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  •  Actually, I don't think it's an either/or (1+ / 0-)
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    Religion can make a person go a little crazier if they are already heading that way, but it can also twist the mind of someone who might otherwise have been fairly rational.

    I think it depends on the religion, on who is teaching it, and on the level of repression.

    Some find religion to be a spiritual thing - one which brings them closer to happiness, and to a feeling of awe.

    Others find it to be a dark and vile place, where the teachings they are given are hammered home with anger, fear, and repression.

    I've known good people whose minds have been tainted and twisted by bad teachings and propaganda... and others who are brought out of the darkness by the same beliefs.  Part of it is internal, but part of it is the external pressure that is applied.

    "Spread happiness... share it with all those who seek it." - Keith Olbermann

    by Diogenes2008 on Thu May 28, 2009 at 01:07:08 PM PDT

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    •  That's certainly possible--as it is also (1+ / 0-)
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      possible for religion to be a positive influence on otherwise troubled people.

      Save the parrots: Drink shade-grown coffee!

      by oscarsmom on Thu May 28, 2009 at 01:11:08 PM PDT

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      •  Precisely (0+ / 0-)

        If you take a very small child, and tell them that they are "evil" and "going to hell" if they don't pick up their toys, that's going to twist their minds.

        But if you take that same child, and teach them empathy... you will likely get a different result - and I have to say, most likely a happier and more well-adjusted adult.

        "Spread happiness... share it with all those who seek it." - Keith Olbermann

        by Diogenes2008 on Thu May 28, 2009 at 01:12:39 PM PDT

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    •  I have always been of the opinion... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...that WHAT you believe is not important, but how you apply your beliefs that is.

      that goes for everyone, devout and not.

      You are entitled to express your opinion. But you are NOT entitled to agreement.

      by DawnG on Thu May 28, 2009 at 01:45:35 PM PDT

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