It even seems as if the government established Church isn't completely rooted in Christianity, as the author weakly suggests that, "[A]bolishing Christianity may perhaps bring the church into danger." The ways that the government actually uses Christianity are completely selfish. One such purpose is the consolation of allies, "among whom, for we ought to know, it may be the custom of the country to believe a God." He later goes on to suggest the abolition of Christianity in peace-time in order to avoid the loss of allies. It also seems as if the government uses Christianity to pacify the commoners.
Pope contends that atheism has caused just as much harm, if not more, than religion. He claims “evildoing has been pursued under the guise of religion, but the same can be said of science” (Only Religion Can Teach Morality and Ethics). He goes on to cite, “facetiously”, the Nazis being “intelligently organized”. Contrarily, Kurtz argues religion is the cause of “basic human rights violations” (Atheism Teaches Morality and Ethics). Kurtz proceeds with arguing the point, “some conservative religious moralists seek to enact a constitutional amendment that would prohibit [same-sex marriage].” He also claims “The religious want to censor science”.
In Nietzsche’s eyes religion was the ultimate con on the human race. A few weak men’s ideas spawned a worldwide movement to suppress the strong and noble. This movement will hinder the innate instinct to gain power and be the strongest util man realizes he controls his fate and religion is a fantasy.
If we didn't have religions, people could no longer get caught up in the fine lines of religious rightousness or be trapped in a double-standard morality. And most importantly, we would be truly free of religious engendered guilt that never quite goes away. In America, people are less tolerant than before and words like Jew, Muslim, and Christian set us off and make us mad because we connect these labels with violence and war. We are planning to attack the "axis of evil" and in giving Iraq this label, we assume a moral duty on our part and the devil on theirs. There is no simple answer to the problems in the Middle East which are daily getting more and more out of control.
The whole concept would sound foolish to Nietzsche, in spite of the fact that he recognized asceticism in religion already. Nietzsche believe that those who lived ascetic lives were “surrounded by such a lavish growth of nonsense and superstition” (Nietzsche, Good and Evil, 60) and thus were absurd and achieved nothing. William James believed that asceticism was based in the “general good intention” (James, Varieties, 384) and that it could eliminate evil in the world. James believed that asceticism was over-all useless, but understood it as a way for religious people to eliminate the negativity in their lives. James would have understood Father Lazarus’ ascetic life just the same way.
The faith to overcome the challenges of temptation is a religious belief that sins are a manifestation of the devils ability to coerce you into the wrong path, sending yourself to him, rather than to god. This belief generally is not followed strictly simply because man has decided not to because we are mortal and what point would we have these thing if the religion people follow cause you to lead a less fulfilling life. Religious people argue that faith creates a fulfilling life, yet there are so many thing that a single person could complete before their time comes. The progression of Christianity and Pagan beliefs within Beowulf are contradictory of modern belief
Since science’s impact rises, unproven hypotheses are propagated more easily. This is perilous, because the teaching of evolution gets many students on the wrong track and destroys their religious faith. Charles Darwin himself acts as a striking example: “We have the effect of evolution upon its most distinguished exponent; it led [Darwin] from an orthodox Christian, believing every word of the Bible and in a-personal God, down and down […] to helpless and hopeless agnosticism.” Evolution rejects any God-performed miracles for they are inconsi... ... middle of paper ... ...ot teach brotherly love,” God’s teachings alone “can solve the problems that vex the heart and perplex the world.” Science disheartens people to follow the pursuit of improvement and therefore endangers morality. It is obvious that Bryan would have never agreed with Michael Shermer. Science and morality are conflicting and detractive (detracting?
They have problems realizing that there is more to the world than what their ego narrows them down to. However, after the conquerors and criminals (or in this case, the Roman Emperors) do their misdeeds and leave the stage, like a tide sweeping the carnage comes the feeling of magic and mystery. And that spot is, according to Wilson, claimed by Christianity, which represents to him that philosophical enchantment of creation. It spread quickly because it began as a reaction against Roman materialism, which is a statement that requires belief in people wanting something other than superficial in their lives. Wilson says that nothing coming out of Roman culture should be of any interest to an imaginative man/woman.
Lukyan Judassan explains the creation of the religion as a way unify the society in beliefs that to appeal to their certain community. As Har Veris begins to lose his faith his search for the truth only intensifies. He exposes the religion to the people and realizes that he himself is a liar by preaching what he no longer believes. A truly powerful quote from the book when the religion is exposed to be fake is, “But freedom is cold and empty and frightening, and lies can often be warm and beautiful.” (Martin
As well it would be safer for the church and state to be separate because it can lead to fights. For example, everyone who has pride in their religion would fight for it to be represented in their government. Last, it protects people making its safer like “today, the wall of separation between church and state is probably the best way to ensure religious freedom in the U.S., protecting both secular and religious worlds. As well, during my research I found out the bible says “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's,"(Matthew 22:21). After reading the whole story in the bible you see that people where trying to trick Jesus.