Anthropology of Religion

I'm sitting in my anthropology class right now. The topic of discussion is religion. In my opinion, religion has caused nearly every conflict in human history. I think it is an outdated, medieval concept that doesn't really have a place as humans continue to evolve.

I understand this is a very touchy subject for a lot of people, so I don't mean offense by this. I just thought I'd get my atheistic viewpoint out there.


sildude said...
September 15, 2010 at 4:18 PM

As a fellow atheist I can relate. Though I wouldn't go so far as to blame religion for nearly every conflict in our history.

incognito said...
September 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Did a search and found this: "In the comprehensive list of the history of human warfare, in the Encyclopedia of Wars by Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod documents 1763 wars, of which 123 (7%) have been classified to involve a religious conflict."
123 wars is a lot but only 7% in the total scheme of things. I am not religious btw.

melinoe said...
September 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I'm in Anthro too, I wanted to take an anthro class about religion but I need to take the prerequisites first. I agree with you, religion is the cause of a lot of problems with the world but its also necessary in the sense that people need something to rely on so they don't feel so lost. Not everyone, and I'm not religious, but most people. If we abolished religion, then something else would inevitably pop up in its place.

Herr Pik said...
September 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Man, I know. Currently, there are now huge masses of people against each other's religions, especially against Muslims right now... Before that, it were the Jews, then the Muslims again?, and so on... Meh, maybe it's just human nature.

Heh, after reading your article, I really want to take anthro now ;)

Shelby Fox said...
September 15, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Good point guys. It was a little irrational of me to say that 'nearly every' conflict in history has been caused by religion. I do, however, feel it is a lot more than 7%.

I think it will turn out to be an interesting class though.

Janus Valberg said...
September 16, 2010 at 1:35 AM

I think religion was originally made to explain the complexity of the world to simple people, as it was interpreted by the leading class at the time. I also think it was used to control people.

Today people hold onto religion, because it offers an easy-to-understand explanation of the universe (and also remove some responsibility from the individul). The universe is way too complex for the human mind to understand, and I guess that people who won't realise this turn to religion for an answer.

Jessi D said...
September 16, 2010 at 6:21 AM

IMO all religion is fucked.

razortek said...
September 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM
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Viperman said...
September 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM

religion is just to give false hope into people to control them thats pretty much

The State of Human Intelligence said...
September 17, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Awesome post! Supportin

Hanyo said...
September 17, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Personally I think some religions really hinder the growth on a society. However there is a need in most peoples life's for an answer for everything. Supply and demand comes to mind.
Everyone is led to believe they have the right answer, causing conflict.
Conflict is a part of the scheme of things. If nobody told you were wrong you wouldn't question your system making better or ditching it to create a new system over time.

GiantsMania said...
September 17, 2010 at 11:13 PM

I completely agree with your view on religion!

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