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Debate Score:49
Arguments:32
Total Votes:52
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Was religion invented due to man's fear of death?

Man's ultimate demise is inevitable, so was religion created to comfort the fear of death?

YES

Side Score: 16
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No

Side Score: 33

Fear is the single biggest flaw withholding man from pure greatness, and death directly dictates the course of man's time on Earth, for religion is the biggest manipulator in dictating man's greatest fear where it greatly affected the course of history. Otherwise, imagine the possibilities of man without fear and absent of religion.

Side: YES
Cartman(18192) Disputed
2 points

If it is all about death, how come there are so many rules about what to do during life. All the religious rules do is make it more pleasant to live with other people. Not to prevent death, but to control the population.

Side: No
1 point

The endless rules for the living account to what to takes to be accepted into salvation and acceptance in the afterlife. People don't need religion for life to be pleasant.

Side: YES
TheCardinal(26) Disputed
1 point

I suppose religion was created to ensure that the population within a state had a shared set of values and morals, that in areas where the borders of nations were very blurred, belief systems helped unite people and promote thought, discussion and discovery.

You claim that religion has manipulated fear of death to ensure its domination, but is it not through faiths like Christianity that remove such fears and dictate that through belief and honest deeds a fellow can enter eternal life and death will never haunt them?

Side: No
Sitara(11088) Banned
1 point

That is part of it, but not the primary reason. Mankind has always searched for fulfillment beyond the etrenal. Who am I? Why am I? Do I matter?

Side: YES
1 point

Wrong, those questions weren't ask by religion, it was science, science seeks those answers, religion already answered those with invisible entities.

Side: YES
1 point

The need to understand generates before anything theological explanations because they are the most natural and primitive explanations.

Science is not. Science comes from the progressive and reasonable rectifications of our first idea

So, religion (or any result of our imagination) is the first attempt to answer those questions.

Side: No
4 points

I think it is less about death and more about control. I think religion was created to control people. It works really well for that.

Side: No
1 point

The control of religion is a direct byproduct of the fear of death.

Side: YES
Cartman(18192) Disputed
1 point

Does that mean everything is a direct byproduct of fear of death? Do I eat out of my fear of death?

Side: No
3 points

I'm going to have to go with Cartman on this one. It was invented to control others.

However, I think people become religious due to their fear of death.

Side: No
3 points

Not all of religion necessarily, however the afterlife piece of religion was probably invented for that purpose. All in all religion was invented foremost to answer the questions ancient peoples had about the world around them that they couldnt answer for themselves, and for the selfish gain of the religious leaders who sought control over the masses and their money cough the pope cough

Side: No
1 point

Metaphysics, submission and money are all means for the use of fear.

Side: YES
2 points

Yes but not necessarily that of death. I think that after religion got people past the death part and the afterlife was extablished as fact to all people i think the next fear the religious leaders exploited was the fear of the BAD afterlife. Hell. Religious leaders didnt need to exploit people being afraid of dying anymore because everyone knew they would have an afterlife, then they fed off the ones who didnt want to go to hell.

Side: YES
2 points

No, religion is the equivalent of modern day science, i.e. it was made as a way to explain the world works.

Side: No
2 points

I think religion originated primarily as a way to explain big events that had no available explanation.

Side: No
2 points

I have to go with AveSatanas on this one. Here's why:

Thousands of years ago, we had very little or no science. Human kind was just getting to become non cave man. What happens. We became smart enough to question why we are here. We see the sky, and at night there are millions of little lights in it. And in the day, there's brightness everywhere and a big shiny thing in the middle of the sky, and these early peoples did not know what to make of, or even name these things at first. So, what was the result. Well, some answer was better than no answer to a ton of questions:

1. why are we here?

2. what is our purpose?

3. explanations on elements, nature

4. and tons more

Originally, people thought that the night sky was not a view of space at all. That's right, the didn't believe in space. They thought that there was a wall. Beyond that wall, there was a great light. According to this old theory, beyond that wall was the heavens. The sun would rotate around the earth (because what does it look like?), and there were gods somewhere in this great thing they called the "sky." Gods were invented to explain how we got here. That's why there are so many legends about animals, etc. is to explain all of the little individual details. As society evolved, the myths of Gods evolved to become more monotheistic. Society gets smarter and people start to question all of this, which is where atheism shows up. Anyways, religion is just an evolving leftover from ancient society. That's not to say that the religion is wrong, but that's how it started. There are theories on how the idea of a "god" came into place, that are a lot more specific than just what I'm saying. Some of them involve aliens visiting cave men, which I don't think I believe in. Still, that's allegedly how it happened. I mean the whole of what I'm saying, not the aliens part.

Side: No
ScoutBLoved(7) Disputed
1 point

One of our most distinct purposes in life is to ANSWER QUESTIONS. As long as we have existed, we have been striving to answer the endless, "WHY AM I HERE?". Our destiny is to discover the secrets of Earth and Space: our surroundings. Their beauty can inspire us to be greater versions of the archaic species we have devolved into.

The most ancient civilizations were far more advanced than humans today. Spirituality, Science, Art: This is the trifecta that will set our minds free. The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Vedas, etc. all knew about and studied the power the planets hold over our daily lives-- they worshiped the earth, sun, moon and stars because of our innate connection to them and the beauty that they provide.

Religion has no room for star worship. Ironically, Jesus could be considered a SUN GOD. 'Jesus' is another name for the same character that has appeared throughout numerous other religions in history. Horus was also a Sun god and of a virgin birth. Other miraculous conceptions include such figures as Krishna and Buddha. Christianity goes about like it is a unique gift to humanity, when in fact their ideas have been 'inspired' by religions that span centuries. This religion in particular has a distinct separatist mentality that disallows questions to authority and respect for other beliefs. They think they are right, all the time. Without the mental freedom to question this, followers of Christianity are indeed victims of mind control.

Religion has served its purpose. We needed it at one time to help answer our questions and allay our fears of human mortality. In turn, this became a method for mass manipulation. Our ego's create power hungry and fearful creatures: religious rules dictate how a free soul should function within it's surroundings. FEAR IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. I believe that fear of our own humanity prompts us to antagonize and manipulate each other. In a Buddhist frame, expelling the ego is the key to true human connection. SELFLESS LOVE. We all crave it but don't put the effort in to create it. Good things in life will never be handed out for free. It takes work to level up.

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Side: YES
2 points

By No I mean that it wasn't the sole reason. That fear may have been manipulated in a religious format to control the masses, of course. We still see that today.

Side: No
1 point

Religion was invented when a body of religious people met together to worship. Religion wasn't invented to control people. Religious leaders don't have whips, and they don't seek world domination. Most religions only want to worship some type of deity. People don't like to worship though, so they insult religion... I think that's mean. If you don't like religion then don't believe in it. No one's going to force you to. Religion was invented for worship. If a religious leader is controlling, then that's on him/her. Religion itself has no control whatsoever.

Side: No
2 points

Joining a religious membership is voluntary, yet it is manipulative telling people how to live all in the name of salvation using death as its engine.

Side: YES
1 point

Do, do you mean is spirituality existent because mankind desires an afterlife, whatever that may be? PERHAPS? Does that bother you in any way?

Spirituality (and/or religion) is not invented by human beings, human beings "tap into" it. It's not like humans are making this shit up for the fun of it OR because they're scared of the afterlife.

Side: No

Religion was invented because Adam had a small penis. He was the first Man and God hadn't exactly figured out yet the he'd need a cucumber to satisfy the bitch.

Side: No