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    Would the world would be better off without religion?

    Do you believe the world would be better off without religion?

    I would have to guess “no difference”. Religious groups undeniably do a lot of good in the world, but there are also many wars centered on religious differences. Without religion, I believe there would still be the good deeds - those people who do such deeds do so because it is in their nature and a church (for example) is just their means, but other means would be used instead (i.e. nonprofits). I also believe mankind would still find something to go to war over (and so religion is just an excuse to fight over something - basically that war is in our nature too)… and so I don’t think there would be much of a difference. Our actions are not in spite of or because of religion. Religion is just a means to multiple ends that all derive from human nature.

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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

    I would say no difference with a slight lean towards "no". I say slight lean towards "no" because I believe humans can be more motivated to do acts of good on an individual level due to some belief of eventual cosmic consequence rather than for mortal reasons. But ultimately, I don't think you'd see much different. People who naturally are inclined to do good would find other avenues to try and get people to band together and encourage good deeds. Those that seek power over people would find something else to manipulate the population with to meet their ends. As is often typical, I think South Park got it right. Long live the Allied Athiest Alliance.

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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

    Absolutely, even if there is no improvement in the human condition, the less asinine things that are running through an individual's head, the better off we all are.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

    It would still exist in societies in a broader sense, nationalism, 'culture-ism'... etc. No difference.

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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

    People often ask this question.

    If I were an athiestic elitist snob, and I am.

    I would say it isn't healthy to believe in invisible all powerful beings with an agenda about your social life...

    But I would say in short. No.

    We'd find something else to kill eachother over.

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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

    I said "no difference" for two reasons:
    1. Religion is harmful in the sense that people use it to validate violence - but people have non-religious ways now and will find new ways to validate their violence. So no big deal.
    2. Religion is harmful in the sense that people use it to stop critically thinking - but many non-religious people don't critically think anyway so no big deal.

    Although I don't officially consider myself a Christian, I believe it's possible that its claims are true. I grew up in the Episcopal Church and I still feel a certain positive connection to it, so I would not consider it a good thing if it stopped existing. Nonetheless, I don't think the end of organized religion would make much of a difference. I do, however, think a world where belief in God and belief in the possibility of God did not exist would be a negative thing because it would signal a lack of imagination in society and an unwillingness to consider all possibilities - two things that aren't good for society in my opinion.
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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

    We would simply find other reasons to fight over rare resources. "You blue eyed people drink too much beer and can't correctly control central Europe! Us green eyed people that drink Scotch will show you how to do it!" Sounds dumb when you think about it, but so does blowing your self up on a bus full of people because an invisible deity wants you to.
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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

    Yes, it would be better off. We would develop the same major notions of morality and goodness even absent the fables about God and Satan. People would still be charitable and help each other, because at the end of the day that furthers our own interests at a society.

    The only difference is people would make decisions based on the present state of things rather than the state of things 2,000+ years ago.

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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

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    Do you believe the world would be better off without religion?
    Religion in general or religion as in a belief in a supreme being? Religion in general does not require the belief in a supernatural being, for example environmentalism.

    Religion | Define Religion at Dictionary.com

    noun
    1.
    a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
    2.
    a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
    3.
    the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
    4.
    the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
    5.
    the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
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    something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
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    religions, Archaic . religious rites.
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    Re: Would the world would be better off without religion?

    No the world wont be better off because as humans we'll just find something else to fight over.
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