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Is Religion Good or Bad for Society?

by Systems Engineering Consulting at Innovative Employee Solutions on May 09, 2010

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Some folks say, “Of course, religion’s good for society – it fosters a strong sense of community, feeds the hungry, houses the homeless and promotes the moral education of our children.” ...

Some folks say, “Of course, religion’s good for society – it fosters a strong sense of community, feeds the hungry, houses the homeless and promotes the moral education of our children.” Others say, “Are you kidding? Religion deceives people about the true nature of reality, inspires sectarian violence, teaches dangerous and misleading sex education, and causes endless cultural disputes over abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research - of course, it's bad for society.” Drawing on recent social science research by Gregory Paul, and the “Plan B” Initiative by Lester Brown, this talk suggests a fresh approach to answering this question.

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  • BrentMeeker Brent Meeker The 'Good for Society' list seems to assume some moderate Methodist. Most religions work to increase poverty by telling people birth control is sinful. Only a handful of sects teach respect for the environment. And people already have sports to do on Sunday.

    The 'Bad for Society' side again assumes fo Western Christian religion. It doesn't mention Sharia, honor killings, homophobia, killing witches, sacrificing animals,...
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  • BrentMeeker Brent Meeker It's telling that the map of the world's religion has an inset showing that non-believers are 16% of the population, more numerous than Hindus and Jews. Yet on the map there is not a single country shown as non-believing. Countries like France, German, Sweden, and the U.K. where non-believers are almost certainly the plurality are shown as 'protestant' or 'catholic'. 2 years ago
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