Re: [OT] Good, evil and religion [WAS] Re: A way to compile 3rd party modules into deb system?
Ron Johnson wrote:
> On 05/08/07 19:55, SB wrote:
>>> Celejar wrote:
>>>> I don't ignore it; I agree that religion has made ordinary people do
>>>> extraordinarily cruel things; my point was that this isn't a problem
>>>> exclusive to religion, but to compelling and convincing axiologies in
>>>> general, and I reiterate, would we really be better off without them? I
>>>> think it is unjust to imply that I'm 'reflexively' dismissing 'every'
>>>> critique of religion as shallow and ignorant; I dismissed *one* as
>>>> such, and for reasons I maintain are logical.
>>>> And one more thing; while religion can "make ordinary people do
>>>> extraordinarily cruel things", it can (and often does) also make
>>>> ordinary people do extraordinarily lovely things.
>>> It's the claim of an exclusive franchise on truth by some (mainly Judaism,
>>> Christianity and Islam) closely related religions that has compelled them
>>> to justify all manner of cruelty, in the name of "god". It's this claim that
>>> has caused and is causing all sorts of problems for the rest of us
> Or the fundamentalist Hindus who occasionally go on rampages,
> killing Muslims or burning people in effigy.
Sure, but the Hindus aren't doing it in the name of God, Allah, Shiva
or whatever. Hinduism has other problems but claiming an exclusive franchise
on truth is not one of them.