Does religion hold back the advancement of the human race?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes, religion is a lie formed around a myth.

    The only thing that exists is the truth.

    It separates those that know from those that don`t, so the masses stagnate, or as has recently been seen in a certain western culture, actually lose knowledge. Whilst their leaders carve out rich estates from the stony edifice of their obedient flocks intellectual decline.

  • 1 decade ago

    no, it does if taken fundamentally, but religion for most people acts independently of science and so doesn't interfere.

    In the past it was the only path to an education, so many of the great early scientific thinkers like Roger Bacon were religiously educated. From an artistic point of view the Renaissance was partly funded by the Catholic church, plus all the great cathedrals that still remain our most inspiring architecture and of course the music like Verdi's Requiem.

    So though fundies with their narrow perspective of life can by damaging to progress, religion in the past though trying to describe the divine has often shown us what it is to be human.

  • Leela
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Human advancement is held back by greed and selfishness which comes from lack of love.

    When religions become either fanatical, or dry dead rituals, then yes they hold things back.

    But a living, deep enlightenment. Which enables us to be purified and to purify others and thus corrects us collectively...is the only thing which will save human kind. The final spiritual step in human evolution.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hmm very interesting question but in what way do you mean? and if that were true how have people advanced to the stage they have, how do we know for sure theres more and what is the rate of advancement we are suppose to be following? you know what i mean? religion contributes to war but i dont think there can be a world of pure love without shared thoughts and morals. Possibly one religion which would discourage individualism which in my opinion is a step backwards

    Source(s): People should have the right and freedom to believe what they want
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Do you think the United States would have ever gotten astronauts to the moon if Mullahs were deciding whether Allah approved of this research or that? Islamic science basically halted in the 15th century. As long as the Roman Church controlled Europe, science was actively suppressed. Truth is always the enemy of deceit and no religion can withstand the light of scientific inquiry and the clerics all know it. All human progress has been made by those willing to look where the shamans say the gods forbid us to look.

    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! The great and powerful Oz has spoken!"

  • nellie
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    In some ways yes. Just look at some of the comments on here "It's not child abuse, it's god's will" ect. Some religious people take it too far and ignore science, growth, evolution (in mind and body) so yes it does. But then it helped us to wonder and ask important questions, which led onto real discoveries. So in a way no. Nothing is ever just one thing.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Absolutely. Think of all of the advancement in science that was curtailed by burning Bruno at the stake and placing Galileo under house arrest. How about holding back medical research by forbidding medical researchers from dissecting dead bodies or using embryonic stem cells. Religion is anti-science.

  • 1 decade ago

    Religion is a man made organization. So the true answer is humans are holding back the advancement of humankind.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Depends. Some people use religion to morph their life. Other's use their life to morph religion. Either life or religion will win - and the advancement is based upon which one does.

  • Yes. If ID or Creationism isn't trying to hold back the advancement of science and education, I don't know what is...

    Source(s): Atheist
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