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What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Jun 23, 2011. 17 Replies

We (atheists & agnostics) spend much of our time refuting religion. We sometimes become defensive in our stance that reason and logic should prevail above all else (and rightly so). But has there…Continue

 

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matt.clerke replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"In the words of Richard Dawkins, who, when was posed this question stood at the podium and clearly said:   "no!""
Jun 23, 2011
mvitaminx replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"Would you explain what is meant by happiness?   Also,  your response has me recommend reading or listening to The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris. If at some point this happens, I would be curious to see your thoughts about the content and…"
Feb 12, 2011
Kelly Baker replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"Happiness is the goal of life, and religion can make some people happy.  That's pretty much it, aside from the whole "you don't know, it could be true" bit.  The happiness argument is actually what kept me a…"
Feb 12, 2011
Be Rational replied to Aaron A's discussion 'IS there a good argument for religion???'
""...God is a kind of cultural "social seed" within the brain/mind of the believer and works more like Music or ideas or like political ideologies than religious tradition alone."   Very well said. It's an idea that…"
Feb 7, 2011
Be Rational replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"Thanks. It was a good thread."
Feb 7, 2011
Aaron A replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
Feb 7, 2011
Gregor Basić replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"Loss of identity in countries that were former colonies makes people ask themselves what it means to be Australian, American, Nigerian or South African. Religion gives them structure, a reason to get together, gives them tradition and…"
Feb 3, 2011
Bryan B replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"even I would love to see the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's cathedral. A tour of the vatican would be very cool too (if I get really lucky I might be able to kick some papal ass lol )"
Feb 2, 2011
Jaume replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"Religious art: music, painting, architecture, etc. One does not have to be a believer to appreciate the works."
Feb 2, 2011
kelltrill replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"One of the arguments for religion I always battle to refute is the position that the uneducated, below-the-breadline masses need something to keep them in check. Also, the comment, "People will always find something to war about so there's…"
Feb 2, 2011
Albert Bakker replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"I listened to Dennett the other day on "Big Ideas" making some good points about that. When our government (I'm talking about Holland) once in a while thinks it must make a public display of it's decisiveness and kick refugees,…"
Feb 2, 2011
Alex replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"I have yet to hear a good argument for any particular religion. The best argument for a god, in my opinion, is the fine-tuned argument. However, this argument is very unconvincing and doesn't lead to any certain conclusions or proof of a god."
Feb 2, 2011
Bryan B replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"There are some psychological benefits and in early civilization it was our only way of dealing with things we didn't understand but, obviously, this is no longer the case.  Even if it does have some benefits it has, at the very least,…"
Feb 1, 2011
mvitaminx replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"The only way I can make sense of your question is simply to quote Neil Tyson.   Neil deGrasse Tyson - Called by the Universe (begins around 18:53) Transcript Tyson: The goal here is not to make everybody a scientist. That’s not the goal.…"
Feb 1, 2011
Doug Reardon replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"Nope, not one, not any!"
Feb 1, 2011
luvtheheaven replied to Be Rational's discussion 'What is the best argument you ever heard FOR religion?'
"I do think we have a natural desire to live on after our death's, but I think nowadays we have good secular ways of thinking of our own metaphorically living on - through the children we raise, difference we make in the world, people who's…"
Feb 1, 2011

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