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Re: The Generic Religion Bashing thread [Re: Veritas]
    #8564667 - 06/26/08 12:29 AM (14 years, 10 days ago)


Veritas said:
  Don't you think it is likely that religious folks commit just as many crimes as non-religious folks?

It depends on the definition of "religious folks," doesn't it?  If by religious we merely mean intellectual assent to a particular set of doctrines, then yes, the levels should be the same demographically.  However, if by religious we mean those who live out the ethical prescriptions/prohibitions that align with legal behavior, then no, obviously, they would not unless the religious text in question encourages illegal behavior.

Or there is another variable as yet not considered.  If a religious text instructs its adherents to live in such a way they violate unethical laws according to the ethics outlined in their text, they would be living out the prescriptions of their text while being incarcerated.


I agree with the author of your quote that religious beliefs have little or nothing to do with ethical behavior, but this is NOT what the religious folks claim.

If anything, I have heard more atheists extol their putative moral virtues much more so than religious folks.  St. John, putative author of more than one New Testament book said:


If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

Now if St. John said that, how could Christians claim otherwise?


If being religious is supposed to improve your behavior, why are so many people in the U.S. committing crimes?

You'll have to define what you mean by religious before that question can be answered with clarity.  When that is done the answer should be axiomatic.


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