It wouldnt necessarily make the world better but it will open their eyes to the truth, also religious extremists would be stopped. It will teach people the should be good for the sake of humanity and not because they are scared of going to hell. Also it will easier for LGBT people to come out and have equal oppertunities
Most wars have been fought over religious beliefs. All organized religions are riddled with corruption and prey upon the week and needy.
Religion is nothing more than mythology. Those who believe in mysticism, magic, and religion are ignorant. All churches were founded on greed and use the threat of eternal damnation to coerce people into giving money they do not have.
The Vatican actually pressured the UN to remove language related to eliminating violence against women from a recent edict. A huge segment of the Muslim population is just a war mongering horde who believe they will go to heaven for blowing up innocent children and families.
All in all religion is a disgusting mess, a curse upon us that we should strive to eliminate and not continue to support by teaching our children these ridiculous beliefs.
I am a reformed Catholic and proud of it.
It would improve the world as in the olden times there were many wars caused due to religion the crusade. Therefore shows that religion can cause deaths and it morally bad for people. Without religion we would not have such terrorists such as al quaeda saying that allah told them to do it that caused 9/11. To conclude i think without religion it would improve the world dramatically
In response to a freedom of information request, the US Bureau for Prisons revealed in 2013 that only 0.2% of the prison population are atheists, compared to over 99% being religious in some form. Compare this to 76% of Americans being Christian and 15% being atheists (ARIS 2008).
We are moral because as hominids we have evolved to be social creatures. Individuals acting outside of the groups interests are ostracised and have a much lower chance of passing on their traits compared to an individual who is supported by the group for being altruistic. We need to get people to understand thy religion is NOT a force for good. Most of the religions have sections in their 'moral' books that are absolutely abhorrent, such as the verse of the sword the Quran or most of the Old Testament in the bible. The bible in particular is almost like a manual on how to kill people who don't blindly accept your views, especially children.
We have achieve so much in the last 100 years in spite of religion, not because of it. If you look at the development in humanity before the religious dark ages started and try to extrapolate progress, we would have been exploring the galaxy by now if it weren't for religion.
Religious belief and faith denies any opposing view. Faith could be defined as denying any contrary evidence in order to maintain belief in the dogma. Scientific development requires a person to consider all angles, including the ones contrary to their current viewpoint, hence religious faith is the very antithesis of development.
People who say religion promotes tolerance are deluded. Religion promotes division by its very nature: either you are in their group and thus worthy, or you are not. The price for being in their group is to close your mind and not speak out against the dogma no matter how ridiculous it is. After a few decades of closed minded obedience, the transformation is complete and the person no longer appears able to question.
For this reason, I feel it should be illegal to involve children in religious instruction. Education yes, but not instruction and indoctrination. They should make their own minds up, yet religious groups know full well that if they get the children early and fill their minds with the dogma, they will be less likely to question as adults. These people, being so closed minded, will contribute nothing to the greater development of mankind and will only absorb valuable resources. In this modern Age of Enlightenment within which we live, this is a terrible and unjust destiny to force upon a young life.
Once religion is cast to the trash can of history, the real human development can begin. If we have achieved so much in the last one hundred years with only a minority of atheists (nearly all scientists are atheist, agnostic, anti theist or anti religionists), what will we achieve if EVERYONE is one?
Faith, from a religious perspective, is unreserved belief in verities as unique as they are disparate to the innumerable religions that source them; faith in science, however, simply calls for belief in the scientific investigation of causality--a demonstrable and repeatable outcome that by all measures is reasonable to everyone: an unqualified truth. One truth, one belief: then all is peace.
For anyone who is a thinking person, even a sort-of thinking person, it's clear there is far too much unrest in the world. True, it's been this way a very long time. (please see history books). My stance attempts to be to live and let live, but I know I'm lying to myself. Really, how so? As an evidence-based, agnostic/atheistic person, when I engage conversation with someone about religion, if the person is religious, the outcome is typically not-so-good. What I mean is their deep rooted belief does not allow them to be tolerant in the same way as I am able. A similar conversation with a non-theist most always results in a logical tolerant outcome. When mankind finally can move beyond our arcane beginnings and evolve mentally, we'll all be on a more level playing field. In this, though far from free of problems, our tolerance for each other improves throughout the world, improving the world as a whole.
This is the reason that religion is ruining our world. It encourages ignorance and churns out moronic religious people like Ted Haggard whose job it is to tell others how to lead their lives. It is a vicious cycle of stupidity and false beliefs that has taken a hold on our world, mostly central and south USA
Most wars today have something to do with religion. And, without religion, the subject of racism no longer exist, which is a problem that will never be solved, no matter how hard we try. The world would be much better, although there still would be problems, at least we could get one of them out of the way
In todays world, where ever we see, it is because of the religion ( differences in relegious belief) that we are fighting against each other, inspite of being the same race i.E. Human being. Is it not shameful ! Had there been no religion, there would have been less conflict, from the days of ancient history everywhere.
Specifically, a religion offers explanations for certain things that weren't known during the period of time that it was formed. Religions served as a way to comfort and conform a group of people whom were afraid of the unknown. Once people had something to believe in and an expectation to live their life a certain way they were then in control. They felt in control of their situations and the religion or governing bodies of the day had control of them. Imagine early civilization. Fanaticism ruled the day. Just look at lesser established countries today. When their leaders proclaim something, most inhabitants rush to the streets and shout, scream, shoot firearms in the air, to relay the message and celebrate their new destiny. They were given an instruction or an answer and they run with it. Today, new religions or cults form on the basis (usually) that one person or a certain group of persons are in control of their subjects. They also prefer to not be questioned. You have to accept the stories as absolute fact.
Religion, to a large extent, also prohibits the evolution of peace, knowledge, and invention. Up until just a few hundred years ago, and maybe even more recently, you were to be burned at the stake or killed in some other torturous way for not following their beliefs or practicing witchcraft. Science, as a whole, was considered witchcraft. Beliefs in other ideologies would at best get you ousted from being able to interact with followers. Even today this holds true. Be one or be gone. The effects of it are still felt today. We are still tip-toeing around religious activists' views in science and in our communities.
Almost every war was started or at least provoked by religions. When a statute is established in a belief system that states there is no other religion that is right, of course there will be conflict.
On the other hand, science and pursuit of it offers us the ability to say "We don't know, but let's figure it out!" Science isn't just a subject, it's a community. It's collaboration of thought and encouragement to better ourselves through learning. Is it perfect? No, but it beats intentionally killing others and restricting thought so that we can evolve into the creatures that we can be.
On a note, I am not trying to bash anyone's particular religion. I can understand how it is comforting to some to be involved in one. There are good aspects to them as well. But history has shown us that beliefs can get you killed and knowledge can keep you safe. In my opinion, unfortunately, once the groundwork is laid, it's impossible to ever remove it. And if it was effectively removed, it may be double edged sword. If it were, and generations passed without knowledge of it, would history repeat itself all over again?
I dont see human life lasting another 100 years because of religion and the increasing ability to self destruct the entire human race in the name of religion. As technology gets better nuclear weapons could honestly be made in a meth lab setting and in the name of any giving religion using a said weapon is right and just to expel the so called "infidels" of another religion. I feel this is a very mathematical argument where as technology keeps in increasing and religion (in the name of religion has already killed prolly 1 billion people). If religion is not toned down going forward the killings will assuredly kill at a exponential rate because the rate of our technological growth.
Religions allow human beings justification to treat other people that they deem to be outside of their in-crowd in absolutely inhumane ways. Ability to label someone an outside of a belief system, therefore something less than "what we are" and hence forth must be re-educated or eliminated is the basis of our historical experience of religious warfare. One look at the definition of infidel, unbelievers and other choice words in one's favorite dictionary should be sufficient to prove this.
We invented religion. Its funny how everybody believes and trusts science (You have to if you're functioning in today's society) yet so many continue to be religious, which contradicts science. Too many people have no concept of time. The earth is 4.5 Billion years old. The universe, even older. We are just 1 tiny planet in the chaos of the universe and have only been in the evolutionary mix for a few millions of years. That's NOTHING compared to what history of life/reality really is. Before us, reality existed, but religion did not. Religion was made up by people who attempted to explain the unknown while our intelligence was still evolving. We have reached far beyond that point. Religion remains as a shadow of our evolutionary past, and is clouding peoples judgement and preventing us as a society and species from advancing. I have no doubt that one day religion will be eliminated. Every year there are less and less of these religious people. I predict that in the next 1000 years, it will be completed eliminated. The people of the future will look back at our time and laugh at our stupidity, as we look back and laugh at those in the middle ages who believed in stuff like witchcraft and the world being flat. I believe religion is a necessary concept which any species of higher intelligence will develop as they evolve and grasp an understanding of reality. We have a great enough understanding now however to stop believing in these fairy tales, and the elimination of religion will greatly increase the speed of progress in the world and society as a whole.
Look at the middle east! Iran is about 50 year backwards degraded from the time the Islamic government is in power. Religion is something individual and must be eliminated from the regular government. The people may have freedom to practice their religion with respect for others ideology, believes and ideas.
Religion is divisive. It brainwashes people to be less critical in their thinking and discourage individual thought. It is behind so many of the worlds problems on a micro, meso and macro sale. It is behind so many wars. It is behind so much of the psychological damage inflicted on people around the world, which is in it's own self interest as in endeavours to navigate its way through a maze of every increasing awareness and critical thought among people the world over. It is a crutch to human existence and an impediment to progress.
However. People do have the right to believe what they want without impediment. You must respect that right though you don't have to respect their beliefs and there should be no curtailing of free speech and so called "Blasphemy Laws" such as those recently enacted in several states around the world.
Anyway besides all that. It's just a big huge enormous fat lie.
You may as well say it is caused by magic, something that Religion has a history of persecuting against. Religion has often been used as a tool to promote intolerance, as an excuse to hate someone so you don't feel bad about harming them and also has a history of refusing to accept new ideas. Personally removing it entirely, while would be the optimal solution, we all know how hard it is to let go of such beliefs. At the least Organised religion should be removed as a key influence on our lives and should stay out of the way of progress.
Religion involves the complete renunciation of a person, to the ideology of dead "prophets" whose followers treat their word as infallible. This requires constant attacks on a persons self worth, declaring that any action the person commits is based on the influence of an unaccountable abstraction; that any deed committed, regardless of intent, that is depicted as abhorrent by the prophets or any "representative" of God, is by that logic evil and justly punishable. It is the fear of this all seeing power, and the punishment it can swiftly place on them, that causes them self destruction. That the only means to alleviate personal misery is to renounce themselves and put themselves under the will of "God." But since no such figure exist in reality, they are left to serve Gods infallible "representatives," limited only by how closely their actions relate to their respective holy text. In its most logical state a truly religious person is a madman, clinging to a belief, which history has exposed as irrefutably flawed, and willing to destroy anything that the "faith" deems unholy and immoral.
Hate for gay, other races, and terrorism would not exist. Sounds like the world would be much more peaceful and free! Religion based politics would also be gone, that's the closet any thing could get to a utopia. This needs to happen, religion has no place in the modern world.
Religions are based on scriptures that, even though they may contain factually correct historical information and sound philosophy, also contain blatant contradictions. Often written by multiple authors, and translated from ancient (often poorly understood) languages into different modern languages. Even translations of the same scripture often differ semantically. More confusion arises when these translations are interpreted by different theologians, even within the same religion. We see differences between catholic and protestant Christians, between sunni and shia Muslims, and between orthodox and non-orthdox Jews. In one of the greatest ironies, Christians, Jews and Muslims have for centuries slaughtered each other despite a common belief in the God of Abraham, and despite the fact that the old testament contains the commandment "Thou shalt not kill".
The first comment I read in support of religion here stated that "religion gives us all hope". I believe the exact opposite. Religion makes me despair for the future of the human race. There is probably a bigger threat to world peace today from religious fanatics of various persuasions trying to impose their particular brand of religion on others than during the so called "Cold War". At least the Russian and American strategists knew that WW3 would mean mutually assured destruction. When you have "God on your side", such considerations don't really matter.
If, on the other hand, someone were to say "God gives us all hope", outside the context of this religion or that religion, I could at least emphasize with such a statement. After all, I don't know how many religions and sub-religions exist, but if one of these religions is "the one true religion", then logically all the others must be wrong. I see evangelical "Christian" preachers making huge sums of money by reducing audiences to a state of hysteria. How do you tink Jesus Christ would have reacted to that, given his treatment of the money lenders in the temple? I hear about Islamic preachers urging young Muslims to strap explosives to themselves in order to blow up peple they don't even know, with the promise of a place in heaven and fifty virgins. Is that what Mohammed wanted?
I could go on and on, ad nauseum and ad infinitum, about what is wrong with religion. The saddest thing is that those hooked on religion cannot see the truth, even when incontrovertable evidence is presented to them. Those seeking God do not need to join a religion. They need look no further than within themselves. Or look out of the window at nature. Can anybody seriously tell me that a being that created such a complex universe, the nature of which we only dimly understand at best, actually cares which church we go to, what religous scriptures we choose to read, what we eat or drink, or how we dress?
No. If indeed there is a God, which I sincerly hope there is, I think they must be appalled by many of the actions undertaken by human beings in the name of religion.
The books of the Bible were written a long time ago. Today we know that the story of Adam and Eve as it is written didn't actually happen. While evolution may not be very popular among Christians, it's well established in the scientific community. Many other events of the Bible are no longer considered historical by modern scholars. Finally, you don't need religion to be good or happy or live a life just as meaningful. What you get is a better understanding of the world, which I believe leads to a better life.
No need of any religion. Humanity is greatest religion. Say yes to humanity and no to hatred. Nations can develop better in such an environment. People would think of humanity as a whole and not the other person as an enemy. The wars and terrorism going on the name of religion will eventually stop.
The ignorance of the US is astounding, and Christianity teaching creationism and brainwashing children sure isn't helping. Religion isn't the problem. It's the cult-like actions of certain churches and people, especially in the bible belt. Silencing children, stunting their academic growth. No way I'd ever live in the US. It's cruel to deny those children a proper education and chance to help improve our world. It should be outlawed.
Organized religion is behind much of the bloodshed in human history. It is a source of divide in humans, many of its teachings are not founded in truth. Many religions do not practice what they preach , their conduct is shameful and offensive to the god or gods they represent. So eliminating all the principal religions of the world would better mankind.
Organized religion is behind much of the bloodshed in human history. It is a source of division in humans. Many of its teachings are not founded in truth. Many religions do not practice what they preach. Their conduct is shameful and offensive to the god or gods they represent. Eliminating all the principal religions of the world would better mankind.
Religion was invented in ancient societies that were based on hierarchical ranks of social classes. Religion relies on myths and gods and non-scientific worldviews. Religion requires blind faith and to adhere to whatever the authority teaches. Religion turns human into robots who cannot think independently and cannot explore the world objectively. Religion is anti-rational and anti-social, and its moral only pertains to the moral rules that benefit itself. Religion is harmful for us in this postmodern world, and must be eliminated
"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."- Steven Weinberg. Religion for the best part of 2000 years has been laying claims to morality. Human culture is based around morals: not to murder; not to steal; to help those around you, these morals help build a more efficient society. These morals were not religious until certain religions laid claims to them. The charities run by the Catholics will not stop being charities if Religion is removed, those who work don't do it because of their faith, they do it because they want to help. Religion doesn't make someone a nice person, they have to be a nice person in the first place. Remove Religion from society, you will bring in an era of understanding and curiosity as those who were ignorant of science will come to want to know why we are here; rather than falling back on the age old excuse 'God must have done it'.
The essence of all revealed religion is to create dissent among the masses. How else can we explain the atrocities in the Middle East based on an alleged promise given to a diluted individual that wanted to gut his own son? To make matters worse, the promised land is the only place in the region that doesn't produce oil.
Most wars are caused by religion, it has no place in modern politics. It is just as much a right under our constitution to not believe in God as it is to do so. It is nobody's right to tell someone else they are ignorant because both sides could easily say so. How can a religious University have a science department? Only by ignoring scientific facts that the earth is billions of years old.
But it sure as hell would improve the crap going on in Texas and the rest of the Bible belt. Stop pushing your beliefs off on other people.
Since the dawn of human civilization, men have gone to war and killed each other due to differences in belief as to what happens when you die. Organized religion is radical and intolerant in many cases. Religion doesn't preach true morality, because of the the fire and brimstone that are claimed to be waiting for sinners in Hell. You should not need the threat of eternal damnation to lead a good and moral life.
And that trend is still sadly doing the same today, in America even more so than a lot of the world. It is no coincidence or fluke that the 'happiest' countries on Earth are the most secular. Obviously religion will never be ELIMINATED. For religion is an idea. But as world events show, things like even this discussion show...Religion is losing it's 'We don't talk about that' favored status. The internet, global communication, 24 hour newsfeeds...And religious groups actually trying to ban, or regulate all of these (And the irony of saying 'Google the topic if you doubt me' is not lost on me). As Professor Dawkins has stated, I as well WANT the Bible available to students. LET the Bible stand on it's merits. Today, very few believe the Earth is the center of the universe. Even most 'religious' people. Another idea religion worked for many years to convince people was incorrect, sometimes to the point of imprisonment, and even execution.
Throughout history, we have only seen corruption and destruction from religion, wars and regimes. Because people are sinful, they corrupt the very foundations of what each religion is trying to teach - usually good things.
Ultimately, it is not in carrying out the rituals and rights of religion that is important, it is through a personal relationship (not religion) with Jesus Christ that a person can come to know his or her true purpose. If everyone stopped practicing true religion and listened to the one true God, then asked forgiveness through his son, there would no longer be a desire for the pagan traditions of religion.
Religious divisions are responsible for most of the death and mutilation that millions of people have suffered. It is one of the few superstions, (others are a belief in withcraft, or the power to do evil by intention alone) that haved plagued the world since man began to imagine. The only real antidote is education.
Religion is splitting up the community and causing many tragic incidents, which are caused by religious extremists. How is believing that by being a suicide bomber and killing many people good? Well in one religion it is. Plus religion extremism are the backbone of many many incidents. All it was used as a hope that there was a "better world" when you died, but it was never proven, like most if not all things in religion. Science is constantly proving and disproving facts using evidence, whereas religion is just a written book or books that never say why this or that happened. If we don't want crazy extremist people hijacking planes and flying them into buildings or being a suicide bomber, the religion has got to go.
If all of a sudden religion ceased to exist, a lot of countries and people would no longer have anything to fight about. There would be no difference between Jews and Muslims. The Holy War would never have taken place. Jesus would never have been crucified for spreading Christianity. The Roman Catholic Church would have never had the power to abuse. A lot of problems would have never developed, and it would be one less difference between the entire human race.
Religion is a belief system based on myth that is no longer serving its purpose (explaining natural forces which we now have scientific answers for). Now it only serves to divide and give lunatics something to kill and die for. Science and nature are much better 'religions' to base beliefs upon since they serve all living things and are evidence based.
Religion was created to try and explain why we're here. Hinduism is the first recorded religion. Although there are several religions that thate back further that worshiped multiple gods. Science and knowledge now answer these questions. All religion's do are separate people it never unites.
Religion preys upon the weak-minded and their irrational fears causing the truly inane to act in horrible ways. Religion has never been a positive force through its teachings. Throughout history, it has been proven time and time again that monotheistic belief systems cause civilizations to fail. Every advancement that humankind has made to move forward has been directly against religion. Religion doesn't breed love. It can only breed to intolerance caused by hating things that are different or considered evil.
Many of us may not know it, but our species have survived this long because unlike other organic beings we have acquired the knowledge to imagine and believe in supernatural things that lifts our spirit and gives us hope. We as the human species need something to believe in even though we sometimes deny it. To loose our religion is to loose the human spirit and to loose the human spirit is to loose what makes us who we are.
I personally believe that without laws such as the Ten Commandments, the world would be manic and there would be no law or order. Clearly, this would lead to the world becoming extinct as no one would know that they should "love thy neighbour as thyself" or never to kill.
Humans cause most of the world's problems. A world without religion would still have humans in it so I doubt very much the world's problems would go away. Non-religious humans (Stalin, Hitler, Mao, for example) seem to have killed just as many people and caused just as much suffering as religious ones have, if not, perhaps, more.
The basic problem lies not with religions, but with men who can't respect the faith of others. In our quest to prove that our religion is the best, we end up insulting the other guy's faith, and this is the crux of the problem.
Religions were made for the well being of mankind. But, paradox is that today, men are ready to kill and die in the name of religion. Every religion preaches virtues, ask us to do good to others and to love thy neighbor, but we are being stupid in not understanding the basic facts.
The Supreme Power is only one though we may call Him by many names. When mankind becomes intelligent enough to understand the other man's point of view and show equal respect to all religions, this world will start its progress.
No, I totally disagree that eliminating the religion will improve the world. Religion has been the guiding pillar for the humanity since ages. Religion is the building block for the humanity and provides direction in improving the world and becoming a better human being. Also,Religion has been giving guidance to humanity by various teachings and principle on how to live a meaningful life and become useful to society.
Human beings are spiritual beings, plain and simple. Look at the number of people who are searching for answers and trying to find meaning in their lives. Whether or not you believe in it, religion does provide this in addition to structure. If you look past the caricatures presented in the media, you will see that true Muslims, true Christians, true Jews, even true pagans and New Age believers are good people. They are not "hateful" unless you consider someone disagreeing with you to be "hate."
Take for instance the poor. Religious people are some of the most caring and compassionate people around. You'll then see the food and clothing drives, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc. If we are truly meaningless globs of matter, should we really care about anyone else? Is there anything intrinsically "wrong" with being racist? Sure, there are many humanists out there, but their positive impact on the poor is dwarfed by the religious.
It's not entirely fair to say that religion causes wars. How many wars have been caused by religion in modern times? The large ones were set off by atheistic principles, secular governments competing against one another, or ethnic differences.
No. Removal (or outlawing) of religion is something greatly desired by people keen to promote the idea of "everything is permitted" and that the human is actually God. By removing religion, people are attempting to remove God because they want to live their lives in ways which are selfish, perverted and greedy. The idea that there might just be a Supreme Force in charge is something they don't like because they don't want their consciences pricked while robbing others or engaging in perversion.
Perhaps we should look at "removing religion" in a different way. Many folk don't like the church hierarchy, the bishops, archbishops, the fancy robes and all that. It can be intimidating to some. How much of it existed in Jesus' time, in the first Christian Church? Do we really need it all, to praise God? Maybe deal with the "trappings" of religion, pare it down; but you will still have God because He is there, wherever two or three are gathered together.....Be it on a hilltop, a church or a cave.
People seem determined to set their own idea of a "moral code" and I think we can all see where that has led us in the past few years; one-parent families, gay marriages, pregnant schoolchildren, and so on. Once Man starts classing himself as God and making the rules, chaos will surely follow, just as in Tolkien's tale of the arrogant Assault of Men Upon The Blessed Realm.
People will always attack and kill each other until a higher form directs us. Humankind has shown they lack the ability to lead on their own. Otherwise we would have achieved world peace thousands of years ago. The problems will continue even after religion is eliminated. Only time will show the people of the world the truth of what will happen after religion is eliminated.
Religions have always existed, and evidence in neurology shows that people's brains are wired to be religious and to seek meaning. If some dictator suppressed the religions that existed, other religious outlets would arise, or the current religions would go underground. Destroying all religion was tried under Communism, and it failed utterly to improve anything. In fact, it made things worse.
For the past two thousand years Christianity has worked tirelessly to elevate the status of women, children, the disabled, the poor, and the enslaved. After such a long time most of the world now too recognizes that people have intrinsic value given them human rights. The only thing that teaches us that people have value is our religion. Even if you are an atheist you believe in human rights in a western culture grown out of moralistic Christendom. If we eliminate what teaches that people have value naturally then we will lose the human rights we have worked so hard to secure. The idea that religion does what other studies are unable to do is continued here: http://www.exegeticalstruggles.com/2011/08/religion-is-better-than-science-why.html
Many of us believe in a higher supreme being. This gives many a sense of calmness, and a place to turn to in the time of need. Spirituality also guides us to do good, and stay on a path that is all good. This guidance is very important to many of us and, thus, everyone should have the right to follow whichever religion they want.
I fully acknowledge that many conflicts in the world have been a direct result of religious beliefs. However, I believe that religion also brings a great deal of goodness to the world. It is certainly possible to be a moral and just person without religious leanings, but believing in a god does give some accountability to people. Additionally, belief is not something that I feel should be regulated at all. It is an inherent right to be able to believe in whatever you please.
If you trace the formation of all of the important institutions in the world you will find out that the majority of them got their start because institutions of religion or people motivated by religious fervor formed them to meet the needs of all peoples. Hospitals, schools, colleges, universities, orphanages; assistance organization which feed, house, clothe, heal and take care of people were all started by religious people and continue to do their work in the world. Those who look at religion and blame it for the world's ills should look again and perhaps blame things like greed, the petty and selfish desire for power and position on the part of political leaders, fear, nationalism, anger, fights over scarce resources, and other things that sometimes are covered over with a fine veneer of religion rather than being caused by religion itself.
Religion is one of the ways for humans to reach out to God. God puts goodness, kindness, generosity and love in human hearts. Without religion, we would lose touch with God and thus with the humanity within us. Eliminating religion would only cause chaos and anarchy in the world, destroying it and doing nothing to improve it.
Any benefit of eliminating religion is only assumed. If people choose to eliminate religion from their own lives, so be it. They must see some benefit in it and so they act accordingly. Fine.
By "choosing" I mean that they do so freely without undue external influence, force, ultimatum, fear of negative consequences, etc.
On the other hand, if they are being forced to choose, or if religion is being removed from their lives (places of worship are destroyed, books are burned, public worship is punished etc) then the trauma that I believe would result from that is not worth the benefit to be had by eliminating religion.
Eliminating religion doesn't mean people will change. People act partly by how they were raised and there beliefs, religion or not. Example of that is a few of the terrorists from other countries believe that if they do a suicide bombing, they will please their god, but if you eliminate religion, which would eliminate their god, they still do it to please and get respect from there leader and family. Also, in some cases, people do not sin because of displeasing there god, so if you would take that away, what would stop them from sinning?
The vast majority of human religions fulfill the basic need to believe in something greater than oneself. Religion provides many opportunities for positive social bondings and promotes a strong positive moral feeling towards fellow humans.
There are far too many people in the world whose belief systems guide their life. Those belief systems are religion, and their religion tells them to do certain things in the world. There are few religions in the world whose purpose is for people to commit acts that are without value to the world. Take this away and there would be far too many people that would flounder in insecurity and act completely impulsively and selfishly.
There are extremists to every religion, obviously. These extremists give a bad name to the people who actually try to do what their religion states them to do. For everyone saying religion has no place in science, how does it not? Are you saying it is impossible for a person to have a religion and be a scientist? And wars are also caused by famines and land, should we eliminate that too? Religion helps most people, so without it, most wouldn't know what to do with their lives, thus creating sheer and utter chaos. And for people saying it is outdated, so are Julius Caesar's rule and Plato's teachings, but we still practice and read them today, correct? Religion may be "splitting" the world, but since when does every single person have the same belief? Religion (for the most part) provides hope and security, and if you people saying no don't want people to feel secure, happy, and hopeful, then by all means, it should be eliminated.