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    Root of all Evil - Ch4

    Anyone see this programme last night ?

    An Oxford professor's persuasive study in which he concludes the world would be so much better off without religion.
    Good men would continue to do good things while evil people continue to do evil things. But good people would no longer do evil things.
    We all know how much blood has been spilt because of religious conflict throughout history.

    His experience in Colorado with one of the Christian Evangelical missions demonstrated how quickly blind faith turns nasty.

    Christian fundamentalism is on the rise in USA and it is attacking science as well as non Christians, particularly atheists.

    And of course in the middle east fundamentalist Muslims and Judism. All of them suspending their own analytical capabilities; convinced in their own minds that their faith is the true one and all dismissing outright any form of scientific evidence that they are believing in fairy tales.

    And all because they cannot cope with the concept of personal oblivion after death.

    Continues next week I think where he argues why the Christian God is one of the most vindictive of fictional creations.

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    I didn't, but I wanted to (Mrs Tex was watching some tulipe or another and we are a one TV household). I did see Robert Winston's programme a couple of weeks ago though. He is a religious man himself (and interviews Dawkins) but even he was dismayed and left wondering if it was really worth it after meeting Christian fundamentalists in the US.

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    It is a ridiculous supposition. You could argue that anything is the "root of all evil".

    People have countless reasons for doing evil things, their idea of religion being one of many.

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    The American Evangalists were almost as frightening (they did have nice teeth though) as the Islamic fundamentalist born as a jew.

    Quite a reasonable interpretation IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobTheCrate
    Root of all Evil - Ch4
    Continues next week I think where he argues why the Christian God is one of the most vindictive of fictional creations.
    George Monbiot argued in his column Better Off Without Him that the "Christian Virtues" are best represented in godless societies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vetran
    The American Evangalists were almost as frightening (they did have nice teeth though) as the Islamic fundamentalist born as a jew.

    Quite a reasonable interpretation IMHO.
    Out of all the religious groups the catholics came across as fairly benign but a gentle reminder of contreception, Africa and AIDS and a couple of interview with some deranged Irish women soon put right to that.

    I agree, both the Christian fundamentalist (with a mouth like a ripped arsehole) and the "full of rage" mad mullah were exceptionally scary.

    They really sounded like mentally disturbed people.

    Those Christian fundamentalist gatherings\Alpha courses\et al look strikingly similar to one of those ridiculous Amway meetings.
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    Default Development of religion

    How did religion develop into what it is today?

    As far as I understand all religion is based on so called "Earth Worship", pretty much like the beliefs still held by Aboriginals,American Indians and African Bushmen.

    The way I understand it "Gods" where created by generations of personification of the various natural elements eg thunder,fire, the sea etc

    What I dont understand (As I is not a skoh lah) is, if you accept my defination of the origins of religion, is where it changed , especially where and why religion metomorphasized into the most common theistical construct of an single deity.

    If anyone who knows would care to enlighten me, I would appreciate it. Please be as verbose and condescending as possible.

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    I only caught a bit of it, but it was the bit which showed the New York born Jewish guy who is now a fully fledged Muslim. Had to turn it over before my foot went through the screen. The bigotry and hatred from this bloke was somewhat disturbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysan
    How did religion develop into what it is today?

    As far as I understand all religion is based on so called "Earth Worship", pretty much like the beliefs still held by Aboriginals,American Indians and African Bushmen.

    The way I understand it "Gods" where created by generations of personification of the various natural elements eg thunder,fire, the sea etc

    What I dont understand (As I is not a skoh lah) is, if you accept my defination of the origins of religion, is where it changed , especially where and why religion metomorphasized into the most common theistical construct of an single deity.

    If anyone who knows would care to enlighten me, I would appreciate it. Please be as verbose and condescending as possible.
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