I think religion is related to traits humans evolved while surviving. It can be great for social cohesiveness, and prior to our more modern discoveries (Of evolution and a bunch of other stuff) it helped many people with the irritation of not knowing what was really happening.
I also think that religion can't be destroyed because the impulse is too strong for too many people. I think it's better to concentrate on critical thinking, because when people can reason they are less likely to ignore important scientific evidence. Or burn people to death as witches.
Religion is also the reason we still deny certain members of our society equal standing based on their sexual preference. Also, I would note only the Spartans threw disabled babies to their death, pretty sure (not 100%). And they had a religion. Ultimately, in the words of Steven Weinberg "With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
I have to wonder if not having religion would be better, though. Look at bullying in schools: kids take any excuse they can get. Religion probably doesn't help—gets people to fight together where they normally wouldn't—but the Westerners and the Middle East have been at it for like 5000 years on and off.
Solum-IpsumFeatured By OwnerFeb 10, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe and sort of. People have the ability to change according to their own decisions. This means that they can become either subhuman (by letting animalistic urges dominate) or superhuman (though religion alone is insufficient for that).
Solum-IpsumFeatured By OwnerFeb 11, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
If they have the sufficient potential (as suppressed or latent qualities) to identify them as human, then yes. Being a slave may also be a temporary condition or being fit only for that specific caste/class.
Solum-IpsumFeatured By OwnerFeb 12, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
I disagree. Religion stifles subhuman urges, because those are dependencies heteronomous to one's own unbiased will, thus diffuse, waste and bond down one's powers, orienting them to react to mere impulses. If you observe it even superficially, you can see that our very discussion is based on such responsive actions. A supreme human being is someone who is able exactly because of not being bound by needs. This is the reason why many great spiritual teachers are depicted as possessing a stoic attitude, most certainly being able to feel, but not destined to do so against their will or be influenced by them (e.g. Gautama Siddharta Buddha's battle with the demon Mara before achieving Nirvana or the passion of Jesus before his resurrection as Christ).
chirohitoFeatured By OwnerFeb 10, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
people makes themselves inhuman, they just find religions as an excuse for their actions. i am a Christian, but look at Christianity throughout the centuries. burning, torturing, executing, killing people in the name of "God". The corrupt make corrupt, and use religions as covers.
First of the religion in question makes a big difference. I never heard of a Shinto religious fanatic, or an animist religious fanatic and so forth. 2 nd off some people just need a reason to be assholes :_)
Come on, Africa? There are a lot worst things going on in Africa right now. People chop each others limbs and set others on fire with tires and gasoline on a daily basis over there. Not a good example :\
yeah but not to practice animism. since animists think that soul is a dweller, cannibals eat the other peoples flesh in order to gain the power of their souls, thus thinking that eating a heart or bathing in someones blood would give them powers.
animist extremism. these maniacs exist in every religion as long as you are willing to take small numbers as examples