Argument Against Religion

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Since the origin of life on earth the question of religion has always existed. What is religion? The word itself comes to us from the Latin language and means to unite. Religion unites the human mind into one union. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, religion is anything that has a significant importance to a specific person or society. In the case of this definition, anything can be considered as religion and it could also be said that everyone has a religion. This statement could be true since everyone finds something in life to claim as important, for some it is family. All over the world, people have different views of what they believe in, which is why there is a continuous disunity among humanity. With all these beliefs influencing…show more content…
This concept can be investigated further because now it seems that religious people have a violent God since he stands around while his people are suffering, and there are people who do violent things and are not punished for them by their God. From all of this, it is clear then that religion seems to be violent to a person standing on the outside. Anyone could connect the two points which is why it seems to be valid as an argument against religion. The problem is that Maher holds God accountable for the actions of his followers. God being all powerful can prevent people from doing bad things but then the issue of free will comes up. Often times, people find many things to complain about even when there is no problem. How likely would it be for people not to accuse God for not allowing everyone free will? Taking away free will would portray God as a controlling deity. There is no win-win situation. According to Becker, ideals are not always attainable and this could be seen as true through this lens. The comical thing is that Maher does not bring this issue up. He does not want to give off the impression that maybe God did rightly in allowing people to do bad things. It is comical because he himself does not allow people their free will when he constantly tells them how stupid they are for believing in God. This also presents itself as ironic because I’m sure he would be one…show more content…
The points that he presents are very valid and worth considering even to a person who is religious because, what assurance do we have that there is a God? Some people say miracles, the fact that the human body works in miraculous ways and the bible tells them that he exists. At the end of it, there is no concrete evidence to prove anything. The problem that I have with Maher is the way in which he goes about trying to prove his theory of religion. It was not successful because instead of actually wanting to know the truth he is more focussed on making fun of religious folk. Some ways in which he does this is by cutting people short of their explanation and laughing hysterically in their faces and putting sarcastic comments on screen while people are talking belittling their thoughts. For someone like Maher who does not believe in religion, he is also arrogant about it and refuses to see things from other peoples’ perspective. All of this shows that he is biased because nothing they say can change his mind, he believes what he wants to believe and everyone should
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