Would we be better off without religion

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Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and A.C. Grayling - We'd be better off without religion [2007]

The widespread assertion that the world would be better off without religion is a reasonable hypothesis. Yet data suggest that skeptics should attach no more than a modest level of probability to it. This high number attests to the keen public interest generated by this age-old question.

Are we better off without religion?

Throughout history, the root cause of many wars has been disagreement over religion. Whole nations throughout the centuries have been torn apart by religious debate and it is still happening now. Millions of deaths could have been prevented in a religion free society. The running theme of the opposing parties seems to be that, without religion, and by proxy God, there would be no morals. This is indicative of the belief of moral absolutism, more popularly known as objective morality. I don't believe that I have to explain how inherently flawed this stance is, but, oh well. Objective morality is false, because not everyone has the same morals.

P opular religious belief is caused by dysfunctional social conditions. This is the conclusion of the latest sociological research pdf conducted by Gregory Paul. Far from religion benefiting societies, as the "moral-creator socioeconomic hypothesis" would have it, popular religion is a psychological mechanism for coping with high levels of stress and anxiety — or so he suggests. I've long been interested in Paul's work because it addresses a whole bunch of fascinating questions — why are Americans so religious when the rest of the developed world is increasingly secular? Is religious belief beneficial to societies?

Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?
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A refutation of the "No's".

Is religion a force of good or evil? A controversial question at times, but one that can't be avoided in the modern world. From violence and terror, to gender equality, to science, reason, and education - the faithful and the faithless tend to repeatedly clash over whether religion is a net positive or negative, whether it helps humanity more than it hurts it. Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and atheist, says religious institutions tend to be harmful to people. When asked whether people will outgrow religion, Aslan, who just released his latest book, God: A Human History, says we are not going to outgrow faith. It's going to alter religious people, but it won't make it go away.


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    Is religion a force of good or evil? A controversial question at times, but one that can't be avoided in the modern world. From violence and terror.

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    Sue Blackmore: We should be careful about drawing rash conclusions from the correlation between religiosity and societal breakdown.

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