Do we need religion?

Do we as a society need religion? Or let’s say: do we still need it?

The believer may say: of course we do! People would lose moral standards otherwise. Who would provide shelter and food to the sick and homeless if not those who serve the one and only god they believe in? If there was no afterlife in heaven or hell respectively, nobody would give a shit anymore. What about mountains being moved by prayer? What about all the invaluable knowledge and wisdom in the holy books?

The atheist may say: no. We can have moral standards without faith. We can have relief, development and social service organizations without nuns and monks. We can focus on this life rather then an afterlife. We can act instead of pray. We can learn from science rather than holy books. Continue reading “Do we need religion?”