Positive And Negative Effects Of Religion

What are the positive and negative aspects of a religion?

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I would say that one definite pro of a religion is the idea of belief in something larger than oneself.  In a world where there is so many who demonstrate so much of ego and self- glorification, religion allows individuals to subjugate their own sense of self towards a larger end.  This is a good thing in terms of being able to see oneself as part of something larger and not the end in its own right.  Along these lines, the idea of being able to do good for others in the name of something larger can only help to make society and the people within it better.  The con or potential negative attribute is when individuals believe that their form of religious worship compels them or drives them to interfere with others.  It is interesting to see that some of the worst in human behavior has been done due to love of religion.  Some of the very worst in actions and human behavior has been done in the name of religion.  The misreading of religion and the awful things that result from this is where I think that people have shown a potential bad side to religious worship.  It is here where some level of change is needed in terms of how people advocate for and show zeal towards their religious worship.

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