Friday, February 11, 2011

Would We Better Off Without Religion?

While the world's religions have inspired stunning acts of creation, they also have been implicated in some of the darkest deeds in human history.

If God cannot be blamed for such moments of evil, His priests and prophets at least have a case to answer.

So what might they say? That religion is unfairly blamed -- and that we should look to other factors? Admit that there are problems but argue that on balance the good outweighs the bad? That there is no alternative; that people need religion like they need air? About 100 minutes.


Anonymous said...

Would you ban atheism with the other religions? Atheism has a reputation is the deadliest, most intolerant faith.

Also, if you ban religion, the civil rights movement in the US would not have worked. No Dr. King.

Anonymous said...

No one has said anything about banning religion. So pay attention. A critique of religion is not a case for banning it. That is the mentality of a moralistic prohibitionist who assumes that anything they find bad should be illegal. Our view here is libertarian. Just because we think something is bad doesn't mean we want to ban you from engaging in it. I think jumping out airplanes is rather silly as a hobby, but if it gets you off, go for it. Same for religion.