55
   

What good does religion offer the world today?

 
 
FBM
 
  2  
Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2015 05:48 pm
@neologist,
There's a difference between everyone having a moral sense and the existence of a universal morality. There is no single moral code that every society accepts, much less every person in every society. And it's no secret that morals often evaporate under certain kinds of duress: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ik_people#The_Mountain_People
argome321
 
  2  
Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2015 05:50 pm
@Kolyo,
Quote:
If you're being serious, then you might actually have a case that your morality isn't very Christian.


hmm,That explains a lot. It's like when immigrants come to the USA and say that they learned English by watching American TV
0 Replies
 
neologist
 
  0  
Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2015 06:05 pm
@FBM,
Nearly all parents nurture their children.
Murder and rape are generally taboo
A few other things . . .

But the kicker is that many societies or subsocieties find reasons to discard these internal directives.
FBM
 
  2  
Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2015 06:12 pm
@neologist,
neologist wrote:

Nearly all parents nurture their children.
Murder and rape are generally taboo
A few other things . . .

But the kicker is that many societies or subsocieties find reasons to discard these internal directives.


Evolutionary biology explains infant nurture. Animals do it. Otherwise there would be no (or very few) animals, including humans. Murder: capital punishment, wars. Rape: look around the world a little more closely. Particularly among the more religiously fundamentalist societies, including some in the US. Religions constitute one of the main reasons that these internal directives are conveniently forgotten.
neologist
 
  0  
Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2015 06:43 pm
@FBM,
FBM wrote:
. . . . Religions constitute one of the main reasons that these internal directives are conveniently forgotten.
Noted.

Reminding myself of recent conversation with Chumly:
I mentioned other "authorities". That seemed offensive to him.
But nationalism is another force akin to religion.
There are others, I'd say.
FBM
 
  2  
Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2015 06:49 pm
@neologist,
There are plenty, I'd say. I'm not saying that I know for sure that we'd be better off without religions, but I'm not sure that we'd be any worse off without them, either. I suspect that human history may have evolved pretty much the same either way. Maybe people just use religions to justify doing what they are prone to do anyway. Seems you can justify pretty much anything given a particular religious text. I've already mentioned slavery, genocide, etc. On the other end of the spectrum, as far as I can tell, random acts of kindness, generosity, love, etc, occur in non-believers with about the same frequency as in believers. Not that I've done a study on it, mind you.
0 Replies
 
Olivier5
 
  1  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 08:10 am
It helps people go through their day, and once in a while it helps them take a good decision or two.

Where would South Africa be today without the undying faith of a Nelson Mandela? Where would America be without MLK? Where would India be without Gandhi?

To say that religion is bad bad bad and lack of religion is good good good, or vice versa, is for the simple-minded.
Olivier5
 
  1  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 08:16 am
@Olivier5,
In other words:

0 Replies
 
FBM
 
  2  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 08:22 am
@Olivier5,
Olivier5 wrote:

It helps people go through their day, and once in a while it helps them take a good decision or two.

Where would South Africa be today without the undying faith of a Nelson Mandela? Where would America be without MLK? Where would India be without Gandhi?

To say that religion is bad bad bad and lack of religion is good good good, or vice versa, is for the simple-minded.


Leibniz may have been right that we live in the best of all possible worlds. It may be that we'd be worse off if religions had never evolved, or it may be that we'd be better off. Nobody knows for sure, butterfly effect and all that. Speculating about what might have been is almost always slanted towards one or the other biased perspective, as far as I can tell. But I don't think that should stop us from pointing out problems and suggesting improvements for the future.
Olivier5
 
  0  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 08:32 am
@FBM,
Quote:
It may be that we'd be worse off if religions had never evolved, or it may be that we'd be better off. Nobody knows for sure, butterfly effect and all that. Speculating about what might have been is almost always slanted towards one or the other biased perspective, as far as I can tell.

The question has no real meaning. Religion developed EVERYWHERE... That can't be a coincidence. It HAD to bring some kind of advantage. I posit that it made the development of a set of social rules (i.e. moral, law) easier, and thus gave additional social cohesion and greater collaboration among tribe members in the groups that adopted some form of religion as compared to those who didn't.

So IMO it obviously played a positive role in civilization, up to a point. That much is acknowledged in the OP, since the issue is framed around the seeming obsolescence of religion TODAY. Not yesterday...
FBM
 
  2  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 09:00 am
@Olivier5,
Maybe a kind of proto-government. Seems plausible to me.
Olivier5
 
  1  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 09:26 am
@FBM,
The way I see it, it's more about the development of morals and values than just 'government'. A set of common values is needed by all societies, me think.
argome321
 
  1  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 09:33 am
@FBM,
Quote:
Maybe a kind of proto-government. Seems plausible to me.


I'm just asking for clarification. You want to go back to an earlier time? Do you think that there was an earlier period of time in human history that was better than today....morally speaking of course?

Wasn't the height of theocracy in Europe was during the middle ages after the fall of the roman Empire... Some refer to that period as the dark Ages I think?
FBM
 
  1  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 07:08 pm
@Olivier5,
Could be. I wouldn't rule it out.
0 Replies
 
FBM
 
  1  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 07:10 pm
@argome321,
Quote:
period of time in human history that was better than today...


I wasn't making a value judgement about it at all. Just conceding that that may well be how the history played out.
0 Replies
 
TheCobbler
 
  4  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 08:05 pm
https://scontent-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/11059925_437761239712495_2635220862368799926_n.jpg?oh=c8f889c8271e4fe03fe5eb68ef413b04&oe=55BD12CD
coldjoint
 
  -3  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 08:07 pm
@TheCobbler,
Looks like she might cause a great deal of that herself.

Don't progressives have a country to ruin? Wait, stupid people like that will.
0 Replies
 
InfraBlue
 
  4  
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 11:04 pm
@neologist,
neologist wrote:

Nearly all parents nurture their children.
Murder and rape are generally taboo
A few other things . . .

But the kicker is that many societies or subsocieties find reasons to discard these internal directives.

These "directives" run counter to other directives centered around self-preservation and self-interest. Morality is a dynamic of conflicting directives.
0 Replies
 
Olivier5
 
  1  
Reply Thu 26 Mar, 2015 10:55 am
@TheCobbler,
What the heck is that about???
maxdancona
 
  0  
Reply Thu 26 Mar, 2015 08:32 pm
@Olivier5,
It's simple Olivier. The key to woman's rights is to hate men.
 

Related Topics

 
Copyright © 2020 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.04 seconds on 08/03/2020 at 09:41:06