Is the Issue Religion vs. Atheism?
How much an issue, really, is religion vs. atheism? Or similarly, “true faith” vs. secularism or humanism? (For “true faith” most Americans would insert Christianity or “relationship with Christ”.) Or do the real issues which concern people in any of the categories one might call “non-religious” revolve mainly around immature or fanatical religion?
In the latter case, maybe people like the “New Atheists,” or anyone opposing religion in general and accusing all religion of promoting evil, holding back society in various ways, misplace their attacks. What do you think?
I’ve studied this and related issues in depth and think it is clear religion is a complex mixture of beneficial and detrimental. That I mean both for individuals and for society. Now, this raises another set of questions about whether and how we might increase the beneficial and diminish the detrimental. It’s not time for those questions now.
If you don’t even agree with the “mixed bag” concept, why not? If you do, what leads you to belive that?
If you have religious faith, how has the nature of your faith changed to create more benefit to you, or greater maturity? And are you convinced that what is personal benefit in your beliefs and practices of faith is also likely to benefit most people around you or in your society? (For example, you feel it’s made you more compassionate and likely to do good to others, made you more accepting, etc.)