Religion’s Impact on Society

Does religion positively or negatively affect society?

Whether or not you are a religious person, you have acknowledged the fact that religion exists. You may view it negatively or positively, you may believe in a superior being or you may not. The reality is that many people are dedicated to their religions… and some are even willing to die for them.

“Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.”

Many people could argue that religion does more harm than good. After all, it was one of the key factors causing the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. It causes many disagreements between countries, conflict of government, and personal quarrel with others. Studying basic history will lead you to conclude that it is a large contributor to many past and present conflicts. One essential argument is taking into consideration that some people misinterpret their religion and use it to justify their wrongdoings.

“From the beginning men have used God to justify the unjustifiable.” -Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

IMG_7412.JPGHowever, religion is not always a bad thing. Obviously, most religious people aren’t extremists who are willing to die or kill for their faith. It also brings strength and hope for those in times of need, it brings people together with fellowship, and it makes people have a sense of belonging on the earth. When you don’t need to worry about the intimidating topic of the afterlife, you have a lot of weight off of your shoulders. Many faiths also give people closure by guaranteeing forgiveness and acceptance.

Now that you’ve read the pros and cons, let’s reread the question: Does religion positively or negatively impact society? Although it could be a mixture of both, the answer to this question lies within your own opinion. You decide if religion is essential or not. Despite your opinion or religion, I do encourage you to practice tolerance and kindness towards others. With religious-rooted oppression and other worldly problems, it is important to be compassionate to strangers, friends, and family. Spreading happiness signifies one step closer we are to achieving happiness without dependency on religion.

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Good vs. Evil

The Crucible is a book based on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692- 1693. They occurred in colonial Massachusetts and resulted in 20 deaths of mostly women. One of the outstanding themes of the book is the trial of Good vs. Evil. It brought me to wonder if the accusers of witchcraft truly cared about the young girls performing witchcraft or if they think it is such abomination and are so repulsed by it because of their pride. The people in Salem seem so consumed by detection of evil that they leave no room for good and obviously do not realize that the devil is not the only thing causing evil. They are seemingly so obsessed with the trials of the girls that they push for answers rather than the truth (There’s a difference). This leads to many pointed fingers, omission, and lies to save oneself. By the end of the book, I’m predicting the entire town will be drowning in hypocrisy and corruption.

HALE: Tituba. You must have no fear to tell us who they are, do you understand? We will protect you. The Devil can never overcome a minister. You know that, do you not?
TITUBA: Aye, sir, oh, I do.
Hale: You have confessed yourself to witchcraft, and that speaks a wish to come to Heaven’s side. And we will bless you, Tituba.
TITUBA: Oh, God bless you, Mr. Hale!
HALE: You are God’s instrument put in our hands to discover the Devil’s agents among us. So speak utterly, Tituba, and God will protect you.
TITUBA: Oh, God, protect Tituba! (I.456-469)

This quote shows a slave who was forced to confess to witchcraft after being threatened to be killed. It also shows how the accuser wants an answer so badly that he is willing to overlook the truth to get one. This is another example of how the people of the town are so eager to find evil that they do not realize their own evil.