On the other hand religious belief, as we know it, has another function than simply to make sense of ritual: You look at China, you look at various states around the world who are secular societies. I think that is something at the very heart of a good society.
Love thy neighbour as thyself, the most famous Christian commandment. And Megan Johnson and colleagues have found that participants primed subliminally with Christian concepts display increased covert racial prejudice and negative affect toward African Americans.
The important thing is to learn to love rightly and in the right frame of mind. Religion is what people use to cover up the horrible things. Look at the Taliban. And what you call invidious ghettos were great defences, they were havens, oases of peace and respect.
I am not speaking of Christianity only: My little daughter went to a school where there were 36 different languages spoken, an absolute rainbow place, it was wonderful.
And that is a function of our secularism, in fact. The religious person has the choice of all four. Ultimately there may be no easily characterisable relationship between religion and morality.
This is no mere matter of academic hair splitting. And I said, that is not something that we should praise you for — that is something we should expect from you as a minimum Jon, do you believe that lots of the good things that you see Catholicism perhaps giving to you through your life would have existed without religion?
You have a minority of extremist Christians or extremist Muslims and the overwhelming majority of peaceful believers do not share that point of view. Then the disasters, if they come, come as accidents and not by necessity.
I think the generic element of all religions is the search for compassion. What would a world without religion look like? Another problem is that a correlation between religiosity and charity self-reported or otherwise does not merit the conclusion that religiosity promotes charitable behaviour.
Every single one of my very large extended family is a product of Catholic comprehensive education. Hinduism, with many hundreds of gods, is for that reason adjacent to Buddhism, with none. Whatever the disasters that love may cause, we should suggest, love, judged in itself and without regard to contingencies, is a human good — perhaps the greatest of human goods.
This finding is consistent with the results of other priming studies, which have also found that religious priming enhances cooperation and generosity towards others.
For example, gods, ancestors, or karma? Can you just explain how you came to that conclusion? I would suggest that we would do better to keep them and to study how they might be directed to the right objects and in the right way.
And look upon charity as something that you must do every day that the sun rises, which is a Muslim injunction. What is our culture, what are we seeking to resist in terms of the relentless destruction of it?And so this question on whether religion is a force for good, it is!
Even in the past, The crusades, the church of England, Bloody Mary, these problems were not for religion, but for the greed of wealth and power. So is religion really a force for good, or does it, in fact, lie at the root of mankind’s problems?
Is the solution to those problems to get rid of all religion? Consider what the Bible has to say about this in the next article. Once you assume a creator and a plan, it makes us objects, in a cruel experiment, whereby we are created sick and commanded to be well.
I’ll repeat that: created sick, and then ordered to be well. And over us, to supervise this, is installed a celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea. I believe religion is a force. I feel certain some adherents absolutely take it and make it as a force for good.
Religion as a whole has done much good over the lifespan of mankind, but also terrible harm. Do we need religion in order to be moral? George Washington cautioned against “indulg[ing] the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion”, and today more than half of.
In all religion, it seems to me, there is a primordial experience of "homecoming", of returning to the fount of being and bathing in the pure waters of forgiveness. Surely this kind of spiritual renewal is a blessing, not merely for those who undergo it, but also for those who depend on their good will.
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