Any of us brought up unwillingly in a religious environment has always had to square our contempt for the church with its 'good works.' Doesn't this redeem its bad works, and don't these good works offset the ridiculous but well intentioned mythology? Since this is a decidedly and demonstrably positive characteristic of religion, shouldn't atheists recognize this positive aspect of religion?

 

I utterly disagree, and I'll share my argument with the first respondent to this post.

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Comment by Andy Hoke on March 18, 2014 at 3:40pm

Gallup, while we're on the subject of medicine, what do you think about religion as a cultural placebo? You are furnished something actually inert, but you are told you are getting something that will heal you, and your own mind does the rest.

Some physicians will argue that the placebo is not only good for research but also in treatment. Perhaps in this way the church actually does good.

Thoughts on religion as placebo?

 

Comment by Unseen on March 18, 2014 at 4:32pm

@Gallup's Mirror - The (name the sect) Church is, in one sense, the people who belong to it, and in that sense the good they do is attributable to The Church, if not the religion.

Comment by Andy Hoke on March 18, 2014 at 5:35pm

GM - good information, thank you.

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