Is Religion Part of the Problem?

Is Religion Part of the Problem?

One out of three 18-to-22-year-olds don’t
identify with any religion. They don’t want to. I understand people, you know,
why people think religion’s a big part of the problem. It’s kind of an
easy scapegoat these days, but no, I don’t think religion’s
and faith more specifically is – is part of the
problem. I think we as human beings are all part of the
problem. Those who are pursuing faith many of the times are just trying to find an identity
outside of themself that they can rest in, and maybe they get strident in that, but so are the –
the same is true for those who are atheist, agnostic… They can have that same strident
behavior that suggests they know it all, that
they’ve self-righteously kinda figured out how this world works, and I think
we’re all susceptible to that. It’s not just a religious problem; it’s a human
problem. I think religion has become a place where we’ve seen it – an easy target, a place where we can sort
of point say, “those people really believe strongly in this point of
view and are willing to do anything to convey it.” And I think
in our culture today we’re hesitant. We actually are pretty put off by anybody who’s that confident
and that strident. We don’t want to be sold a bill of goods;
we don’t want to be persuaded or manipulated that we have to see
the world the way you see the world; we want people who are tolerant, who care and love and are willing to listen. And
so I think there’s a lot religious communities can learn from how
to relate to the world, but I certainly don’t see religion as the greatest challenge in our world that’s
anything bigger than just all of us as human beings creating problems
in the world.

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  1. Gabe, if you don't think that religion is the main driver of 90% of the conflict in the world today, you haven't been paying attention. Every geopolitical nightmare on Earth right NOW can be attributed to religion and the hatred it condones. Atheists such as myself just hope that one of these magic-worshipping lunatics don't push the button and kill us all.

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