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Religon & Extremism - philosophers such as AC Grayling, criticize religions by suggesting that it is outdated and that the society is due for a change. This change would require placing religion in private domain, leaving the public domain free of religio

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Religion and Extremism Due Date: March 24, 2009 One would agree that before religion was presented, life was much different than it is today. If one studies history, it could be concluded that people were much barbarous than they are today. Currently, religion account to 86% of the world's population.1 The existence of religion for many centuries, has shaped mankind. One could claim that religions have changed the society. They have taught one the way of life and have injected it with beliefs, morals, ethics and laws. However, philosophers such as AC Grayling, criticize religions by suggesting that it is outdated and that the society is due for a change. This change would require placing religion in private domain, leaving the public domain free of religions. Needless to say, he firmly believes that faith-based schools should be unwelcomed in the society.2 To agree with AC Grayling would be to ignore all the goodness associated within the religions and faith-based schools. ...read more.


Similarly, religion does not teach one to blaspheme one another, but it's merely the extremists who do so. Faith-based schools are formed to increase faith of a group of people by means of educating while sharing a common opinion. If one was to step inside a faith-based school , one would realize, among many other teachings, that they teach the very notion of peace, eradicating discrimination and spreading equality among mankind, regardless of faith. For example, Islamic law puts strong emphasis on good attitude, even towards people that insult and discriminate. Such attitude is considered to be a important part of their faith. "The most perfect in faith of the believers are those who are in their best attitude towards others."5 Similar teachings of respect and kindness are practiced in all other religions as well. Murray points out "denominational education is concentred with public morality, human rights and social peace. It aims at helping religious belief and commitment to promote the common good for all".6 For example, they teach one to spread peace, to be gentle with earth and its resources, keeping in mind that others share it as well. ...read more.


Thus, Grayling's reasoning for keeping religion in private sphere falls weak because his arguments are surrounded by extremism, which are not teachings of any religion. Also, in claiming that society needs to secularise, he should give it a second thought. Mainly because it seems as if he does not realize that 86% of the world believes in religion and that replacing secularism with religion will present great problems.8 Thus, the solution would be to protect the religion and its believers from extremists by every means necessary. This is possible if the society and religious believers work together. Moreover, in dispelling extremism, we would also disseminate the discriminative eye, which has blinded people with hatred towards religions. Word Count: 960 1 "Major religious groups." Wikipedia. 25 Mar 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups>. 2 Grayling, The Secular and the Sacred, p. 1 3 Murray, Religious Education, p. 1 4 "Major religious groups." Wikipedia. 25 Mar 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups>. 5 Al-Hashimi, Muhammad. The Ideal Muslim. 4th. Riyad: International Islamic Publishing House, 2005. 6 Murray, Religious Education, p. 1 7 Murray, Religious Education, p. 1 8 "Major religious groups." Wikipedia. 25 Mar 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups>. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 | Page ...read more.

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