Let's look at the following statement:
"Religion still has an important role in society today."
This is something that many people would agree with, If you were to ask me if i was to agree with this statement i'd have to opt for the 'abstain' option. I will say however that i can understand why people agree with this statement.
Religion is involved in teaching us one of the most important set of skills required to surive and flourish in modern day society, Morality. Religion has helped teach children at a very early age what is right and wrong as well as good and evil. From a young age you know that killing innocent people is wrong, that stealing is wrong, trespassing etc. You small cranium is saturated with Do's and Do not's from religious texts.
This is great, and more to the point this is important, our society needs a means of teaching people how they should behave.
Ok so we're all nodding in agreement (or so i hope at least) up to this point, society needs morality, unwritten rules and teachings that we can pass on to our children as to avert them from growing up as the next incarnation of the manson family.
More to come tomorrow...