Re: Religion:Starting from Scratch
Well, religion IS a tool, a tool to express what we believe and feel. Being a tool isn't a bad thing, it's how one uses it.
I could use a hammer to build a shelter with, or I could use a hammer to throw at people with. It all depends on the user.
I think it just depends on the people. Organized religion works for many cases, and fumbles in others. Humans are social creatures after all, so it makes sense that group religions would exist. Besides, government, culture, and religion can all be intertwined, with one influencing the other. A lot of predominantly Christian countries like in Europe or America have laws that reflect the various fundamental rules in Christianity.
Is that a good thing? Well, I think it depends on how strictly those laws are interpreted, and what laws are being used. Things like "no murdering" and "no stealing" are generally good, because allowing such things to happen causes problems for people, and disrupt the peace that is needed to function together. But things like abortion and gay marriage I think is too varied in responses to be ruled under the realm of Christianity, and should be placed outside of religion to make the best compromise possible.
In general I'm ok with religion and religious groups. Since it's so varied, it really depends on the specific groups I run into, not the actual religion itself.