tools and preform rituals to get you into the afterlife.

  • It's viewpoint-specific, though.

    If you think that your religion is correct, of COURSE it's a good thing that people believe it!

    Unfortunately, religion has been relatively adept at failing to provide proof of itself, which makes believing that any given religion is a true rather difficult to accept.

    And even if one religion IS correct, it causes a mindset shift in those who believe it, often towards ignorance and bigotry. This leads both to a lack of scientific pursuit and to war and persecution of minorities, both of which are pretty objectively BAD.

    It does, sometimes, provide order. However, a well-structured government can do exactly the same, with no need for religion and its bad effects.

    Many religious people attempt to have a No-true-Scotsman mentality, claiming that those who don't follow what a "correct" religious person should do aren't products of the same religion. This defense fails, much as does any attempt to distance oneself of negative elements within one's own organization.

  • I say no

    Religion has had a great affect on humanity, and I can imagine it only continuing to do so. It gave general rules, morals and such to early people. It gave hope to the working people like serfs in the past. Religion and faith are truly kind and loving things. Of course, Radicals have used Religion's name as a scapegoat for their own ignorant, greedy and vile actions. Religion does also give people the mentality to want to do good. Sadly, most Radicals and most believers today to not properly following the rule(s) of said Religion and often their ignorance is magnified to others more than the more sound and rational believers. Religion throughout the world has generally been used to maintain order, peace and unity. Of course, it could be possible without Religion, but I feel as though Religion made it much more faster if you ask me. It also gives people the idea of what to think after death; the concept of it is horrifying yet mysterious.

  • For christianity, no

    Why is it that religion (christianity for example) becomes a negative aspect on humanity? How is it so? Is it because of the words in bible that actually encourages to engage actions that violates humanity?

    Before I can continue, I need to say that people should accept "God" in front of humanity, because humanity have the responsibility to choose and follow to "God". What does it mean? Let say that "God" created the world, plants and animals , and everything else that exists. This is only possible when God IS the absolute one, or when God MADE the absolute one, which I will mark it as absolute truth. If there is a absolute truth, then the truth can't be changed by ANY views or emotions or etc, and if the truth doesn't change, and God made us, then we have the ability (with responsibility) to choose the path toward anything (including God). The only factor that officially deals with God and its absolute truth is religion, and if the religion was really becoming a negative aspect on humanity, then you are also stating that absolute truth (brought and encouraged by religion) in it is also becoming a negative aspect on humanity.

    Forgive me if there is some confusion or fallacy over this argument. I couldnt' focus freely while I was writing everything in this comment.

  • Yes and no..?

    Religion isn't in anyway becoming negative. It gives many people hope and purpose and comforts them at night. However, religion is holding back some of the world's population. I do personally believe in some form of higher being, and greater meaning and purpose to life than just coexisting and reproducing and adapting, but also believe in the theory of evolution. The close-mindedness of some religious beliefs is keeping people from coming to accept some of the indisputable facts of life, such as the existence of the dinosaurs (I know this sounds silly, but trust me, you hear this kind of stuff in a serious manner growing up in North East Texas).

  • No, It has always been a negative aspect of humanity. It is not becoming one now.

    Religion has caused many genocides, wars and misery. Thankfully, as society progresses and becomes more moral, religion declines. So, I would say that religion is not becoming a negative aspect of society but it always has been. The negative aspect is reduced as society moves forward. The most peacful countries are more atheistic and vice versa. Exampls the middle east versus europe.

  • I vote no

    Religion in itself isn't the problem, I think Humanity is is the negative aspect on humanity. If you follow the correct doctrine of Christianity for example, that would do nothing but help humanity thrive, but sadly the majority do not. Since the majority do not follow the correct doctrine it can gets diluted and misread and the nature of humanity gets in the way and now we have confused misguided individuals claiming faith on something they don't understand. It's the heart of humanity. I hope this was somewhat clear.

  • No, It Is Not

    Any set of beliefs can produce radicals, not just religion. Religion is still (and forever more) needed to give humans a sense of purpose. And if God exists, then religion is the most important thing out there. So the answer to this question is no; religion is not a bad thing.

  • Religion is the only reason why our society is surviving.

    Religion generates promises and assurances that can soothe the society into obedience and peace. For example, the Pope's visit to a country is often met with welcomes and happiness. Religion is a perfect scapegoat and pacifier to calamities and negative perspectives. Also, religion stops many zealous scientists from studying inhumane and dangerous researches such as cloning. Without religion, the society of men will soon destroy itself with riots, chaos, and self-destruction.


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steffon66 says2014-06-05T22:07:09.757
Is it becoming a negative aspect of humanity? Lol its better now than its ever been not that its good now. I would say its a negative aspect of humanity but i wouldnt say its getting worse. Back in the so called ages of faith when people believed in the christian religion in all of its completeness there was the inquisition with its tortures; millions of unfortunate women were burned as witches and there was every kind of cruelty practiced on all sorts of people in the name of religion. Nothing like that is happening now. So i dont know why your asking is it becoming a negative aspect. I think you should just ask is it a negative aspect. Can you explain how its getting worse? Cus id love to here that explanation.