Thursday, January 7, 2010

"Religion is the Cause of All Evils in this World" - really?

( by Allen Yeh

After 9/11, it became very fashionable for atheists to say, “Religion is the cause of all evils in this world; if we just got rid of religion, we would solve a lot of our problems.” (in fact, I had some guy say this to me at a wedding I attended recently—what a time to bring up religious controversy—at a wedding of all places!)

I once heard someone respond thusly: the solution to bad religion is not no religion, it is good religion. Just as the solution to bad/corrupt business (e.g. Enron) is not to get rid of businesses altogether—it is to instill good business practices! Getting rid of religion is throwing out the baby with the bathwater!

I like that.

And here is my own response to the “religion is the problem” argument:

We’ve already had our great experiment of eradicating religion. It was called the twentieth century, the most secular century in the history of mankind. What happened? Let’s see… Marxism, Communism, Fascism, Nazism, two World Wars, the Holocaust and other genocides, the atomic bomb, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the bloodiest century in human history… all in the name of secularism and scientific “progress”.

Don’t tell me that religion is the problem, or as Marx said, the “opiate of the masses.”

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