Fallacies In Religion

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Religion is a huge part of mankind’s society, and while it promotes positive self-improvement, it also generates some unhealthy fallacies for the human species. If the only negative externality of religion is the fallacies that it creates, is there a way of only implementing the self-improvement portion of religion into human’s lives? The concept known as secular humanism fits this role perfectly. That is, “the belief that humanity is capable of morality and self-fulfillment without belief in God” (Merriam–Webster). Specifically, what kind of fallacies are generated by religions? Religions propose an assortment of fallacies, but some have a greater effect on mankind than others. The concept of a divine presence may seem helpful, but is actually worse for humans as a species than helpful. This divine presence enables a greater sense of an exterior authority, such…show more content…
Let us use Christianity’s Luke 9.23 for example, the quote “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Not only does this say that to be truly devoted to Jesus, God in mans form, it makes the reader believe that they must become a blank slate for Jesus to form into the ideal follower. This is just in the context of remaining a Christian, but what about renouncing your beliefs of a religion? The term, apostasy, describes this. “The punishment for apostasy from Islam is a controversial topic for Muslims living in the West and for ex-Muslims everywhere. That’s because Islam teaches that apostates are to be killed” (Silas) Generally, believers wish to believe this is not the case, and will often respond to the original question with “Well, it depends”. This is because the believer is only answering the physical effect it will have on you. Spiritually, the consequence is definitive and without doubt. In the Deuteronomy, Chapter 13,
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