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The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion

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In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, '€œMen never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.'€ Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?

For The Motion
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
God Is Not Great:

Imagine, sang John Lennon, a world with no religion. Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no Crusades, no witch-hunts, no Gunpowder Plot, no Kashmir dispute, no Indo/Pakistan partition, no Israel/Palestine wars, no Serb/Croat/Muslim massacres, no Northern Ireland “troubles.”

Monday, April 10, 2006
Richard Dawkins

The fundamental problem with religion is that it is built, to a remarkable degree, upon lies.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Social scientific research concerning the identities, values, and behaviors of people who don’t believe in God or are non-religious, and addresses the ways in which atheism and secularity are positively correlated with societal well-being.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Phil Zuckerman

Earlier this year, Andrew Zak Williams asked public figures why they believe in God. Now it’s the turn of the atheists – from A C Grayling to P Z Myers – to explain why they don’t.

Monday, July 25, 2011
Andrew Zak Williams
Against The Motion

To regret religion is to regret Western civilization.

Monday, October 29, 2007
Theodore Dalrymple

Theodore Dalrymple, an atheist, argues belief in God makes you a better person, both morally and practically.

Monday, April 21, 2003
Theodore Dalrymple

An impartial examination of the facts will lead any objective observer to the conclusion that religion, and Christianity in particular, has been and continues to be an overwhelming force for personal and social good.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Father Thomas Williams

Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins to respond independently to the question "Where does evolution leave God?"

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Karen Armstrong & Richard Dawkins

As a believer, Collins sees DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God's language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God's plan.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Francis Collins

It's not so much about this doctrine or that, Mass or the Lord's Supper or even Ramadan or Yom Kippur. It's about purpose, meaning and whether I ought to get out of bed in the morning.

Sunday, August 8, 2010
Oliver Thomas

In our increasingly secular society, many religious people feel their voices are not heard. So here, leading public figures and scientists explain their faith to Andrew Zak Williams.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Andrew Zak Williams
Religion and War

Are religion and religious differences to blame for war and conflict? Many war leaders have claimed to have God on their side, but should religion get the blame? A "War Audit" commissioned for the BBC program "What the World Thinks of God" investigates the links between war and religion through the ages. It was carried out by researchers at the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Greg Austin

While morals may not have come exclusively from religious precepts, it might be hasty to say that religion has nothing to do with our moral code.

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Frans De Waahl

Mark Oppenheimer and Sam Harris debate whether religion is a force for good for the Economist.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Economist October 5
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Religion: A Force for Good?Transcript Munk Debate/BBC

This survey details statistics on religion in America and explores the shifts taking place in the U.S. religious landscape. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans age 18 and older, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey finds that religious affiliation in the U.S. is both very diverse and extremely fluid.

Friday, February 1, 2008
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Gallup surveys confirm a downward drift in religious identity among Americans, as well as a slight increase in the number of Americans who view religion as old-fashioned and out of date.

Friday, May 21, 2010
Frank Newport