Why the world would be better without religion

Dear Readers,

I wanted to take some time to devote a blog to something that I’ve consistently been mentioning to friends and airing on various other websites (ie Facebook). What it basically boils down to is my assertion that the world would be a far better place without religion.

I fully understand that religion has played an important role in the development of history, and that religion has been responsible for some good in the world; to discount the good it has been responsible for would be detrimental to my arguments here.

Religion was responsible for bringing Europe out of the Dark Ages, providing a hierarchy of power to step in and begin uniting people in the chaos that occurred. Religion, in part, was responsible for bringing education to more and more people, religion provides a moral compass for those who find it easier to follow rather than find for themselves. Religion tries to instill in people a sense of good and a sense of community that should (theoretically) lead to an increase in humanitarian activities.

That being said, I don’t think anyone could argue that each of the good things that religion has been part of has also come with very evil and horrendous actions by religious believers.

Religion pulling Europe out of the Dark Ages came at a cost: people lived their lives in fear, scared constantly that god would punish them forever. There was rampant corruption, the selling of so-called indulgences that would buy a person out of x-number of years in purgatory. Even the papacy, the center of power for the new world, was fraught with corruption, assassinations and whatnot.

The Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the “missionary” work in the New World, including the destruction of the Incan, Mayan, and Aztecan Empires and countless tribes of Native Americans lost, as well as significant cultural achievements, the likes of which made Europe’s achievements look like child’s play. Religion’s silence in the face of the Holocaust, as well as countless genocides which have occurred throughout the world.

Religion has, by way of instilling “morals” taught believers to hate and discriminate against those who did not share the same beliefs. This is an inherent fault of religion. No religion that seeks to be the one true religion can ever accept and justify another religion’s existence.  Consequently, religions must seek to undermine other religions and convert non-believers. This seemingly cannot be done in a peaceful way, and millions of lives have been lost in this meaningless destruction.

And now we have the Catholic Church calling accusations that Pope Benedict was instrumental in covering up sexual abuses that were occurring “petty gossip.” Such lunacy highlights even more-so that religion has no place in a world that seeks to abolish discrimination, pain, hate, and forms of violence. Any decent morality should teach that it is wrong to cover up such an egregious assault on the innocence of small children and such an egregious abuse of the power the position of Priest affords. Furthermore, any decent morality should also teach that individuals should step up and take accountability for the times when their personal morality has failed them and caused them to make mistakes. The silence from the Pope underscores a massive failure in the morality the Catholic Church instills.

Reason further tells us that if such abuses occurred in the Catholic Church, surely they are not alone. It would not surprise me, though it would sadden me, to learn that abuses occur in every religion. Power does, afterall, beget corruption and abuse.

So dearest readers, I must affirm my idea that the world would be far better off without religion; without any institution propagating their agenda under the guise of morality. Let’s teach people how to find their own way; they’ll be stronger for it, their morality will be truer, and I daresay they’ll be happier in the end.

until next time,

Jim

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  1. #1 by Billy on April 15, 2010 - 10:28 pm

    i completely agree with you that our world would be so much better without religion. Being a gay man raised in the catholic church raised a lot of concerns to my mind. They base their life on being good people and living with the love of the lord. They say this when in all reality they are racist and have done many hate crimes against homosexuality. Don’t get me wrong, i don’t at all believe that everyone is like this but i notice many events when christians say they are good hearted people but they can even open their hearts to anyone different then themselves.

  2. #2 by The Other Weirdo on May 31, 2010 - 5:15 am

    I’m not convinced that religion was responsible was bringing Europe out of the dark ages which term, funnily enough, historians don’t seem to like anymore. It would’ve caused it(you know, monks washing ink from old manuscripts to make copies of bibles on), just like it had in Islam.

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