William Bernstein’s formula for human progress went in depth to articulate the meaning of scientific rationalism. Douglass North devised theory based constraints that allocate into political structure, economic, and social interactions (formal and informal) …would you consider religion to be a restraint? If you answered yes, do you believe it impacts both sides of the spectrum of formal and informal? Do you believe a ground set of values is needed with capitalism to work and is religion the answer to that?
Most Helpful Girl
I believe religion served its purpose when it came into circulation from a societal standpoint. It gave everyone a certain set of written moral codes as well as other useful incentives such as population control and even dietary control - it was created for the sole purpose of establishing social and economic stability.
Nowadays I feel, personally, that we have progressed to a point where the archaic concepts of religion simply cannot keep up with modern society and it serves little purpose. We laws that support a nearly universal human moral code (thou shalt not kill, am I right?) and there are other resources being used to try and keep our economy running smoothly (though it clearly isn't a perfect system). I guess we also have to factor in that we're no longer so impressionable to believe in the concept of a man living in the sky, no more than we believe Santa Clause is a real guy who kisses our moms and leaves us presents once a year.
All in all, I feel religion truly holds no purpose in modern society outside of providing people with a sense of something to believe in.5
Most Helpful Guy
No not really, religion formed the modern world and expanded it, our morals, laws and traditions stem from it. Our code of laws is based around being Christian. And our greatest artistic, architectural and musical achievements stem from religion.
If you're not religious that's entirely your choice but claiming it's holding us back is a mistake. Closed minds hold people back and that's just as true to scientists who are 100% sure there isn't a God (just as they were sure of many disproved things) then it is for those that see God's hand in all actions.
And religion will never go anywhere if you ban it people will practice it in private, in the shadows. Only way to destroy it is to kill everyone who practices it. Which means committing a mass genocide dwarfing every genocide ever committed beforehand and becoming the greatest mass murderer who ever lived.
Religion is what it is, a choice and neither a advantage or hindrance to progression of modern society, the hindered to progression of modern society is the people of modern society themselves. As well as the corruption, greed and selfishness that associates with them.
Besides with the horrible way society is progression and the direction it's headed in do you really want it to progress any further in that direction in the first place?2