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Jordan Miller

Network Marketing Professional, RevvNRG

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What is the role of religion in society?

is it just an institution? does it play an key role in creating communities? is it really the kingdom of God on earth or is it a social club?

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  • Feb 24 2011: I think overall religion has a positive effect on society, for those who use the church simply as a "social club" which generates a community spirit and brings people together, to those perhaps more devout who try to live a "good life" by helping others, showing compassion, peace etc. I think the important thing to remember is the conflict and violence caused by religious extremism is by far outweighed by the good which comes about through the majority of ordinary religious people. This is happening all around us all of the time. Of course good news doesn't sell so this is rarely publicised.
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    Feb 24 2011: Everyone is free to believe in what they want. In my opinion religion is the most profitable and successful business in the world. It controls and enslaves our minds.
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    Feb 23 2011: in my opinion the religion has a lot of roles in society , it all depends from what perspective we look at it , for example it is a strong mean of manipulation , but it is also and a spiritual energy .
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    Feb 23 2011: To reassure people that everything is going to be okay.
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    Mar 11 2011: in my opinion the religion isn't at all the kingdom of God on the earth(even tough I agree with some consevative religious views)
  • Feb 28 2011: It's an evil thing that goes back further than you or I wil ever remember!! IT has started so many wars through the years, just go back and look at history and see what religion has wrought on this earth for it's own sake, and just how many have lost their lives following it and fighting for it. The middle east is a bed for the next big War to start and it will be over religion!
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      Feb 28 2011: is religion the cause or the excuse to go to war?
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        Mar 1 2011: the religion could be used as a excuse to go to war (especially for uneducated people )
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    Feb 22 2011: It can be all of these things to different people (very unlikely to be the kingdom of God on earth if you ask me). I think the real question is, does it play an overall positive role in today's societies? I have serious reservations about that.
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    Feb 22 2011: I think the answer depends on whom you ask.
    From my point of view religion is just one aspect of culture. Obviously, communities are created around religion. For some people (actually I know quiet a number of them) going to church is more for the purpose of a social gathering than worshiping some deity.
    Obviously, religious people will strongly disagree with my stance ;-)
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      Feb 28 2011: perhaps you and I know many of the same people. I tend to believe thats standard.