Ser Scot A Ellison Posted March 31, 2009 Share Posted March 31, 2009 EHK, [quote name='EHK for a True GOP' post='1739865' date='Mar 31 2009, 10.45']Of course religion adds good. Religiously inspired donations, care for the weak, charitable work. Inspiration and (in past eras) funding for great works of art and architecture. A unifying force for a great many peoples. But it is easily outweighed by the negatives even more so now than in eras past. We know longer need religion to unite Chrystendom to a common purpose in the era of mass communications, established cultural identities and nationalism. There are less divisive things to unite people that are not subject to the fickle whimsy of whatever god says nor the fervent devotion that subverts good sense and reason. We no longer need it to answer the mysteries of the physical world, because we know that even if there isn't a scientific answer yet, that one is out there. Art and architecture no longer needs religious patrons, influence, or inspiration to be done and done well. It is not necessary for people to be charitable. And as religious folk in the US tend to identify politically with the party that abhors welfare and foreign aid, they may actually be an impediment to alot of the more sizable and effective charity. Religion serves no purpose that cannot be fulfilled effectively via secular means.[/quote] I get what you are saying. However, I disagree. Provided people are not pushing their faith upon others and therein lies the rub. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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