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CaptainExplosion said:
Ka-pi96 said:

It didn't exist before mankind touched it though

Or did it?

How would it exist without people to make it up?



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Wiibaron said:
Just imagine how the world would be if 1/2 the people didn't believe that their actions while alive on Earth determine your punishment after you die. Being afraid of eternal punishment helps keep people 'in line' as far as treating others. Not a believer myself, but I am sure glad most do.

Reviewing human history I'm not sure the spectre of after life punishment has been a great deterrent for committing horrific acts.



How would a world without religion even come about? A we gained more time to reflect we begin to wonder about the origins of the Earth and the mysteries of death.



Religion didn't always serve the same purpose that it does in today's society. Once upon a time, it wasn't "religion vs science", because both were one in the same. Religion is a hyper-primitive form of proto-science. It was used to explain the stars, moon, sun, tide, seasons, life, death, creation... Just in ways that egyptian cave monkeys could understand.

Was it all wrong? Well, yeah. But we have to remember that religion did have a structure to how things worked within it. There were rules hat governed how the world worked. It just turns out these rules were woefully uninformed. When man began to properly answer more and more questions that religion could not, these answers were applied to things that religion had already explained. The result was the dark ages, where scientific thought not in support of God's existence was punishable by death. It wasn't until the Renaissance when man lifted the veil of religion to find true scientific thought behind it.

So where would man be if not for religion? In caves.

Where will man be if we refuse to give it up? At war.



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Without religion science would be considerably more advanced by now. Education systems would be ahead of their time.


Many scientific advancements have been blocked/delayed by the catholic church in the middle ages and by the islam in the middle east, wich was once a super power.
Maybe we would already have tech to manipulate genes or any other sci-fi thing you can think of. Maybe even star travel. Who knows?

Maybe humanism would have replaced it in terms of values. Maybe less wars cause people don't believe in an after life and value this life more. It could only have been better.



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VGPolyglot said:
How would a world without religion even come about? A we gained more time to reflect we begin to wonder about the origins of the Earth and the mysteries of death.

It's easy. You just need people that have the balls to answer "I don't know" when asked questions about those things instead of making shit up.



Ka-pi96 said:
VGPolyglot said:
How would a world without religion even come about? A we gained more time to reflect we begin to wonder about the origins of the Earth and the mysteries of death.

It's easy. You just need people that have the balls to answer "I don't know" when asked questions about those things instead of making shit up.

We don't just say "I don't know" in regards to religion though, we say it for essentially every topic.



It is hard to know what exactly is a direct causation from religion and what isn't. I don't think I'm comfortable with immediately believing that religion would easily be replaced by something else with the exact same rules and measurements. I think that, while many of the toxic ideas of religion are basic human instincts, that saying we'd end up at nearly the same place or that religion hasn't at least fostered those instincts might be wrong. So really, I don't know, and I'm not going to make an educated guess.



Science and the thirst for knowledge, probably.