Religion: a Global Challenge

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Religion

a global challenge

Page 3……………………………………...Introduction
Page 4………………………...Positive sides of religion
Page 4……………………………………Islamic values
Page 5…………………………………….Islamic threat
Page 5…………………………………..Religious deeds
Page 6…………………………………Damages science
Page 6…………………………………Religion and war
Page 7……………………………………….Conclusion
Page 8…………………………………………...Sources

One of the hottest and always heated discussion topics have to do with the position of religion. Many claim that our world would be a both safer and better planet without it, while an even larger fraction of the globes population notoriously thinks the opposite. The supporters of the latter claim are usually and not surprisingly religious themselves, while others choose either one or another and stick to it. There’re many who are not capable of being open and reflected on the matter, and can easily become narrow-minded, unfortunately without the ability to see the issue from both sides. Most religions have the same traits; a place to pray, religious places, holy books and a promise of life after the inevitable death. There’re perhaps as many interpretations of religion as there’re people, but you will find many of the same principles in each religion. Humanism is the only view of life that doesn’t believe nor is insecure whether a god or heaven exists. “Religion is opium for the people”, Karl Marx said. By this he meant that it’s easier to endure a difficult life situation with religion, but at the same time dull it down so we can live with the hopelessness. Marx compared this to a man who sits locked in chains: instead of trying to break loose, he decorates his chains with colours and flowers. It’s not hard to see that all religions have arisen in very male-dominated society and I don’t think that the religions’ contributions to discrimination and oppression of women are a coincidence. Only men are highlighted in the Holy Scriptures and only men complement the leader positions in religions. Women are looked down upon and oppressed. They must cover their bodies when they’re going out, exposed to violence, abused if they don’t obey their husbands and are judged as unclean whenever they have menstruation. The Jewish people believe that they have the right to take the Palestinians land because this is something that God promised the Jews way back in time. They use the Holy Scriptures and religious faith to justify what they do. Religious leaders excuse themselves by claiming that God is on their side, and there are many examples of such incidents from our time and it goes way back. Both believers and non-believers criticize religion, but still, they react quite differently to it. Some just get frustrated and angry while others defend their thoughts with debates. Others will not even discuss at all, but the worst ones respond with violence and threats. Some believers think that there should be a law against violating other’s faith, but luckily, many also have a rather more complex view. Of course, no religious people agree that religion is composed with delusion, but when it comes to criticism of how religion works in society, people say that it’s wise and important to listen, especially when we are talking about people who misuse religion to gain power or to justify violence and oppression. In this in-depth assignment, I will try to look at how religion is a global challenge from a neutral point of view. First of all, I will look at three world religions and see both if they offer elements that make a community better, and if religion is as bad as non-religious people have it. In this case, the three religions that I will “examine” are Christianity, Buddhism and last but definitely not least Islam. The latter because it’s a common topic in today’s Western media, not to mention the last 40-50 years. I chose Christianity because it’s “Norway’s religion”, in which many of us are satisfied with the incorrect thought of how the religion does not...
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