In light of recent posts on here- I am aware that this question will come off far more confrontational than it is intended but...
I am confused:
in some threads people say everyone is responsible for their own actions (I agree) and that you can have morals without religion (I agree)
in other threads the same people say religion is the cause of the evil in the world(or vote up answers that say this or a variation)- how come when it comes to good actions people are responsible but when it comes to bad actions-its religion and not the people that are responsible-
Does it show a bias when you believe that religion is the root of bad actions (violence, evil) but its the actions of people for good ones (strength, morals)?
It's kind of a conundrum, isn't it
Answer by adnilm at 6:38 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
Answer by bandgeek521 at 5:46 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 5:59 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
Answer by adnilm at 6:43 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
There's a sort of mentality that comes with "group-think" that drives people to discriminate and cause harm to people who believe differently than they--and it can be political as well as religious. All we have to do is look at Nazi Germany to see that otherwise good people can be convinced to do horrible things to other good people--in that case because of political ideology--but we see it happen with religion, too. In that sense, it's both--the people and the religion--responsible. By the same token, that influence can be used to benefit all people in the form of encouraging volunteerism and charity. I think it's both in both cases.
Answer by jsbenkert at 7:38 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:07 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
Answer by anime_mom619 at 6:36 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
Perhaps people say religion is to blame, because believers are so emotionally identified with their beliefs, that separating the person from the belief is difficult when they take actions that they believe are a direct result of their faith. The individual who takes the action is always to blame for the action, but the information that builds the belief is also responsible. Had that mom not believed judgement day was May 21st, she would not have slit the throats of her 3 daughters. Truth matters.
Answer by clarity333 at 6:49 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
Answer by adnilm at 6:51 PM on Jun. 28, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 7:06 PM on Jun. 28, 2011