Is Religion Necessary for Modern Society? – Modern Koans

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Question:

Is religion necessary for modern society?

Response:

The persistence of an idea or an ideology can be found in the advantage it offers its followers. So when we talk about necessity, I think we should be focused at a higher level than religion.

I would suggest what is necessary, is that we have a world view. Some of us hold a world view that is religious. Others – e.g. atheists – have a worldview that is not.

There are more religious people than there are non-religious people. So, I suspect that there may be more advantages to being religious than non-religious, but they’re only marginal differences, otherwise you’d see an extinction of non-religious people. It’s likely that there will always be an weighted equilibrium.

I also suspect that the advantages that religion offers can be replicated in a non-theistic ideology. Buddhism is a good example. So I also feel that belief in God is optional in the marketplace of ideologies.

I guess my answer is – a world view is necessary in modern society, whether or not its religious is up to you.

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