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Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church is the largest religious organization in the world, with over 1 billion members. It has many vocal opponents.

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Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?
Does religion encourage good behavior?

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Sam Harris    Writer, Speaker, Atheism Activist
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The scandal in the Catholic Church--one might now safely say the scandal that is the Catholic Church--includes the systematic rape and torture of orphaned and disabled children. ... The evidence suggests that the misery of these children was facilitated and concealed by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church at every level, up to and including the prefrontal cortex of the current Pope.
10 May 2010    Source


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Friedrich Nietzsche    Iconic Philosopher of 19th Century
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I condemn Christianity; I bring against the Christian church the most terrible of all the accusations that an accuser has ever had in his mouth. It is, to me, the greatest of all imaginable corruptions; it seeks to work the ultimate corruption, the worst possible corruption. The Christian church has left nothing untouched by its depravity; it has turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie, and every integrity into baseness of soul.
01 Jan 1888    Source


Bertrand Russell    Iconic Philosopher of 20th Century
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I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
06 Mar 1927    Source


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Bill Maher    Political T.V. Host, Comedian
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Yes, we are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.
16 Feb 2005    Source

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Experts In Christianity


Paul Johnson    Writer
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Intellectual fashions come and go. The current one is militant atheism. Waves of atheism have swept the West before. ... My parents were profoundly religious Catholics, who brought me up to share their beliefs. I was educated first by nuns, then by the Jesuits. I have always attended church regularly and said my prayers daily. I'm not sure the human race would survive a prolonged bout of atheism.
08 Oct 2007    Source

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Experts In Atheism


Bruce Sheiman    Author, Atheist
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By now we should understand why religion is so integral to human nature and culture. Religion incorporates many expressions of mental health, from community-building to enduring values, from moral behavior to a transcendent sense of purpose. Religion helps people cope with many of life’s greatest questions, dilemmas and problems. One has to ask, therefore, what militant atheists are thinking when they propose to eliminate religion from the lives of 250 million Americans.
28 Dec 2009    Source


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Daniel Dennett    Philosophy Professor
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I’m quite outspoken about my atheism, but I’m also outspoken about my belief that we don’t want to encourage the extinction of religion. We want to encourage its evolution into more benign forms. ... [Atheists want] an opportunity to join with people in a morally meaningful activity. I think that we can take a lot of lessons from religions, which are brilliantly designed to bring people together in just that way, with art and music and ritual, a beautiful building, induction ceremonies.
11 Apr 2010    Source



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0 Points      Capricious      25 Mar 2015      Stance on Question: Mostly Agree
It isn't that bad today.

The church was pernicious back in the day and in the likes of Al Qaeda.


0 Points      Frederick Godson      09 May 2013      Stance on Question: Neutral
Catholic church from history is the church instituted by Christ and St. Peter was the first Pope. All other churches take their cue from catholic churches. The world cannot do without the Catholics because when the Pope speaks; he speaks the mind of Christ. Get more gist from http://unn.edu.ng/department/religion


0 Points      Esl      03 May 2013      Stance on Question: Mostly Agree
I think the world benefits from religion and the morals and bonds that it brings. However, I do think the world would be better off without the Catholics. I believe this, because the reason the world doesn't flying cars or a cure for cancer yet is because of the Catholics. Their years of scientific oppression in Europe, the birth place of science, have set the world back century's in development.


0 Points      MTC      23 Feb 2013      Stance on Question: Agree
Yes, of course. Without religion, the world would be a much less hateful place


0 Points      blacktrance      10 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Agree
Same as all the other religions.


0 Points      Mark Embleton      19 Jan 2011      Stance on Question: Agree
Yes, and not just the Catholic Church - all institutions that are based on irrational faith, beliefs and superstition. How much more evidence do you need that organizations like the Catholic Church have caused and continue to cause death, misery and persecution for millions and millions of people around the world? Women's rights are ignored on because they aren't men, homosexuals are persecuted and reviled, and scientific progress would probably be several centuries ahead of where it is now.