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Religion

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The organized belief in system of moral and spiritual laws, often seperate to the laws of science. Sometimes science and religion can co-exist, but scientific evidence disproves certain religious theory such as Creationism.

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Science and Religion together

Some religious theory has been proven by science including the historical events like invasions, revolutions, lineage, etc. that are listed in scripture. These events recounted in books have been corroborated with archeological evidence.

Science and Religion apart

Miracles and fantastic events remain unproven by science. Moreover, many do not accept Science's explanation for the world, often intepreting the bible literally. For instance, some believe that the Earth was created in less than 6 days. These are "Creationists" exist among Chrisians, Jewish, Islamic and other faiths. They consider evidence such as carbon dating, DNA similarties with primates, and long-dead species such as the Dinosaurs to be results of things other than evolution and a 4 billion year old earth.

As many activities attributed to "god(s)" have now been scientifically explained, Religion has now lost ground since the European Renaissance. Further, with historical church indiscretions, corruption, and hypocracy, religion has lost ground with many faithful and has diminished in significance over time. Recent scandals of covered-up child-molestation in the Catholic church are only one in a long line from the Cruisades to Martin Luther's stand against the church to Jim Baker's prostitutes. Religion, then and now, gradually became the great lie and not a purported bastion of love and ethics. Science and technology have boomed and the concept is largely regarded as a legacy; now that things can be explained beyond "god(s) did it," religion has suffered.

God is not dead

Despite religion's downward trend, approximately 95 percent of the world's populace continues to believe in a supreme being. However, this belief and the adherence to a religious authority/sect are not mutually exclusive; you do not have to be a member of a Religion to believe in God (or gods).

Religion often provides hope for people whose lives may otherwise seem without meaning. The idea that a supreme being watches over them and judges their behavior comforts many people, and has inspired much art, creativity and charity. Studies show that individuals with religious beliefs are less likely to commit suicide.

Religion has a great influence on politics and the media in many countries. Zealotry, extremism and oppression can easily arise from misinterpretation of religious texts.

Fundamentalist religious ideology motivates pressure to combat problems by enticing governments to adopt policies based on punishment, faith and emotional feeling, rather than utilising prevention, education and reason. This can lead to unwanted outcomes such as dangerous behaviour when people are ignorant about safe drug use or safe sex for example.

Religion and InfoAnarchy

Religion is so often based on institutional hierarchy and an unchanging script with some individuals placed above others. This, combined with the preaching of obedience and submission to church authority turns away many anarchists, who regard Religion as an institutional source of censorship and oppression, which robs people of their free will, Freedom of Speech and autonomy.

Being anarchist does not mean being unaffiliated, as not all Religions are based on a hierarchies, though most influencial world religions are.

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