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If there were no religions and no politics would the world be at peace?

  1. leni sands profile image74
    leni sandsposted 7 years ago

    If there were no religions and no politics would the world be at peace?

  2. Clarusglassboards profile image56
    Clarusglassboardsposted 7 years ago

    Simplest answer is no. Region and Government cause such a narrow form of issue vs everything else.

  3. nehemiah1234 profile image57
    nehemiah1234posted 7 years ago

    Religion and politics represent two different worlds; two different kinds of power. History clearly demonstrates that when governments try to mix politics with religion, people's individual rights are trampled upon and the church loses credibility. A good example of this is found in the life of Roger Williams, a pivotal figure in the establishment of religious liberty in the United States. From the very beginning he was spurned by the religious and civil authorities of his time.

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    BenjaminBposted 7 years ago

    Hmmm,I'll take a crack at this in the context of ,"NO Religion Or Politics",as your question asks. The answer would be No,because men and women are built with the flaws of greed,pride,deception,and conflict.(What these flaws create outside of any constraints of government or religion should be self explanatory.) Further more even down to the simple family structure it is said  by psychiatrists that a healthy family contains conflict of some nature.It's a yin and yang kind of thing I figure where as in all things there must be balance. Too much peace in my opinion would stagnate the growth of human kind just as bad as too much war does.

  5. Jillian Barclay profile image79
    Jillian Barclayposted 7 years ago

    I don't think so because greed, the hunger for power and the love of money are traits that many people have and many times, it has nothing to do with religion or politics. Sadly, I don't think that there will ever be peace.

  6. Jason Oleinik profile image70
    Jason Oleinikposted 7 years ago

    No. There would still be the hunger for power, which is one of the major reasons wars are waged.

  7. Tusitala Tom profile image63
    Tusitala Tomposted 7 years ago

    I don't know whether the world would be 'at peace' but I suspect it would be far more peaceful than it is at present if the most powerful religionists that advocate religion (as they see it) butted out.   I'm talking religious leaders here.

    We get some very silly edicts coming out of such people.  For example, supposedly celibate Roman Catholic priests advising on marital issues.   Or Moslem clerics stating that a certain person should be killed because that person has allegedly said somthing that has upset an idea in that cleric's head.  And what is an idea in the head if it has been there for a long time and has crystalised or ossified: a BELIEF.   

    People have come to believe that they ARE their beliefs.   Still, I doubt this will change in the near future.   As for politics, we're stuck with it, it seems.  And until we come up with a better system, the politicians that go along with it.

  8. philmaguire profile image76
    philmaguireposted 7 years ago

    Animals have no religion nor politics. Are they at peace? "Nature red in tooth and claw" just does not come close to the viciousness and violence that is the animal kingdom. Take mammals (the group to which we belong): in mammalian society, bullying, rape, torture and incest are commonplace. It makes me laugh when I hear people blaming religion or politics whenever they choose to act like the animals they are.
    I would humbly suggest that your question is the wrong way round. It should be "Given that our animal nature predisposes us to violence, would there be a chance of peace without religion or politics?"
    My biology tutor at university once said to me, "I have accepted that I am an animal". I replied, "Big deal. All you have told me that you are not a plant. The question is: are you just an animal?"
    Religion challenges us to rise above our animal nature. If we choose to remain with the animals, it is not religion's fault. It is ours and we should accept the responsibility of our actions.

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    andycoolposted 7 years ago

    When we'll learn to think beyond our persoanl prosperity and understand that collective prosperity is more important than individual prosperity then only the world could be at peace. We always tend to think that politicians and priests are root causes of all problems... that's because they've more social power than the common people. But we shouldn't forget that they too come from common people. They shouldn't misuse the power conferred on them by the common people to achieve personal prosperity.

  10. wilbury4 profile image71
    wilbury4posted 7 years ago

    John Lennon imagined that situation...
    If we all lived as one, no religion and no politics, who would we fight with? Wars are caused by a difference of opinion, usually religious or political differences, so I would guess that the world could be at peace without them...

    Imagine there's no Heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one

  11. drbillfannin profile image60
    drbillfanninposted 7 years ago

    No. War is a human condition totally unrelated to religion or politics. Religion and politics are manifestations of the "power and control" drives in our psyche. There will always be leaders and followers. It's just the way we are. So, if you could somehow get rid of religion and politics, some other system of control and conflict would develop. An example: Gangs usually don't have politics or religion, but they all have a control structure and a agenda to gain power and control over others. Gangs operate on a "code of ethics", if you will, and the leaders use whatever means necessary to control their members. Tactics like enticements, intimidation, abuse, or murder ensure that members follow the "doctrine" developed by their leaders, even if they disagree.  It's the same thing with politics and religion. Notice how people are drawn to certain leader's ideals, and they follow these leaders blindly 'till death. When the leaders run into opposition from other groups, conflicts flare. That "gang" mentality is a human condition which has been with us from the beginning of time. War will cease only when all humans become part of the same gang.

  12. Glenn Raymond profile image57
    Glenn Raymondposted 7 years ago

    Personaly, I do not believe so.  Every society has to have "guidelines" or life is total chaos.

    If you think about the "lawless" old west, it was a complete and utter chaos until laws came about and people were appointed to make certain those laws were followed.  I do not believe in big government, but small government is good in such cases.

    About religion, all societies have had a belief system in some form of god, or gods.  This is what they live by in order to survive in the best ways possible.  It gives them hope and everyone needs that.  So I think religion, no matter what it is, such as Christianity, Druid, Native American Beliefs, Greek Gods, or wiccan, they all are a form of a religion and must exist.  They are belief systems that get different cultures by in life.  They are just as much religion to these cultures as Christianity is in ours. 

    This is a wonderful question and a very interesting topic.  Thank you for asking.

  13. Yvonnek profile image59
    Yvonnekposted 7 years ago

    The world will always find something to disagree and be unhappy about no matter what the subject.

  14. jamesphilipson profile image53
    jamesphilipsonposted 7 years ago

    No, I personally believe that if there were no religion there would be more fighting and warmongering. Why? Because most "moral" groundings have come through religion over time and have seeped into acceptance in society; without those we would merely revert to our baser instincts and all hell would break loose.

    Life is impossible without politics- wherever there are groupings of people there will be politics of some form or another. Even anarchy is a form of political system- its mob law.

  15. Wayne Brown profile image83
    Wayne Brownposted 7 years ago

    Absolutely not...even the early cave men could not get along.  There will always be things of value in the world which will always spawn differences that will ultimately undermine peace.  For some human beings, the motivation need be only to sell the last pair of their old grandma's panties.  The value does not have to be great, it's the domination, the achievement, the power gained.  Those who desire that in the world will never go away.  That is the reason that it is absolutely stupid to ever consider trying to bargain peace from a standpoint of weakness.  The world is still heavily populated with cave men. WB