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Scott Knightly

Undergraduate Student, St.Francis Xavier University

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In today's technologically run world, what is the new role of religion?

Since the past generation of the baby boomers took control of society, science and technology have risen. In this shift, society went from a religious centered society to a technology centered one. Now this shift was part of a much larger change in the way humans think which has been going on for many tens of hundreds of years. From the polytheist Greeks to the monotheistic Islamic people, the shift in religion has been something that took thousands of years to develop to what it is today. So the question I pose is "What, now, is religion's role?" and/or "Is that the role it is meant to play?" Now I am not saying that Science or Religion are correct, I am only asking what purpose it now serves society after falling as a community creator, and a spiritual binder. Where does it fall today and is it useful to us?


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    Oct 27 2012: Thank-you for your opinion Peter, I am pleased you brought it up. It would seem that 75-80% of the people on the conversation believe that science and religion need to work together and you have taken up a position which shows this. I must say that this theory is something that I have looked at and I believe is plausible as it is logical (regardless of what some people might say). People are too focused on the idea that the answers lie with EITHER science or religion and it would be impossible for both to hold merit. Indeed, in a topic where facts are sparse, opinions are really all we have to work with.

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