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Religion is Bad for Society Says the Atheist

06 April on Atheism & Agnosticism  

One of the problems with stating that religion is bad for society is the reality that there are many great things that have come out of religion. In order to falsify that absolute statement you only need one good deed to come out of religion; for example if religion was bad for society then nothing good for society could come out of religion which we know to be false. Atheists tend look at a couple historical events conducted by the Catholics and/or Muslims to justify their statement. While it’s easy to see why the Muslims do what they do and some Christians may try to justify what the Catholics have done, it would be wrong to not admit that those events were yes, wrong. 

Richard Dawkins, in his TV series The Root of All Evil said;

“Religion is evil because many bad deeds have been done by religious people.”

And though he points out later in a radio show that bashing on religion is a bad argument, he still later went on to bash religion even more in his 400 page book, The God Delusion. Most likely because his readers are anti-religious and feeds on that kind of stuff. After all, write what sells, even if it’s not a good argument. His readers will eat it all up.

Balancing the View: Religion Can Be Good and Atheism Can Be Evil

The problem is he and many other atheists NEVER give a balanced-view to let the viewers/readers decide for themselves. By only bringing up points that support their beliefs they are given readers a biased opinion rather then the truth. They are quick to point out religious events they don’t like, but will never admit or bring up various GOOD events that have come out of religion, nor will they never admit that there have been many many other EVIL events that have happened that has nothing to do with religion, or that are a direct influence of atheism.

For example Christianity has been the backbone to many great  historical events including the abolition of slavery (William Wilberforce), the starting foundations of the education and medical institutes (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc all originally Christ-based), the countless testimonies of Christians that have forgiven appalling acts against them and their families, and the countless daily actions of believers that have done good deeds throughout history such as alleviating suffering, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick (Salvation Army, Blue Cross, Stepping Stones, American Adoption, etc).

The atheist will also reject (or fail to mention) facts that people like Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Adolf Hitler, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot have rightly been cited as examples of the dangers of atheism. The death tolls achieved by these men is far beyond those from “religious” wars. A simple web search will tell you that in no time.

We as Christians may want to state “atheism is evil for society”  because of all the evil that has transpired from it, however that is contradictory to our point that as long as something good comes out of atheism it cannot be evil. It is illogical to make a generalized statement that all atheists are bad, just  as we can’t state all religious people are bad. For now we must be content with the faith that religion provides hope that the atheist can’t ever provide, and provides answers science can’t even begin to address.

But to say “religion is bad for society or mankind” is the most ridiculous argument an atheist can bring to the debate.

Sex is Bad for Society

Here’s a different view on something being bad for society;

Suppose someone collects all the bad stories associated with sex, produces page after page of stories about broken promises, rape, adultery, promiscuity, pedophilia  lust, bestiality, and pornography, and concludes that sex is bad for you and poisons everything. What might a happily married husband and wife think?

– Michael Poole

Conclusion: It’s Just Not a Sound Argument

So when an atheist is so quick to bash religion, just remember it’s their resentment to religion, not because its a sound argument.  Religion has done just as much good for society (if not more), and there has been many non-religious activities (good and bad) that has happened in this world as well.

  • Misty

    The problem here is that you claim atheists and/or scientists are claiming religion is bad because of a single event. We don’t say AIDS is a bad disease because of one case. Statiscally, religion is bad for society, not because of one event, but because almost every war in history has been initiated on the basis of religion.

    • Hi Misty, I hear that thrown around a lot, from even the most prominent anti-religious aggressors. But that’s simply not true. Wars are caused by all sorts of reasons. Because we are all human. If you pulled a list of all the wars of this world, you would not be able to say “all” or even “most” are caused by religion. Couple examples;

      Civil War, 100 Year War, War of Roses, Desert Storm, Taiping Rebellion, etc….

      Do your research… Crusades, sure. Recent middle east wars, you can blame it on religion but we know the real reason (OIL). Religion is far form the reason. Almost always its economics, imperialism, totalitarianism, sovereignty, human nature (or what you may call survival of the fittest), etc.

      World War I:
      “The immediate cause of the war was the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by a Serbian nationalist. The fundamental causes of the conflict, however, were rooted deeply in the European history of the previous century, particularly in the political and economic policies that prevailed in Europe after 1871, the year that Germany emerged as a major European power.”
      (Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia)

      World War II:
      Under the heading “Causes of the War,” World Book Encyclopedia states, “Many historians trace the causes of World War II to problems left unsolved by World War I” (W:470).

      The American Civil War:
      “The chief and immediate cause of the war was slavery. Southern states, including the 11 states that formed the Confederacy, depended on slavery to support their economy. Southerners used slave labor to produce crops, especially cotton. Although slavery was illegal in the Northern states, only a small proportion of Northerners actively opposed it. The main debate between the North and the South on the eve of the war was whether slavery should be permitted in the Western territories recently acquired during the Mexican War (1846-1848), including New Mexico, part of California, and Utah. Opponents of slavery were concerned about its expansion, in part because they did not want to compete against slave labor.”
      (Encarta)