there r so many religions out there nobody can now 4 sure what s and isn't shit. we would b better off if ppl looed at religion like a collection of stories that can b used like a guild line 4 being a good person and not a strict set in stone way of life.
Nothing good education wouldn't fix. If the idiots that want to cause this trouble wouldn't have their religion to justify it, they would search some other justification. However, my impression is that Religion, especially Islam, does help a lot to reduce crime without resorting to... drastic measures. If capitalist culture and education fails to educate, Religion can fill the gap and teach respect, moral and peace.
This is the main reason I remain agnostic. I believe there is something out there but we can't possibly know what it is because it's beyond our comprehension and attempting to is just futile. That and if God does exist I'm sure he would be horrified at what his followers had done in his name. And if that is exactly what he wanted God's an asshole who doesn't deserve to be worshiped at all. ~ C
I'm an agnostic theist and atheist. I'm still testing the theory if god exist or not. There have been times I've doubted him and times I've believed in him. More research is needed to come to a conclusion. ~ C
Confucianism is more a philosophical idea than a religious one, and Buddhism can be the most secular of the religions shown and even the Buddha suggested a creation story or even the worship of a deity is unnecessary. Heck, there are atheist Hindus and Sikhs are usually on the defense(They pretty much are always under attack, and history has shown they can be quite good at defending) when it comes to fighting. I know the Zionist Jews who are the cause of much of the problems in Israel tend to be secular, and Islams radicalism while nasty, can also be blamed a lot on by western imperialism. After all, who funded many of those groups in the first place? But sure, we can assume one made up idea tacked on to a system of data collection and observation(Science which does work) must be more right than every other made up idea from religion to nation states and will somehow lead to a better life than every other idea that has been tried before.
Actually Islamic radicalism has nothing to do with Imperialism. Islam itself tried to Imperialize in its hayday. Don't take of this as an attack. I'm just a historian andI can't help but make corrections when I find them. ~ C
Islam did at one point, but than it became mostly just various other, Islamic empires/kingdoms. You can blame the US for arming and training the Taliban and Al-quida(however that's spelled) for one thing. They were trained to help fight soviet influence, especially in Afghanistan. So ya, imperialism(in all but name). The western imperialism thing isn't just in training either, it also has to a lot to do with the West constantly trying to control and exert influence in the Middle East and Muslim countries(Its something that's been going on for a few hundred years now even). Ya, I'm a historian too.
Yay for historians \(^^)/. However I will say that some of it was caused by the arming of these groups. However even before the west was involved they were a pretty violent bunch. They were no better than Christians during the crusades. ~ C
I disagree: I think all religions contain some truth. I've heard stories, analogies, and quotes that say as much. Look up "The Blind Men and the Elephant." I think the fact that so many religions exist makes it more likely that there is some higher power; it's an innate feeling/belief that all human beings have. (I think C.S. Lewis expressed that idea in Mere Christianity--a good read if you want to understand the basic beliefs of Christians.)
one side of me is mildly annoyed that you are trying to inject an artificial crisis of fate/start a religious punchup, but the other (slightly less dominant) side says "yay Catholicism is not listed" and "haha, your wrong, you non catholic heretics!"