Human Nature And Human Diversity

2568 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 11 Pages
Ashley Yun Mei Martinelli
Professor Cherie Braden
Human Nature and Human Diversity
Section 06
23 April 2015
The Religion Debate: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs? In Richard Dawkins’ The Root of All Evil, Dawkins argues that religion dismisses scientific truth, and he also explains the detrimental affect that religion has on the individual and society as a whole. To sum up his argument, Dawkins says that religion discourages independent thought and ideas, religion is in direct opposition with science and is a set-back in progress, and religion is a dangerous utility in the hands of influential fundamentalist groups and extremists. (The Root of All Evil- The God Delusion) Additionally, many other critical thinkers such as Sam Harris, Stephen Jay Gould, and Christopher Hitchens support and contribute to Dawkins’ ideas. Dawkins has made a clear and convincing case that religion truly does more harm than good, and the costs of religion greatly outweigh the benefits. Dawkins makes his first proclamation that faith and science cannot co-exist. He states that science uses evidence and factual support to reach conclusions while religion turns widely accepted beliefs into consented truth. Simply put; religion does not call for factual truth. (Why Religion Must End: Interview with Sam Harris) Dawkins gives the example of The Assumption of Mary. The Bible gives no tangible evidence of Mary’s death, but nearly centuries following, the belief that her body did not physically die and…

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