Originally posted by ivanhoe
Religion built the human civilisations, including science.
I don't find this claim surprising or even problematic. The idea of 'God' can be a strong
Consider the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (for a cliché
: only a fool would say that it isn't
a brilliant work of art. Consider Bach's Mass in b
: only a fool would deny its genius.
Relgion has been the inspiration of some of the greatest poetry and literature (e.g., Divine Comedy
or Paradise Lost, respectively). Religion one of stones of the foundation of culture.
I've picked things related to Christianity, but by no means to I mean to suggest that THAT religion
is the sole source of inspiration (they just happen to be the ones that popped into my mind).
At the same time, it one can easily demonstrate that religion has quashed a great deal of
creativity. Without considering all of the lives needlessly lost in the name of religion, one can
easily trace those circumstance in history when creativity was stifled because the fruits of that
creativity were in conflict with religion. As I noted in another thread, Thomas Paine was essentially
run out of America because of his views on religion (views protected by the very government
persecuting him, a government he had in the past defended). Science, especially, bears the brunt
of it, but so too does sociology (XYZ is deemed sociologically unacceptable because 'the Bible
So, I suspect it is a wash. There are many cultural benefits and many liabilities, as I see it.