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Does religion have any relevance in the modern world ?

Given that most religions are founded on ideas and teachings that come from books written hundreds, or even thousands of years ago, and that their relevance to modern ideas have been superceded by scientific discoveries, is it logical to have any belief in religion ?


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    Apr 28 2012: Wow Peter !!! Awesome question,
    Anyway let me tell you my opinion , Well to be honest the answer is an yes as well as no . Religion is just a way of realizing god within us . The ultimate goal of any religion is peace and harmony so any religion should take you to that ultimate goal .
    Moreover , scientific discoveries and religion go hand in hand , for example the Hindu culture, which I follow , the Sanskrit hymns create a sense of positive vibration within our body and bring peace to our mind . Sixth Sense and subconscious mind does exist . Yoga or MudraYoga has done miracles to people . Even the best scientists in the world believe in the existence of god . Hope I have not confused you too much . :)

    Email me : bharath.6489@gmail.com

    • Apr 28 2012: If the best scientists in the world believe in god then they are not the best scientists in the world. Either you believe in science - or religion; you cannot believe in both. Here's a quote about religion from Desmond Morris, who's views agree with mine - "Like any good scientist I keep an open mind. But the concept of an omnipotent deity is so fatuous that even my open scientific mind finds it hard to take it seriously. It belongs with ghosts and gremlins and hobgoblins and things that go bump in the night. Something to frighten naughty children with- and a wonderful way for cunning holy men to exploit the gullible and the feeble-minded."
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        Apr 28 2012: "Either you believe in science - or religion; you cannot believe in both"

        Are you sure?
        • Apr 28 2012: Well, no one believes in science, it is about reason and logic - not belief.
          Semantics aside, I agree with Peter - almost. We can have faith and reason, we would not be human without both. However religion precludes reason. Religion is to faith as alchemy is to science. Faith has evolved beyond religion for many, and those who prefer to be left behind searching for their Gold amongst the Lead will miss out on a greater opportunity.
        • Apr 29 2012: As sure as anyone can be - yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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        Apr 28 2012: @ Enrico Petrucco

        What I have discovered from being around TED is that to some science is a religion......a belief system. And yes, I believe faith has evolved beyond religion.....so has spirituality.

        I guess what I find helps me is the Bible itself. Here's what I believe:

        The Bible contains various statements for which independent physical evidence is lacking. For example, what it says about an invisible realm inhabited by spirit creatures cannot be proved—or disproved—scientifically. Do such unprovable references necessarily put the Bible at odds with science?

        This was the question facing a planetary geologist who began to study the Bible some years ago.

        “I must admit that accepting the Bible was difficult for me at first because I could not prove some Bible statements scientifically,” he recalls.

        This sincere man continued studying the Bible and eventually became convinced that the available evidence demonstrates that it is God’s Word.

        “This lessened the yearning to have every Bible fact proved independently,” he explains.

        “A person with a scientific inclination must be willing to examine the Bible from a spiritual standpoint, or he will never accept the truth.

        Science cannot be expected to substantiate every statement in the Bible. But just because certain statements are unprovable, that does not mean that they are untrue.

        The important thing is that wherever provable the Bible’s accuracy is verified.”

        Thank you for your reply to my comment. I appreciated your words.
        • Apr 29 2012: Trying to be kind, may be I should have elaborated further in the first instance:
          Faith is changeable and can be reckoned among reason and vice versa.
          Religion usually does not satisfy that argument: there is usually a text (or set of texts) which pretend to arbitrarily determine 'the truth'.
          Once someone decides to change a religion, the result is a new religion. How many types of Christianity/Catholicism have to appear before those in the related religions realise that the institution is past it's time? I argue: let your faith evolve, don't believe what others preach, otherwise one may never learn some of the most fundamentally rewarding things about life and may be stuck in a trap.
          By faith - it does not have to be restricted to a spiritual sense, and i am aware of the paradox in the argument :)

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