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Throughout history religion has done more harm than good.

Asked by: JaneDoe625
  • Its not a secret.

    Of course. Religion caused thousands of wars, made racism and killing, and killing. Just check the medieval europe. The Christian dictatorship totally destroyed the western civilisation during its time. Jihadism today, aldue its a wrong-understranded Islam. All through out history there were fights between relgioious groups. Well, its more quiet today, but only because people are educated and not extremley religious.

  • Religion has done a lot of bad throughout time.

    I cannot think of one thing that religion has done for humanity that is overall good. I mean religion is the reason why people kill gays, it is the reason for a lot of suicides, murders, and stupidity. Religion is the reason why gay marriage isn't legal everywhere, or why we aren't super advanced in science.

  • Religion has done more harm than good

    The leading cause of death throughout millennia has been a disagreement on religion. We have had burnings, crusades, extermination, and now we have jihadist crazies wanting to control the world. Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to humanity and will be its' destruction if the situation does not change and people come to their senses.

  • Religion depends on suffering

    The main reason people believe in a god is to help them with their suffering. Churches exploit this to make profit, and the people get more sucked in and eventually believe that god is helping them. The only person that can get you out of your situation is you, and you have to do it instead of asking a god that you have no evidence for its existence. Many things in the bible are either strange, illogical, impossible, or just plain wrong. Get your facts straight, religion. #teamscience

  • Anything good religion brings can (and has) also come from non-religious sources

    No religion can claim that it alone has contributed something positive to humanity. Human rights, arts, music, architecture, literature, ... Many human endeavors and achievements are often claimed by religions, but have been pursued by non-religious persons and institutions for as long as religions have existed. In today's world, these disciplines (plus sciences and technology) are overwhelmingly pursued by the non-religious.

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  • Get wrekt faggit

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  • Get wrekt faggit

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  • No ground for this argument

    First of all religion is the basis of ethics so this argument can actually be had today because so many of today's right and wrong were on the basis of religion. The U.S was founded on Christianity and this has been the reason for a lot of good things. In addition we can also see Christians helping people that need help. Buddhist believe that through their religion they can achieve Enlightenment and this has allowed some of them to so many powerful things. For example there was a monk that sat in a meditation pose and had the selflessness to burn his body to ash to make a point about the war in Vietnam (YouTube it if you don't believe me). In Conclusion religion as a big idea has done a lot of good. Their are bad things that people immediately assume are attributed to religion that can be tied many other factors such as greed, difference of just simple hate.(human nature)

  • The dumber you are, the more it exploits you; the smarter you are, the more it oppresses you.

    Religion has its antecedents in nationalism: the moral, cultural and legal identity of a people. To that extent it was beneficial, in that it helped to turn disparate families and tribes with shared language into a solid, cooperative economic force.

    But that happened in the Stone Age. By the late Bronze Age when the major religions of the world were forming, religion was a tool for enslavement, oppression, subjugation, and for mobilising populations to war and conquest.

    With few exceptions, religion has been a friend to tyrants and an enemy to democracy; a friend to propaganda but an enemy to free intellectual inquiry; a friend to racism, xenophobia, genocide and slavery, but an enemy to tolerance, diversity and the dignity of man.

    That religion has done charity work, curated documents and sponsored scholarship and art gains it no more credit than despots who have done the same. That it has interlaced its ostentatious benevolence with a driving hunger to assert its moral supremacy over the mind of man is testimony to its fundamental and ultimate aims.

    Religion is human anxiety made intellectual, moral and social tyranny, and has done far more harm than good.

  • The good outweighs the bad

    Religion has caused so much good in the world:

    1. Most early hospitals were created and run by religious organisations
    2. Some of the best universities and schools in the world were created due to religion.
    3. Religious institutions such as monasteries and Church colleges encouraged intellectual and scientific pursuits as opposed to war and violence.
    4. Religions advocate altruism; many charities have been set up by religious people in the name of their religion.

    Of course religion has caused war, but less than 7% of wars are categorised as religious. Territorial disputes have caused more wars, and it is absurd to suggest that we ought to therefore abolish the concept of different nations. The same applies to religion.

  • The dumber you are, the more it exploits you; the smarter you are, the more it oppresses you.

    Religion has its antecedents in nationalism: the moral, cultural and legal identity of a people. To that extent it was beneficial, in that it helped to turn disparate families and tribes with shared language into a solid, cooperative economic force.

    But that happened in the Stone Age. By the late Bronze Age when the major religions of the world were forming, religion was a tool for enslavement, oppression, subjugation, and for mobilising populations to war and conquest.

    With few exceptions, religion has been a friend to tyrants and an enemy to democracy; a friend to propaganda but an enemy to free intellectual inquiry; a friend to racism, xenophobia, genocide and slavery, but an enemy to tolerance, diversity and the dignity of man.

    That religion has done charity work, curated documents and sponsored scholarship and art gains it no more credit than despots who have done the same. That it has interlaced its ostentatious benevolence with a driving hunger to assert its moral supremacy over the mind of man is testimony to its fundamental and ultimate aims.

    Religion is human anxiety made intellectual, moral and social tyranny, and has done far more harm than good.

  • The world has become more secular recently,

    So there's no real basis for comparison. The foundation of our society was built on religious grounds. I don't attribute wars to religion, people will justify by using whatever means available to them. Those who say religion itself is the cause of wars are constructing a straw man. If religion were gone, wars would still be occurring and justified using whatever was the dominant ideology of the time.

  • What about the good religion has inspired?

    I am a Christian. I don't think you'll go to hell for being gay. I won't tell you to die for not believing in God. I won't yell at you for telling me there is no God. Want to know why? Well what I learned from reading the bible is that God wants us to love our neighbors and our enemies, to forgive others when they ask for forgiveness, and accept those for who they are. I think that is a beautiful message, for both Christians and Non-Christians. To love, forgive, and accept each other. If we all did that we wouldn't have war or conflict. The only reason there is war and conflict is because we have people, not only Christians, who are extremists. Those who aren't accepting of others are the reason why there is war. The Bible has inspired me to do good with my life. Because of the Bible I want to devote my life to helping others with their problems, and it has encouraged me to find charity work to do. There are millions of non-radical Christians who will tell you what good the bible has inspired.

    *On a side note about the Gay marriage debate*
    What was described as homosexuality in the Bible was not a loving Gay relationship. What was described was homosexual gang rape. During the time the Bible was written, there was no such thing as a loving relationship between two men. Homosexuality wasn't even a word in their language. What did happen a lot during that time was a man raping another man in the street. Which is also sinning if a man rapes a woman in the street, as is any forced sexual conduct. I believe that the anti gay bible verses are misinterpreted with the translation gap. God never told us to hate people for genuinely loving someone. (The bible also says there is no gender in the eyes of God.)

  • Two points, one answer.

    I don't believe it's the religion that's done harm, due to the fact religion is based upon the people, and who they support. It's not the religion itself that's done harm, it's the people who support the religion. The religion causes people to do harmful things occasionally, yes? But it wouldn't be if the group supporting it never had interacted with the religious ways in the first place. That said, one form of evidence from a religious group itself, Christians, believe the church is the people, not anything else. Why is this true? My supporting reasoning explains this. The gathering of people is what makes a church, according to them. Also, Throughout history, the more people that join a religion, the more harm is caused. My final point is that religion didn't cause harm at all, it was the founder and support of the people, so the religion side of history didn't cause any harm, or good. I disagree with both sides.

  • Thought yes; but reconsidered: To me, Religion has power as a psychological tool for good and or evil

    Whether religion's divinely sourced or naturally evolved through social selection (increasing the evolutionary "fitness"/cohesion of individuals in a group humanitarian pact); if it works for some for good, Yay
    The confusing element, Is how a "religions" user/believer actually embodies their religions meaning and intent. I'm biased though as a Unitarian in considering all major religions originally had/have an egalitarian humanitarian objective.

  • Christianity is different.

    Atheism cannot be taken into account, as its a relatively new phenomenon. Christianity has had a liberating effect on women in more recent times. Christians opposed slavery and managed to have it made illegal. They also pressured for laws to be made that vastly improved employment conditions, headed by the Shaftesbury Society.
    The Labour Movement sprang from Methodism. Christians have sent medical men and women to help the sick in poor countries and built hospitals for centuries.

  • Good is a Tricky Word

    I believe that religion helps us to be good by Religious standards, and as a religious person, I believe that some (in some religions) and all (in Christianity) of those good standards are certainly more admirable than the good standards we have today in a secular world. Secular morals are almost certainly more aberrant than religious morals in almost every single case. Additionally, I do not believe that events such as the crusades are religions fault. Most evil done by religious people is done for ulterior motives, with religion as an excuse. This is not a fault in the religion, this is a fault in humanity.

  • Religion is hope

    For many people who are suffering from any type of pain, sickness, depression, etc religion is a hope. A "Someone" is always there for them. Someone who will love them when no one else will, someone who will take care of them when no one else will. It stops a lot of suicide because they know that someone up there is there for them. They have hope, a guider, a caretaker, a friend, and mostly a God.

  • Religion is hope

    For many people who are suffering from any type of pain, sickness, depression, etc religion is a hope. A "Someone" is always there for them. Someone who will love them when no one else will, someone who will take care of them when no one else will. It stops a lot of suicide because they know that someone up there is there for them. They have hope, a guider, a caretaker, a friend, and mostly a God.


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