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

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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.

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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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