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The hypocrisy of religion

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English Oral. I'm going to talk about the hypocrisy of religion. It's not really possible to define religion, but it is possible to say it involves belief in a magnificent power or divinity, as well as a belief in the after life. The belief usually is involved with 'god'; This God has given humans a moral code to follow, and this moral code requires us to be selfless and to care for each other and the world. If we obey, God will protect our existence: if we do not obey, God will destroy us. This clearly shows people blindness to the truth; that religion is an illusion; it protects people form the truth, and does not let them see the world for what it is; a egotistic place. Religion is a prison for the mind. Religions are dogmatic - they assert information without any proof, and are intolerant as they do not accept other beliefs. ...read more.

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Most children are raised to purposely believe a particular religion and tend not to study other religions; to raise a child by religion is wrong, they should not take part in one until they are old enough to make intelligent decisions on it. Otherwise, it allows the fear to be engraved into belief and the loss of reason. Religion is the corrupter of life, it forges lies of reward or punishment in afterlife, distracting people off what is truly valuable in life. It makes credulity and ignorance virtue. So in conclusion, as an atheist, I think that people who are religious believe in religion because they need hope, and are not aware of the logical, rational and scientific views. Often someone will read their religious book and find it inspiring and uplifting and say "how can anyone not believe in something so beautiful", on the contrary the only find it inspiring merely on the grounds that they believe it already. ...read more.

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Nobody gets a chance to think otherwise. The buffer-people, the ritualist and the nominal believers (i. e. those whose belonging to the religion solely because of their upbringing), are not offered the choice or the proofs. Religion doesn't have them, and militant anti-religious groups are too rude for a general public with a mostly superstitious and religious substrate. We know religion and science are not fully compatible. Science cannot yet answer the fundamental questions that arise in human beings, such as "Why am I here?" and "How must I behave?". It's possible that science will never be able to answer them. Religion doesn't really have the answers either, but it forcefully claims it does, and people feel inclined to believe it, at least while there isn't an alternative. Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions. (Gilbert Keith Chesterton) If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed, and colour, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon. (George D. Aiken) ...read more.

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