What are the positive and negative effects pf religion?
One of those huge questions!
Here are some ideas to start you off-
Postive effects could be that it brings people together, gives them a community for supporting each other, focuses their attention on God. It provides a moral framework, comfort for those in need, the promise of an afterlife... and so on.
Negative effects are that the different religions can be seen to inspire conflict in the world, some might say that they focus people too much on religious things rather than on day to day things (so you lose the plot basically!).
Do others have any other ideas?
all religions unite and set aside thier differences to change the world from this
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Interesting idea... can you think why some religious people might think that this idea wouldn't work?
Firstly, great question!
the postive effects of religion is that it brings people together in a community, allows people to share a common goal of the relifion, makes them feel united, gives them something to believe in, provides meaning to life, explain any questions they may have, allows people to believe in something greater than themselves and lets people come together to worship one God
the negative effects of religion are that it creates conflict, people disagree on issues, it creates discrimination and prejudice between people and it means that generally people cannot see beyond certain factors in other people.:(:lol:
There are some terrible negative effects listed there. Why do you think religious people believe that it's still a good thing to follow a religious way of life?
In third world countries such as Brazil, India, Africa etc. religion is very important as from religion they can make 'sense' of life. Religion answers: Who they are? What is their purpose of life? What is life and death? and many other question. In this countries science has not arrived thus religion answers all of these questions.
Other people follow religions (i.e. Buddisum) as they believe in their way of life. By this I mean although they do believe science, big bang, evolution etc. they also want to be vegetarians or do not want to have alcohol or do not want to gamble etc. So religion can be like a border line where the follower must not cross if they do so they will be punished in the going to hell in Christinaty and Jewism or having a bad karma in Hindisum and Buddisum.
But mostly religion brings people together for example, Chrismas or Diwali or any other festivals can be like an excuse where family meet (after long time), have fun and share memories as well as thinking and praying to God. Similarly it bring people in a community together.
Yes, I am agree with your comment. All those mentioned countries in you response religion is important for them.
I think the only negative effect is that because we have different kind of religion, people won't understand due to different insights about religion.
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