Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?
By Bertrand Russell My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race. I cannot, however, deny that it has made some contributions to civilization. The word religion is used nowadays in a very loose sense. What is true of Christianity is equally true of Buddhism. There is nothing accidental about this difference between a church and its founder. Christianity and Sex The worst feature of the Christian religion, however, is its attitude toward sex -- an attitude so morbid and so unnatural that it can be understood only when taken in relation to the sickness of the civilized world at the time the Roman Empire was decaying. The conception of Sin which is bound up with Christian ethics is one that does an extraordinary amount of harm, since it affords people an outlet for their sadism which they believe to be legitimate, and even noble.
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Science: From the Womb of Religion "Long before the 1960s progress became increasingly identified with an enterprise, science, looked upon in many quarters as incompatible with religion...If intellectual honesty, usually taken for a fruit of scientific method, is to be had only through Christian love, science and religion should not seem far removed from one another. In fact science is as closely related to religion, and especially to Christian religion, as a child is to the womb out of which it came forth and with full vitality.
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A parallel report for Canada is located elsewhere Summary: During the 20th century prior to 1990, the popularity of Christianity had been stable in the U.S. The former-Christians do not seem to have joined new religious movements (NRMs) or other world religions; they mostly left organized religion entirely and became secularists, or "spiritual but not religious" or simply unaffiliated.