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Where do organized religions go wrong?

I identify with the idea that humans are built to transcend themselves to contribute to the group as a whole. Organized religion is a bridge that allows those who have similar values and morals to come together and to help others grow. But how would we explain things like the crusades or the Spanish inquisition in this context?

Does the transcendence that a group experiences fall apart at an individual level then rebuild itself into a mutated version of the original? or does some other process occur that twists the collective masses into behavior that is clearly against the original purpose of the group?

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    Jan 12 2013: About the question: your premise is that religions went wrong. As a whole, it didn't go wrong.

    Religions are in fact "social control frameworks". They mainly exist to lead mankind in a certain direction and to provide a sense of belonging. It's a necessity to avoid social chaos. Some clever but unethical people used it to gain power and wealth. The religions itself did not go wrong: The religious leaders did.

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