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What are the disadvantages of religion?

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2009-04-19 17:45:18

It divides when it is supposed to unite. Many wars have been

waged because different groups have different names for basically

the same God. Only the Metaphors are different. Also, some people

who are evil use the church to cover up their badness. That is,

it's part of their pretense. Outwardly they appear to be

Christians, for example, because they go to church. But on the

inside, they are far from it. __________ Sometimes, depending on

the formal teachings and practices of some religions, there

is a tendency to restrict free and open inquiry on a variety of

subjects that include philosophy, politics, culture, medicine and

the sciences in general. In place of open inquiry some religions

teach that there is material (like the Bible and other writings

considered sacred) that covers all that is important, for example,

regarding the formation of the universe or the beginnings of

humankind. Inquiry into these questions that follows a line

contrary to the religion's teaching is considered not only futile

but inherently bad. This disadvantage in no way applies to all

religions everywhere. Also, it is easy to see that groups can

readily agree on any number of things like the existence of a

deity, the importance of worship and the virtue of good deeds.

Often, however, groups (like some religions) will coalesce

around common biases and preferences instead. This may be more

subtle and not readily apparent. In groups like this people can

sometimes be brought to the belief that their biases, preferences

and even hatreds are ok, and actually proclaimed and sanctioned by

the deity. Not only that, but others outside of the group and who

do not hold to the group's biases and preferences are to be

resisted, to be considered evil and/or not worthy of much

consideration, and considered as heading for eternal perdition. The

disadvantage I am talking about is not the possible argument

that a faith's position on sin is in keeping with venerated

scriptures; it is in the outward (religious) validation by a

religion of the personal biases, preferences and hatreds

that are held by some individuals. It is hard not to wonder

how man's desire for power and influence interacts with systems of

faith and the development of world religions. When any religion

teaches that it has exclusive claims to the truth about life after

death and what it will be like for followers of the wrong

religions, and people are willing to believe the teaching, then the

potential for abuse is staggering. You wouldn't need a very

extensive study of history to find abuses. Again, the disadvantage

being offered is the great potential for the abuse of power, and it

is not aimed at any one or any group of religions or faiths.

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