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1,046 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 14 years ago by MelLowStar

Does religion discourage independent thought?


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14 yrs ago - Thursday 6/7/07 - 5:37:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not necessarily but I suppose it can do. People can become very obsessive about these things and think of faith as fact.
14 yrs ago - Thursday 6/7/07 - 5:38:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
If your independant thoughts do not match your religion, you are following the wrong religion.
14 yrs ago - Thursday 6/7/07 - 8:25:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Let me check my Bible...
14 yrs ago - Thursday 6/7/07 - 8:29:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
It seems that people with religion or (beginning with religion) who have the minds to think individually do anyway. The people without religion who are dumb are still limited to conformity.

But I suppose many doctrines of religions do discourage individual thoughts more than the basic existence of a society, simply because religion was used historically to keep people together under authorities.

14 yrs ago - Friday 6/8/07 - 2:37:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Religeon is a way for people to be told what to think, so they don't have to think for themselves.
14 yrs ago - Thursday 6/14/07 - 6:37:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
It must be nice to be able to hand over responsibility for your actions to a higher power.

It depends if you follow the teachings of your religion to the letter and take it all literally, in which case you are limiting your own independent thought, but if you use it as a guide then you are proberally thinking more than your typical athiest, and everyone is thinking more than the agnostics.

14 yrs ago - Thursday 6/14/07 - 4:43:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only if being told what to believe using "faith" and not evidence counts as something other than independent thought.
14 yrs ago - Friday 6/15/07 - 6:25:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, but burning people at the stake for heresy does.
14 yrs ago - Friday 6/15/07 - 7:08:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, it does. It tells a person how to live their life in a way.
14 yrs ago - Sunday 6/24/07 - 2:53:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
mostly, but not all religions, some are too close-minded and have people living like ants, some others are quite openminded
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 7/7/07 - 8:33:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
That was the original point of realigion, to control the masses, but now adays it is taken less literaly and people look to it when they have stresses in their lives. So, yes and no.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 7/7/07 - 8:57:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Theologically, man conforms to god; not the other way around.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 9/12/07 - 7:51:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/8/2007 2:37:01 AM soMEguy_povo wrote:
Religion is a way for people to be told what to think, so they don't have to think for themselves.

Very true.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/16/07 - 9:08:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Organized religion, yes.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/16/07 - 9:09:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not necessarily.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/24/07 - 9:18:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Somewhat, yes.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/24/07 - 11:16:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not always, but generally. I think it's more religious institutions that do that than religion itself, though.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 10/23/07 - 7:32:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depends on the religion. Buddhism ENCOURAGES independent thought. It says to question EVERYTHING.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 10/23/07 - 8:22:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think religion does. But I'm not a big supporter of religion.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 10/23/07 - 8:27:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
No more than team sports make people any less individual.
From an outsider's perspective, I would certainly think it does. However, from the inside I've seen more examples of people who were confident enough in their independence that they didn't feel it was being taken away from them just because of certain commonalities. The churches I've ever attended have stressed the individual's spiritual relationship with God and accountability through the congregation.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 10/23/07 - 8:28:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
All the "Yes" responses strike me as somewhat ironic. It's as if they do not appreciate that while there is a time to be independent, there is also value in being a part of something larger than yourself. That doesn't make you a sheep; it makes you a complete person.
13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/24/07 - 5:31:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
What exactly is the value of being part of something larger than yourself. I mean sure, together you can better overpower those not part of the clique, but in return you give up some of your individuality.
13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/24/07 - 6:01:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dunno, andres. It seems to me that I sometimes express more of my individual talent and reach greater heights when working with a team than individually.

When it comes to sex, do you find it more satisfying as an individual, or as part of a team? Do you loose your individuality during sex? Do you think it'd be the same for the other person if it were someone else and not you?

13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/24/07 - 6:10:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that's a question you already know the answer to, andres, and that you recognize the truth in what I said. Civilization is built on people having symbiotic relationships with each other, to some extent.
13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/24/07 - 6:17:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
not necessarily, it just so happens that people who don't like to think for themselves are drawn to religion, perhaps for that very reason. However, there's no aspect of religion in modern societies that actively discourages independent thought, none that I'm aware of anyway.

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