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...rked as opium of the masses, essentially helping Rushdie 's argument that religion is harmful and holds us back. Again, with a different overall view on the subject, author Peter J. Wilkinson would effectively complicate Rushdie 's argument. Wilkinson performed a study of his own and, after analyzing the data he collected, found that believers and nonbelievers both experienced psychological benefits because of their strong beliefs when it came to coping with losses. This complicates Rushdie because overall Wilkinson 's article doesn’t help Rushdie 's argument, nor does it hurt his argument either. If there is one thing all these authors would agree on. it would be to be passionate, but open minded. All four of these authors mentioned or related to the fact that any belief is beneficial as long as the individual is not closed-minded to new ideas and world in general.
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