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RELIGION: Boon or Bane for Humanity?

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I think religion is used as a shield for terrorists to hide behind and let out there revenge, feelings or personal views, however religion is a beautiful thing and allows individuals to express their feelings and open their hearts to the world…writes Anisha Minocha, Year 9 student at Altrincham Grammar for Girls

Nepalese devotees dressed up as Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha participate in the procession of the Rath Yatra or Chariot festival in Kathmandu, Nepal (File)

Religion is not dangerous as many people benefit from devotion to religion and become better people because of it. Such as the Hindu teachings of Ahimsa (non- violence), teachings like this encourage people to act in love, peace, worship and more.

On the other hand, religion can encourage blind faith and the idea that you don’t have to witness something to believe it (opposite of an empiricist); this could make you not stand up for your own beliefs because you accept what other people think even if it goes against you.

Richard Dawkins would agree that religion leads to blind faith with the quote ‘I am against religion because it teaches us not to be satisfied with not understanding the world’.

In support of my position many people look up to religion for guidance, this helps them in life and teaches them many things that science cannot. I believe in Occam’s razor because the complex theories of science will keep growing and many times science is proving its own theories wrong with new scientific evidence, however with Occam’s razor you can stick to simple ideas, letting them give you a certain path to follow in life.

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Anisha Minocha, Year 9 student at Altrincham Grammar for Girls

In this case, religion guides people into safety, knowledge and enlightenment. In the Shri Guru Granth Sahah it encourages Sikhs to become better, selfless people: ‘the one who performs selfless service, without thought of reward shall obtain his level and master’.  Therefore, religion encourages people to do good in this world.

In contrast, religion is the reason for many terrorist attacks. For example the 9/11 bombing was done ‘in the name of religion’ and I understand that without religion, many of these terrible events wouldn’t have happened. However, after these attacks people unite to become one, strong force and repel terrorists- thus making the terrorist’s mission a failure. Only 7% of wars are caused by religion. Also, some religions don’t give people a say in whether or not they want to be part of that community, like Islam.

Dawkins thinks ‘faith can be very dangerous and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong’, but there are few religions which do that and we are also encouraged to act with free will. Stephen Fry thinks religion is dangerous and unbeneficial ‘how dare you create a world in which there is such misery’, however in order to understand what misery truly is, you must know and appreciate joy so you know misery.

Religion and science are both separate like Alister McGrath says in the Independent model: ‘science cannot approve or disapprove of religion as they are separate’ therefore religion gives things science does not. For example, in Islam they believe in Zakat (charity) this benefits the religious person by the act of giving and the receiver as they are being helped. In Christianity Jesus’ golden rule is ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ this improves everything because of this religious moral teaching, it encourages people to be good and just towards each other.

I think religion is used as a shield for terrorists to hide behind and let out there revenge, feelings or personal views, however religion is a beautiful thing and allows individuals to express their feelings and open their hearts to the world. Richard Dawkins thinks ‘only suicide bombers are truly religious’ but this is not true because religion helps and guides people, promoting peace, charity, togetherness and values that science cannot teach. Religion helps, not hinders.

 

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