Does Religion Cause More Harm than Good? Brits Say Yes. Here’s Why They May be Right.

A thoughtful article about a controversial, but important, subject.

ValerieTarico.com

 Most British people think religion causes more harm than good according to a survey commissioned by the Huffington Post. Surprisingly, even among those who describe themselves as “very religious” 20 percent say that religion is harmful to society. For that we can probably thank the internet, which broadcasts everything from Isis beheadings, to stories about Catholic hospitals denying care to miscarrying women, to lists of wild and weird religious beliefs, to articles about psychological harms from Bible-believing Christianity.

In 2010, sociologist Phil Zuckerman published Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment. Zuckerman lined up evidence that the least religious societies also tend to be the most peaceful, prosperous and equitable, with public policies that help people to flourish while decreasing both desperation and economic gluttony.

We can debate whether prosperity and peace lead people to be less religious or vice versa…

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Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at www.geogepolleyauthor.com.
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One Response to Does Religion Cause More Harm than Good? Brits Say Yes. Here’s Why They May be Right.

  1. Jerry grant says:

    Agreed…carried away religion is a serious enemy of freedom within itself and to others…by the same token mankind can always find reasons to be cruel and make war on the tribes next door..this is true in all civilizations ,whether bronze or 21century…a condition of mankind that has been forever

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