"The taming and domestication of religion is one of the unceasing chores of civilization. " Christopher Hitchens
Do you agree? Or do you think that without religion, man is "lost", either literally in an afterlife, or metaphorically, in the 'here and now"? One truly believes in "God" as a personal being, while the other is a more "socialized" undestanding. Is the socialized understanding against what our Enlightened Founders understood to be the basis of our liberty?
Does it take religion to get man to "behave himself"? Or is man made to develop morally speaking? And how is that to be accomplished? Is such "moral development" an innate nature, or is it something that is culturally defined and determined?
Is man only a blank slate that society and his environment "form"? and what and how does individual experience "form" or correlate to society's impact?
Does man's environment impact him physically, or does his physical pre-disposition impact his "understanding"? Science has determined that liberal and conservative bents are innate/genetic or pre-determined...How much is pre-determined by our genes...and how is this pre-determination influenced/impacted by one's environment...and how?
These are questions that science is studying, and bringing in new results and information that will impact the future of our understanding of religion... amd society at large! We must stay informed...
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