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Religion's Worst Ideas...

Post by Rockhopper on Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:21 pm

Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good.

I’ve previously highlighted some of humanity’s best moral and spiritual concepts, our shared moral core. Here, by way of contrast, are some of the worst. These twelve dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, they belong in the dustbin of history just as soon as we can get them there.

1. Chosen People –The term “Chosen People” typically refers to the Hebrew Bible and the ugly idea that God has given certain tribes a Promised Land (even though it is already occupied by other people). But in reality many sects endorse some version of this concept. The New Testament identifies Christians as the chosen ones. Calvinists talk about “God’s elect,” believing that they themselves are the special few who were chosen before the beginning of time. Jehovah’s witnesses believe that 144,000 souls will get a special place in the afterlife. In many cultures certain privileged and powerful bloodlines were thought to be descended directly from gods (in contrast to everyone else). Emphasis mine.

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Post by Monk (in hiding) on Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:25 am

You beat the same drum daily.........

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Post by Monk (in hiding) on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:22 pm

Monks invented champagne.

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Post by Rockhopper on Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:07 pm

Religion is the worst thing ever invented by man. It has caused more destruction and bloodshed than anything else.

I am happy to live in one of the countries where religion plays no part in politics or Govt. services.

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