Has Monotheism done more bad than good?
This is what commentor David MacDonald had to say on the subject:
‘To pick an easy target, Monotheism is listed as one of the top fifty. For all their noble beliefs and ideals, it is easy to argue that different monotheistic beliefs’ inability to accept one another have caused more grief and suffering than any other single thing in history and, quite possibly, still do. Somehow we would like to feel a great idea should be positive, but quite a number are very double edged. Ironically, however much suffering it has caused, it would be hard to find an idea that has had a greater impact than monotheism, so if impact is a measure of greatness then it deserves a far better vote, even though many could argue that the impact has far greater negative value than positive.’
What do you think? Can you be an atheist but still acknowledge the good that theistic religion has inspired?