Astus wrote:What an enlightened article. I'd rather ponder whether religion has been ever the cause of any war. But OK, this is just another stereotypical concept about religion and why people don't even want to know about it.
Astus wrote:Also, ignorance about religion simply means that it is irrelevant in people's lives. How would it ever matter for a bloke in Minnesota what unknown people in a never heard of country believe in?
Is this worse than in other times...I'd say affirmatively very much so. The US population is becoming as a whole... regardless of educational level dumber and dumber by leaps and bounds.
The society seems to have reached its moral and knowledge peak by my take just around the end of the 2nd world war. A strict decline since then, starting with mccarthyism and decending into tea party today.
I fear for the fate of these peoples.
What an enlightened article. I'd rather ponder whether religion has been ever the cause of any war. But OK, this is just another stereotypical concept about religion and why people don't even want to know about it.
Heruka wrote:A religion gets its morals from people, not the other way around, last time I checked, you, me and the pope or an Imam are just primates.
Astus wrote:Seeing others as non/sub-humans is not a specifically religious but a general human attitude. In fact it is a basic Christian idea that all humans are capable of being saved, thus it was naturally the position of the Roman Catholic Church that the people of foreign lands are humans and can be converted. Nevertheless, this is not even the case of a religion causing war.
And let me repeat, I'm putting forth here an argument against the preconception that religion is something that creates wars.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama: "For a truly religious person there is never any basis for quarrel or dispute. Yet it is a fact that there have been so-called religious wars. However, the people involved in these were not practising religion but were merely using religion as an instrument of power. The actual motivation was selfish, not spiritual.
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