Religion - Good or Bad?

Joe

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Personally, it doesn't matter to me whether or not you believe in any particular religion. However, you may mention your beliefs along with your arguments to help reinforce a viewpoint, if relevant.

My interest is how the community sees religion's impact on humanity; have these beliefs been positive or negative throughout history and speculation as to whether or not it will continue to have said impact in the future.

Reminder that this is a debates sub-forum. Many people may play devil's advocate, and may argue for the point of arguing; try not to get too heated.

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Str En Gth

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I honestly think it's bad, I don't see what good can come out of it. Wars have started over religion. There's certain religions that I believe are worse than others, not going to name them but doing certain things or disagreeing with the religion can get you killed. How is that ok?
 

Enahsh2o

Climbing in your window.
It is easy to see that religion itself has had a major impact on history, it could even be said that it has had more of an impact on history than any other 1 thing. Now, whether it has been a good or bad impact is a widely debated and harsh subject to get into. But to me personally looking at it, I see it as a mostly negative impact.
For example; A LOT of wars, battles, genocides, and other similar occurrences have been related to religion...and in no way can those be made out to be a good thing. I suppose that is all I really need to say and if you want proof on the matter, Google it (I am not a history book ;) ).
There are of course any number of historical happenings that could easily back either side of the argument, but for me personally that 1 cause alone is enough to make me believe that religion has had an overall negative impact.



And if you really want to know a good thing that happened because of religion: United States of America. But of course there are people who would say that the USA wasn't, and isn't, a good thing and that is another subject in itself..
 
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