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Has religion made the world better?

Not you, personally, but the world in general.

Why or why not?


Asked by IhartU at 12:20 PM on Feb. 24, 2013 in Religious Debate

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Answers (32)
  • No. It's simply become an excuse for people to forget their humanity and connection to one another.

    It's a scapegoat and it works sooo well.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 1:08 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • Spiteful much Dard?


    I have always stated that I see religion as a TOOL. In itself it is neither harmful nor good, it simply exists. It is all in how it is used. All too often however it is used for purposes which bring a negative influence on mankind. (Whether intentionally or not is dependant upon the individual wielding the tool and their motives). If religion were not the tool in question being used there is no doubt that some other "tool" would be used, such as Politics, Nationalism, or any other ideology that influences action.


    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:48 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • Hmm, the Crusades, Wars, Intolerance, killing in the name of "God", deaths of entire civilizations, burning "witches", etc.

    Sounds like a better world to me! (insert sarcasm for those you can not detect it)


    Answer by JeremysMom at 12:30 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • No, it's made it much worse. Think of every conflict that's resulted because of religion: every war, every act of terror (on a group or an individual), suicide bombers, witch trails, the inquisition.


    Answer by 3libras at 12:44 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • Which religion?
    Are you talking about any religion that is not ahteist?

    Atheism is not a religion.

    Answer by 3libras at 12:45 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • In general no. Maybe on a personal leve.. And I wasn't aware atheists had a religon??

    Forcing peoe to follow your religion or die, witch hunts, crusades, ownership over women and so on.

    Answer by skinnyslokita at 12:50 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • Well... religion is man made. It is then used by man to accomplish many things... both good and bad. So basically while religion itself cannot do anything to make the world better or worse, those controlling said religions have used it to accomplish personal goals. Sometimes those personal goals are very corrupt and effect not only the individual, but large portions of the population. The thing to remember here is that if religion wasn't a part of it, something else would be. It's not the religion that corrupts, but the person(s) involved.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 2:57 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 9:30 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • I think her question was very clear she said religion, not Christianity.

    Answer by skinnyslokita at 12:56 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • You are aware that there are a lot of non-theistic, or if you'd rather "atheistic", religions right? Religion =/= Theism.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:56 PM on Feb. 24, 2013