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Is it relevant in today's society?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on Oct. 9, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I don't think so. I think religion has lost it's meaning in this day of age. This is just my opinion though.

    Answer by njmommy2boys at 11:25 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • Ask yourself why stealing is wrong--and then you will have your answer:-)

    Answer by Ronnie80 at 12:40 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • relevant how?

    Answer by kimberleee382 at 3:15 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • Stealing was wrong before religion was around...

    Answer by thalassa at 4:42 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • But what makes it wrong--religion doesn't make it wrong---there is more to it. I am not talking organized relgion. I am talking Higher Law---there were also laws before there were judges and courts.... Just because one doesn't profess a religion doesn't mean stealing becomes right.....
    But most religions have codified laws---but why and how were they determined?

    Answer by Ronnie80 at 4:57 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • All of the things we consider immoral or wrong are considered wrong because they are detrimental to a functioning group. Humans are a social animal...just like any other species, there are certain actions that harm or impede group cohesion and function. The only difference between human society and behavior and any other social species is the nature of the "rules" of acceptable behavior, their exceptions and the "punishment" for transgressions of those rules.

    While "natural law", as a philosophy is largely Greek, and was adopted by the early Catholic Church (and subsequenly adopted by most Protestant denominations), it is fairly universal--which totally makes sense as human nature is universal... Which is why the fundamental underlying ideas of most religions are fairly universal--and at the heart of all of them, the idea of treating others as one wishes to be treated...


    Answer by thalassa at 6:19 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • cont...

    As far as the relevancy of organized religion, religion was the original politics and government (and in some places still is) is a way to control the people and to ensure that (hopefully) they refrain from those ideas and actions that harm group cohesion and function.

    Unfortunately, a religion is based upon a group of ideas and beliefs that are supported by institutions dedicated to promoting that belief...and institutions are run by people...and people are goverened by human nature, which is imperfect... Which means that one of the ways by which we convince people to abide by the standards of natural law are often corrupted by the interests and bias of the individual....

    Answer by thalassa at 6:19 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • No.

    Answer by attorneymama at 2:56 AM on Oct. 10, 2008

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