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What has religion done for humanity?

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Started: 4/7/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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What has organized religion done for humanity? The world has yet to be peaceful despite the abrahamic religions existing for thousands of years. What is the benefit of religion if the majority of religious people are hypocritical to their morals, ethics? The world is as inhumane as ever with an alarming amount of extreme poverty, despite millions if not billions of abrahamic religious believers. Will organized religion be humanity's downfall? And if the contrary, what benefit has religion bestowed since its existence?

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Even though I am a strict Atheist, I will play Devil's advocate for the sake of debation. There are quite a few arguments for this, and I will try to outline them below.

Point 1: Historically, the Church and religion have been a big part in the idea of civility and morals. During the Black Death, the Church was noted as helping rebuild during the aftermath, giving people faith in a time of need and inspiring people to help others.

Point 2: Today, the Church is still one of the major powers. They have great influence, and have a large reputation for charitable work and giving people hope when there is none, for instance, an alcoholic turning to God and being able to quit.

Point 3: It is still one of the uniting forces. All around the world, people can unite under one ideal, even if it is somewhat flawed, and it can be a good force for good at times.

Point 4: It provides good moral stories for children (even though I am highly against the indoctrination and manipulation of kids' minds, as long as it is not told as absolute fact and more as a story, I am okay with it). Stories of how to be selfless and to respect others seem to be needed in today's environment.

Hopefully, this gives you something to think about, even though I am an Athiest, haha!
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. I disagree with you about religion being a social force that unites, as well it being a benefit for children. If you look at the history of the puritans , pedophiliac catholic priests and children suicide bombers ( just a few of many examples). you may agree that religion has not benefited children's development ,or for that matter, mortality. also, research indicates that religious children who abstain from safe sex, are more likely to have sexual psychological issues, as well as early pregnancies. Most religious people support war. Also, the majority of terrorist attacks are religously motivated according to this chart:

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Posted by John_C_1812 3 years ago
Religion is one of the most basic principle to which a public separation process can be based and applied.
Posted by missmedic 3 years ago
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