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Life Without Religion Essay Papers

Do you think human beings can live without religion?

Sociologists, psychologists and politicians have for years studied the role of religion in people’s life. It has been found that religion no longer has a central part in the lives of many people. But for a large number, religion remains a powerful force. This happens in spite of the progress of science. Communism tied to abolish religion and develop a completely materialistic society. It failed despite the repression it used.

So, we can safely say that religion is part of human nature and human life and people in general cannot live without it. Yet, for many, religion does not have the same intensity or passion. However, a large number are ready to fight and die for their religion. The events in Northern Ireland in the past 35 years, in Iran, in the Middle East show how people refuse to give up even one inch when their religion is, in their view, threatened. The religious conflicts, or the political conflicts involving religions, are those that are most difficult to solve. The passions arouse by religious faith are so strong that they often blind the people. Yet, this is the case and shows that people cannot live without religion.

Another aspect of human nature that shows the importance of religion in people’s lives is the universal need to worship. This is shown in a variety of ways. When Stalim banned religion and closes churches, people were barred from giving free play to a timeless practice. Ironically, Stalim himself was turned into an object of worship. His statues, larger than life were set up everywhere. His predecessor Lenin was exposed in a mausoleum after his death and preserved for people to come and pay homage – a direct kind of worship. If people cannot worship God, they will worship a man, an animal or an object. Also, now after the collapse of communism in Russia, the people go to church with remude, more ardent fervor, as if to compensate for the lost years.

All over the world, there is one common attitude to religion. It shows a fundamental link. Religious faith has been translated into the most complex, most glorious buildings used as places of worship. The cathedrals in the West built with art, money, love and faith reflect the importance people attach to religious worship. In the East, we find the same ardent devotion expressed in the creation of temples and pagodas. In the Islamic countries, the same art and pride are attached to the building, maintaining and use of mosques. Today, places of worship are among the most famous architectural creations of the ages. It is true that Stalim turned churches into factories, but this act is still considered as barbaric. Even people who do not attend places of worship protest when there is a proposal to demolish such places. Again, we see how closely tied people are to religious matters.

Religion has become such an integral part in people’s life that is difficult to imagine them living without it. The Muslims has to pray five times a day. Christians have to attend mass every Sunday or Saturday. Jews have to live in strict observation of their religious principle. The three important stages of a person’s life are marked by religious ceremonies and rituals: birth, marriage and death. Most religions believe these three stages need to find blessing. The priest has thus become an essential figure in most societies. He is given privilege treatment and his spiritual help is sought at any crucial moment in the people’s lives.

In the course of history, there has been a lot abuse committed by religion or in the name of religion. Yet, the fundamental principle of religion is never questioned by the majority of people. The sects, which have proliferated in our times, have never enjoyed a good reputation. In fact, their leaders have almost of their times abuse their followers, enriched themselves, even killed their followers or led them to suicide. We can mention Warco in the USA, the Solar Temple in Switzerland and Canada, AUM Shinryo in Japan; these illustrate the criminal tendencies of so-called religious leaders and the perversion of the human mind. Yet, people are easily convinced to follow a new faith. It seems that without a creed, people are not happy and cannot live.

But religion is to stay for a long time with human beings. One thinker has said that human beings have to live and practice religion because they are weak and childish, and when they grow up, they will not need any such support. However, despite its faults, religion helps to keep humans in the right path to enrich their cultural life, to bring stability in their family. Without the work of religion, there would be more crime, more abuses. The fear of God and the need to live morally is largely inculcated by religion. Religion preaches the belief in a superior power or powers. Religious faith therefore provides the spiritual food to balance the material food which people consume in their everyday lives. For these reason, religion is likely to remain an important part in human living.

 

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  • It would be

    Think for a second. There would be many more people in the world. If there was no religion, WWII would pretty much not have happened with the Germans. The pilgrims came here because they were being forced to follow another religion and then years later the independence war happened. Also 9/11 never would have happened and ISIS would not be killing so many people.

  • Yes it would

    Yes, it would be better, there would be much less war and hatred, loads of things damaged by Religion Wars (like 911) would never have happened, think about it, loads of nationalities would like eachother and not hate on eachother. Issues like preventing gay marriage would not exist, the world would be much better.

  • Religion is man made, it is mostly for money and power over the people

    Religion is few people (greedy) Start the group. It has wnt out of control.
    Religion in other words is to control people and get power. Religion promoting religion. They believe that god has created us. That is far from that. What they called god. No one has seen god nor heard him speak.
    How can any claim that there is god yet can not prove it.
    There is no freedom in religion. Religion is like dictator. Few top people control other people. They threaten people if they do not worship god they wil be in hell.
    Hell or heaven no one has seen. Many claim that god is sitting on throne and watching every one. I have not seen till today that god has interfere with any disaster. There is no reason to believe that there is god

  • YES

    Yes, the world would be a better place without religion.

    One such example is Islam 800->1100AD . Did you know that 2/3rds of the constellation star names are Arabic? Or that the word 'algebra' and 'algorithm' are Arabic. Or that our numerals are Arabic numerals? Islam during this period was once an open intellectual center of the world in mathematics, engineering, medicine and it was all happening in Baghdad. And all the aforementioned advances in mathematics and astronomy (algebra, constellation discovery) are all traceable to this 300 year period. Free flowing and exchanging of open ideas among Jews, Christians, Atheists, ectetera took place. It was like a modern day Berkeley or New York, for example.

    Then something happened in the 12 century. A scholar by the name of Imam Hamid al-Ghazali became quite influential with his religious ideas. What are examples of such ideas? That mathematics is the work of the devil. His works were translated and reproduced throughout the area at a rate rivaling the printing press of today. His religious influence sparked the collapse of their intellectual period and to this day Islam has not recovered.

    It happened before and it can happen again.

  • Mixed feelings about this one...

    I don't believe in any God/superior being. I don't like the fact that someone is better than the human race in every single way possible. But I can see why others believe in this thing. It can give senses of hope if tough times through out peoples lives. When my family lost my Grandma, the majority of my family turned Christian, but I didn't understand why? She was dead, and I obviously was upset, but I didn't understand why people turned Christian? I completely dislike the view of religion.

    However, Albert Einstein said " Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.". I actually believe that this quotation is accurate. They balance each other out. It's like a non-overlapping magisteria; both types of methods answer any question ever asked, but they can't answer each others.

    But primarily, I believe that religion is holding back science through religiously, ethical opinions and rules. Without these rules and regulations, society can achieve a lot more through scientific research. Take, for example, if there was a possibility of finding a cure for cancer, aids, HIV or any other serious illness; but you had to kill 1000 people to find this said cure, religious people would say that's wrong because you're killing 1000 people. "Do not kill" - Ten Commandments. "Those who act cruelly and unjustly in the sacred lands, those who yearn for the ways of the ignorant and those who wrongly shed human blood." (Reported in Bukhari). Many other religions say it's wrong. But, you're killing 1000 to save the lives of many more. Without religion, we could commence in this experiment without having religious people protesting about these acts. Obviously, not many people will be in line, waiting to die, and I'm sure their families wouldn't want that either, but over years, when people die, we could use those bodies. But with religious people, this couldn't happen.

    Anyway, I was ranting on a bit there. Thank you for reading and I hope you take my opinion into account. Also, feel free to comment and argue against my opinion, I don't mind. - Matthew Bentley, 16

  • Holding us back

    In the past, religion has held people back from achieving great things that would benefit mankind. This still happens today. Without religion, the world would be a much less ignorant place and people would learn to accept truths. The world would be a much safer place to live. No bigotry or hatred or wars concerning religion.

  • Yes and No

    Religion is nothing more than ideas/rules set by crazy men at a time when most people were quite stupid and believed it, people then started teaching their children who think whatever their parents tell them must be true.

    A fantasy to help people feel safe (there is a god/angle watching you and he loves you all), and to keep them inline (do no evil or spend an eternity in hell), and as a crutch (just ask god for forgiveness and he shall grant it), and an excuse (everything has a purpose, god has a plan set for each and every one of us, so all my actions are the result of gods will)

    It's all a bunch of crap and people need to wake up, there is no being of any sort floating in the sky, we are not the center of the universe.. We are just tiny bacteria on one out of possibly an infinite number of planets in an ocean of possibly infinite size, and we think way too highly of ourselves.

    I find it silly that so many people can believe in something so bizarre as some of the things pointed out these religions, a virgin giving birth "yeah right... Someone got inside her one way or another.", a man parting a sea, another turning water into wine "sure I guess, add some grapes and wait awhile", and whatever other nonsense they would have you believe.

    Tales that do not belong in this day and age.

    IMO the world would be a better place without religion for me, because I wouldn't have to listen to so many people talking about fairy tales as if it was fact all the time.

    On the other hand, the world would be a very different place without religion, and most likely not for the better.. People would have no feel of getting into hell, or being blocked from heaven, there would be no laws since most of the big ones come from religion, everyone would be fighting everyone and it would be survival of the fittest.... Just as nature intended, we are animals after all.

    What we really need, is a kind of global religion.. Everyone under one roof, with one belief.... ( What you can prove to be true is true. What you can't prove to be true may still be true unless proven false, but should not be acted upon as if it were true ) basically science and knowledge, in the end the survival of not only the world, but also humans as a species will depend upon it, religion or no religion.. One day eventually this planet will die, we are killing it through industry and pollution, there are many more of us each year adding to a constantly increasing pile of crap that is going to choke the life out of everything.

    Through science and knowledge we can reverse these effects and make the planet much healthier. Possibly even seed new planets to ensure future survival.

  • Of course it will

    Religion has always been a shield for believers to hide behind. They think that God will help them, provide and care for them. Nothing is indestructible, any shield, no matter how large or strong, must come down. Stop cowering behind this false sense of religion, grow up and face the world head-on.

  • Religion is used to "justify" atrocities and warfare, slows progress.

    A world without religion would not be a world without evil, but there would for sure be less evil. From my knowledge of history, I can say that 85-95% of all wars ever fought were directly or indirectly over religion, including WWII and the current and former post-9/11 middle eastern wars. Not only has it been used to justified many wars, but it also was used to justify 246 years of slavery and 99 years of segregating Blacks in the United States, the Holocaust, the genocide of Native Americans, the current genocide in Darfur, most of current terrorist attacks, burning 20 people alive ("witches") in Salem, MA in the 1600's, the Crusades the list goes on and on. Religion also seems to slow the progress of society (it slowed gay rights, freedom of speech on television, freedom of music, for a long time slowed medical progress, slowed women's rights, slowed and still slows black rights, ect.) society would be more advanced without religion, especially the Middle East which has made little progress since the 1400's due to Islam. Finally, the least religious countries tend to have the lowest rates of violent crime, are very educated, and have lower rates of poverty and corruption compared to more religious nations which tend to have much higher rates of violent crime and corruption. Overall, the world would be much better but still not perfect without religion.

  • Religion is used to justify atrocities and warfare, and slows progress.

    A world without religion would not be a world without evil, but there would for sure be less evil. From my knowledge of history, I can say that 85-95% of all wars ever fought were directly or indirectly over religion, including WWII and the current and former post-9/11 middle eastern wars. Not only has it been used to justify many wars, but it also was used to justify 246 years of slavery and then 99 years of segregating Blacks in the United States, the Holocaust, the genocide of Native Americans, the current genocide in Darfur, most of current terrorist attacks, burning 20 people alive ("witches") in Salem, MA in the 1600's, the Crusades the list goes on and on. Religion also seems to slow the progress of society (it slowed gay rights, freedom of speech on television, freedom of music, for a long time slowed medical progress, slowed women's rights, slowed and still slows black rights, ect.) society would be more advanced without religion, especially the Middle East which has made little progress since the 1400's due to Islam. Finally, the least religious countries tend to have the lowest rates of violent crime, are very educated, and have lower rates of poverty and corruption compared to more religious nations which tend to have much higher rates of violent crime and corruption. Overall, the world would be much better but still not perfect without religion.

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