Religion is just a delusion. Mankind’s attempt to cope with the fear of death. Nothing good has come from it, but almost everything bad in history has. All religion has done was cause pain and misery, slowed down scientific progression, and destroyed the social system of civilizations for thousands of years.
Firstly, these religions caused wars and inhumane actions throughout the course of history. The Inquisition, for example. Roman Catholics burning people who did not believe in “God”. Also, many genocides occurred, as well. Hitler’s Holocaust against Jews, colonization and conquest of the Americas which included the eradication of the native peoples that did not convert to Christianity, and the absurd witch trials. Witches are supernatural creatures, Christian supernatural creatures. The absurd trials just killed people for being accused of witch-craft, even though there was no evidence. The wars and terrorist attacks associated with religious beliefs include the Crusades, where Christians and Muslims fought over the “holy land”, the Thirty Years War (Roman Catholicism against Calvinism), and the Jewish-Roman Wars. In modern day, religious wrong-doings still go on. Terrorism, caused by Islamic people who want to enforce a system of belief, viewpoint, or opinion onto the rest of the world. 9/11 and the Taliban are perfect examples of religious terrorism.
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Christianity is the cause of the scientific regression of the Dark Ages. The church persecuted many scientists and great thinkers for trying to prove the teachings of God wrong. Galileo, for example, knew the Earth revolved around the Sun. But the church arrested him, as they wanted people to believe that the Earth is the center of the universe. All discoveries or scientific learning that contradicted the bible was suppressed. Non-Christians like the classical Greeks knew that the Earth was indeed round, but the bible’s mentioning of the “four corners of the Earth” made the church it was square and flat.
And finally, the social class system in most civilizations was ruined because of religious teachings. It clearly states in the Bible;
1 Corinthians, Chapter 4:
“…women should remain silent in the churches…must be in submission, as the Law says. …for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”
There are many more sexist rules regarding women throughout the bible. This has lead to women being looked down upon. It even influenced our Constitution, not allowing the women he right to do, well, anything until the early 20th century. There is also talk about slavery and it apparently being okay.
Genesis; Chapter 17, verse 12:
“…he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger…must needs be circumcised.”
Exodus; Chapter 12, verse 43:
“Any slave you bought may eat of i after you have circumcised him.”
These teachings influenced many countries, including the United States, that slavery is okay. Everyone knows how bad slavery was in the States. If it weren’t for these teachings, it wouldn’t have taken humanity so long to figure out that slavery and the oppression of women is wrong. This is clearly an example of religion’s social wrongdoing.
I can keep listing faults of religion but I believe I should stop there. The wars and genocides, scientific regression and social discrimination are the atrocities against humanity that religion caused.