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Religion, in general, is a net positive

NewViewNews · religion · prompt · 11/01/2020

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Nearly 85% of people identify with a religion. Religion has been a catalyst for some of the most significant political and social events and time periods in history, and it continues to play a major role in all aspects of life today. Some nations, such as the Catholic Vatican City and the Islamic Iran, remain theocracies today while many more are at least religious states. Both globally and in the United States, Christianity is the most popular religion.

It is possible that there are many positive and negative aspects to religion as a whole. Trying to list a summarized version here would be an impossible task to do for a topic that has existed since prehistoric times. What should be obvious, however, is that religion has been a significant factor of the human experience for quite some time. For the Religion section’s NewViewNovember prompt, we ask you to respond to the following statement:

Religion, in general, is a net positive.

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Further reading for this prompt can be found in the sources section.

Sources

Psychology Today: Is Religion Good or Bad For Us?: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/supersurvivors/201809/is-religion-good-or-bad-us

Psychology Today: Why Sometimes Religion Should Be Criticized: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201302/why-sometimes-religion-should-be-criticized

Pew Research: The Global God Divide: https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/07/20/the-global-god-divide/

Forbes: Science Says: Religion Is Good For Your Health:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2019/03/29/science-says-religion-is-good-for-your-health/?sh=351afcd53a12

NatGeo: In Age Of Science, Is Religion ‘Harmful Superstition’?: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/05/150531-religion-science-faith-healing-atheism-people-ngbooktalk/

Pew Research: Religion in Everyday Life: https://www.pewforum.org/2016/04/12/religion-in-everyday-life/

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