First I would like to thank Curiousrb for this debate, and to the mods, and anyone that reads and supports this forum, a big thank you as well.
The topic of this debate is : Religion has had a positive impact on earth and has provided new ways of thinking and important morals
As the old saying goes " everyone needs something to believe in".
I am going to try and show how religion has been a benefit to mankind in the above ways,
What i am not going to do is, try and prove or disprove the existence of a higher power or that one religion is better than another.
Religion is defined as
1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency
or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist
3. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
One of the first benefits of following a religion I would like to bring up is the health benefits, most religions have a "higher power" at the core
of the religion, with that higher power having the power to cure, heal, improve wellness to some degree..
simply "having faith" that a higher power can improve you health, regardless of the truth..this can be thru a placebo effect..
In religious healing by the natural route, the placebo effect could account for some and perhaps all of the healing observed. Faith and prayer may
produce positive expectancies, and religious ritual may be a powerful source of psychological conditioning. So long as one believes that the human
mind is part of the natural world, molded by the same creator who is responsible for any other healing modality, it seems logical that one would seek
to harness the powers of the mind as part of whatever healing occurs. On this understanding the placebo effect becomes simply one means by which faith
Simply put, having faith in your religion, can provide positive effects to the well being of your person, regardless of the factual basis of your
There is a second aspect of Religion and health I would like to bring up, World wide Religious groups in many areas, have provided hospitals and
medical care for the area. Providing areas with medical care that may not recieve it otherwise..thus benefiting the people of the earth.
Next I would like to move on to the new ways of thinking religion has provided us with.
Such as education, In several parts of the world, in the past, education was carried out by the religious group of that area..for example
Since, in many places, the institutionalization of religious life preceded that of education, religious institutions contributed to the
development of educational systems. In the West, the church spawned the early schools. In Thailand I understand that education was carried out in
parents had the job of teaching the children, all they needed to know, as time passed and religions grew. that became the basis of more formal
to me one of the most beneficial new ways of thinking that religion has brought us, is regarding rituals and practices regarding death..
almost all cultures have some sort of ritual, regarding a body after death.
Imagine early man, fellow man dies and procedes to stink up the camp site or cave.. this a health issue that needed to be dealt with..enter religion
and spirtual understanding..
Even prior to the advent of recorded history, scientists have been able to discern the use of death rituals and sacred funerary practices dating
as far back as the Paleolithic Era. Using the archaeological record of artifacts found at ancient burial sites, it is clear that Neanderthals and
similar groups carefully arranged the position and appearance of dead bodies, often bedecking the burial site with both utilitarian and decorative
items, including beads, preserved foods, weaponry, and other related supplies for daily living.
having a ritual or practice dealt with as basic problem, stinky unhealthy bodies...be it burial, cremation, etc..regardless of the religion, something
was being one, even without the understanding of the health reasons.
The third and final point I wish to bring up is the moral issue.
One of the basic background of all religions is a system of actions, or laws, rules etc. that provide the practioner a guidebook to live by. such as
"thou shalt not kill", "renouncing the fruits of your labors", "follow the straight path" .
As man came to live with each other in larger groups, a set of rules were needed to insure a more stable system of living. by following the morals set
forth in your religion, you could be held to a higher standard at the risk of some sort of failing in your belief, be it punishment by your higher
powers, in this life or the next.
These basic rules have still have a holding today on everyone, such as when in court, swearing a oath to tell the truth, etc..
In fact the very threads of society are formed by the morals set forth in early religions. in example most nations law's are based on morals set
forth in religion,as well as civil acts such as marriage.
The fact that religion develops a system of conduct to be followed by its members through its beliefs, traditions, writings and religious laws
shows that it indeed it influences the conduct of society. As result, it influences that conduct of individual members in society be cause they draw
thier valuefrom the society’s standards. This is exemplified by states that are religious or partly religious. These states write their laws and
constitutions based on the religious belief of the religious institution regarded as the national faith. This paper highlights how religiosty
influences morality of individuals in society and intends to determine the extent of influence./ex]
Morality is influenced by societal norms and edicts. These norms and edicts are to a great extent established and shaped on the basis of religoius
beliefs and traditions. This happens because religions hold an important place in society that is highly valued in terms of ethics. Individuals in
society, shape their character and act according to societal regulations, laws and norms. As a result, the conduct of individuals can be termed as the
sum total of societal norms and edicts. These norms and edicts are in turn determined by society under the influence of religion. Therefore,
conclusively; the morality of an individual is the product of religious influence. This influence is exerted through the laws and regulations of a
without the moral guide provided by religion, society would turn to chaos..
Thank you and I would like to turn the floor over to Curiousrb.