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Old 06-27-2011, 12:20 PM
stephanie stephanie is offline
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Default Re: Possibilianism

Originally Posted by sugarkang View Post
Bob Wright seemed to say that religion isn't all that bad, and gets less bad as civilization progresses, but I don't think his emphasis was on positive social utility.
I think Bob's argument includes the following points: (1) we can't know how positive or negative the influence of religion is, as we can't separate out religion from all the other influences; and (2) religion can have both positive and negative influences, and material forces tend to determine which type it has.

Wright's basic argument just seemed to be that religion becomes tempered over time.
I think he sees this, but not as some consistent evolution or necessary one. The type of society one is in influences the religion. I suspect he gives too little credence to the extent to which religion (and other ideas) act as an influence also -- they are influenced by material concerns but that doesn't mean ideas don't have a real influence of their own. But I do agree with his major points.
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