Monday, February 14, 2011

Being Held Back?

Do you think that religion has held Humanity back from advancing intellectually?

Sorry for the quick post, but I'm sick and in bed but this question has been bugging me all day and I think its my most important question so far.  Cant wait to see what you guys say on this one.

Tell me what you guys think and remember I could care less if you disagree with me, I just want to see how others view, interpret, and answer the questions. People need to see different ideas and different answers from different people, so that everyone can expand on their own knowledge and thought processes.

41 comments:

  1. I think to some extent. religion is based upon tradition for the most part. So i think it's hard to advance intellectually with a base such as this.

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  2. Usually it is resistant to science advancement because of it challenges core traditional values. But this is in the fundamentalist views of religion, most people really don't care. Those that do care, the bigots, end up being loudest, unfortunately.

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  3. Most definitly. Theres some seriously archaic views out there completely out of touch with modern views. Not to mention "playing god" which holds back many modern day science advances. Good question! Followed.

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  4. In an ideal world, it wouldn't. Unfortunately there are many zealots that look to logic and reasoning with hate because they feel like it challenges religion (which really, it does, because from my perspective at least, anything outside of science can't be known till you're at that point).

    tl:dr;
    The Dark Ages had quite strong religion.
    It also had the worst scientific setbacks in history.
    That is definitely not a coincidence.

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  5. Hope you feel better! I think that the intellectual advancement that has occurred, especially in the face of religion, is a great sign of human ingenuity.

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  6. Anything with dogma holds us back. This can be religious, political or social. Rigid views are the enemy of progression. Unfortunately, religion has been the greatest propagator of dogmatic world views and as a connection to the divine has the strongest emotional influence over people.

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  7. Religion is still such a big part of life, and we won't advance till its completely gone

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  8. Yeah I think so and science is really starting to dig at religion which is creating turmoil throughout most parts of the world!

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  9. yes and no as i think religion was the bedrock for social order and control which paved the way for education etc... yet i think its now holding us back.

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  10. One must also consider that for the majority of history religion has been wielded by the political powers, and that even if religion did not exist, governments would still have operated in the same or even worse ways.

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  11. I believe it's a Yes and No. Yes religion has impeded science time after time, but it was religion that institutionalized schools and spread education even though they were focused predominantly on priests.

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  12. Maybe to some extent. I'm sort of religious myself, but its hard to deny that religion has imposed at least a few restrictions in the world of science.

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  13. religion keeps us humane to an extent. you wont kill someone because its one of the 10 commandments and also illegal. You wont have an affair because its one of the 10 commandments you wont steal if you have the chance because its one of the 10 commandments ofc not everyone follows these.

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  14. Yeah, it does hold back society.

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  15. Yeah religion is necessary at times but not perfect and as were 'growing up' at times it has become a real burden. Love the blog btw.

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  16. I think religion plays less of a role now but had definitely held things back in the past. Keep up the good work. Following.

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  17. We could defiantly do with less of it today.

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  18. Oh, most certainly. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and so on. All of them are guilty of retarding humanity's advancement.

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  19. Of course religion has limited and delayed our technological advancement!

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  20. Of course it has. Look at what it has done to our society. We believe a 150 year old man saved all the animals in the world.

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  21. The thing you guys are kinda missing is that Science is a Religion and Religion is a Science.

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  22. religion purposely holds back science to prevent it from disprooving the existance of their god

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  23. I think religion played a much larger part when we had things like the renaissance and such going on, times when our technological advances should of been much more than they were due to religion.

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  24. it's probably already been mentioned in the comments (since it's quite an obvious answer), but religion has definitely put a hold on advancing intellectually. organised religions puts a bar on freedom of though and discourages followers from questioning their faith. if we could be told what we can say or do, then that causes an obstacle in searching for further knowledge and truth.

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  25. I think it does. It ingrains people with an undeserved sense of fear but on the other side of the token it encourages compassion and understanding. Ive always been torn on this idea. Its interesting to see someone with the same quandry

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  26. I think humans hold back humanity from advancing intellectually. Regardless of any institutions.

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  27. Wow, controversial question but short answer I would have to say yes. Perhaps not so much to do with the religion in question but maybe the lack of questioning (which leads to scientific advancement for example) these people tend to do. A thought.

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  28. I would argue in the very beginning of of a species religion served it's purpose in keeping people from being to crazy, but now in our day and age it's long overdue to stop believing in santa.

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  29. Well, religion is basically a way to control masses. I think dark ages were a good example of religion holding back research and science, and of course humanity.

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  30. It's a conspiracy, religion is an opiate of the masses, people need a higher power as their crutch. In a way, religion forms a basis for moral obligation, so you can't really say that it's bad. We could do away with some of the other bullshit they spew out though.

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  31. i really do. some of the things religious people spout is just absurd.

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  32. I do think so. Every other person commenting on this post made such good points that I don't need to bring up anything else. :)
    Hope you feel better soon!

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  33. As an atheist, i'm a little suspect, but yes, i do think that religion held us back from advancing intellectually.

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  34. well it goes on 2 ways. Yes there are numerous examples from it but on the other hand religion gave us some bases and a "moral" code to follow.. if at this point it is holding us back? I don't think so..

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