Is religion good even if it's false?

Discuss philosophical questions regarding theism (and atheism), and discuss religion as it relates to philosophy. This includes any philosophical discussions that happen to be about god, gods, or a 'higher power' or the belief of them. This also generally includes philosophical topics about organized or ritualistic mysticism or about organized, common or ritualistic beliefs in the existence of supernatural phenomenon.
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Re: Is religion good even if it's false?

Post by Belinda » July 12th, 2016, 4:45 am

Grunth wrote:


I would say that the idea of religion being truth is a contraction.

Alcohol also brings people together for the worship of intoxication.
Alcohol, like religion, would be plain good for you given that alcohol and religion had no bad side effects. Religious assemblies, unlike alcoholic assemblies, don't necessarily have to include abandoning reason.
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Re: Is religion good even if it's false?

Post by Grunth » July 12th, 2016, 5:01 am

Belinda wrote:Grunth wrote:


I would say that the idea of religion being truth is a contraction.

Alcohol also brings people together for the worship of intoxication.
Alcohol, like religion, would be plain good for you given that alcohol and religion had no bad side effects. Religious assemblies, unlike alcoholic assemblies, don't necessarily have to include abandoning reason.
Not enough information there for me. Religious people assembling for what?

-- Updated July 12th, 2016, 10:04 pm to add the following --

If you mean an assembly to pray to a god together then, yes, it is the abandoning of reason. But the religious assembly goers often admit to this because they themselves speak of faith vs reason.

-- Updated July 12th, 2016, 10:07 pm to add the following --

Alcohol is a far better idea. Great thinkers and reasoners meet over a drink or 5, and may even slip under the table.

Oh, and really drunk people speak in tongues. I've heard them. This maybe where a middle ground is often met.

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Re: Is religion good even if it's false? Please give an exam

Post by Kernaghan » September 7th, 2016, 5:23 pm

Is religion good even if it's false? I am unable to think of an example of good to fit this question. But if we delete religion and substitute philosophy, or perhaps medicine. Is philosophy/ medicine good even if is false or more correct "mistaken/incorrect.
Does this appear logical?
We do know that that religion is not "good" as is evident with today's events, but especially from past history of religion. I cannot include all religions as I know little about most religions.
Does this mean if we accept that religions were evil/sinful still it may have been "good" in some instances therefore also "good" by accident even when false.
I have made no attempt to define false religion.

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Re: Is religion good even if it's false? Please give an exam

Post by Grunth » September 11th, 2016, 3:23 am

Kernaghan wrote:Is religion good even if it's false? I am unable to think of an example of good to fit this question. But if we delete religion and substitute philosophy, or perhaps medicine. Is philosophy/ medicine good even if is false or more correct "mistaken/incorrect.
Does this appear logical?
We do know that that religion is not "good" as is evident with today's events, but especially from past history of religion. I cannot include all religions as I know little about most religions.
Does this mean if we accept that religions were evil/sinful still it may have been "good" in some instances therefore also "good" by accident even when false.
I have made no attempt to define false religion.
No point defining 'false religion' as it is an oxymoron. Falsity and religion are one and the same.

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