Thursday, February 5, 2015
This past Tuesday, when discussing religion, I felt that I did a poor job of expressing what I believe about Theists vs. Atheists. I assumed that most of the people in the class were Christian, and so I decided to play devil's advocate (no pun intended) and argue on the side of Atheism. In doing so, however, I fear that I came across as bitter towards Christianity, which is not the case. I have no contempt for any religion, or lack thereof. Now, in response to the original question, I would say that Theists have done both more good and bad than Atheists, due to the very nature of their organization. Religious organizations have been around for thousands of years, and since they are already organized, it is easier for them to plan both good and bad works. While it is true that extremist groups are not representative of the religion as a whole (which we discussed in class), it is undeniable that they are still, in fact, members of that religion. Bearing that in mind, religious organizations do tend to do much more good than bad. Atheists are similar, but on a smaller scale, I believe.