Is Religion Necessary for Modern Society? – Modern Koans
Is religion necessary for modern society?
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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