Religion's always been a touchy subject for a lot of people, and it's hard to talk about it without people bashing one another. However, I've been curious as to what the people at 'Charms think of religion, truthfully, and I think it could help us understand one another better if we discuss about it. Personally, I go to a non-demoninational Church, though I lean towards being more Baptist than anything else. Even though I'm Christian, I'm not against other people who're non-Christian and tend to accept everyone and anyone into my friends' circle. I don't believe that Christians are better than everyone else, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). In fact, most Christians could probably be even worse than "regular" people, because they act so high and mighty and think they're so much better than everyone else and all. We're hypocrites, I won't deny that, but no one can be perfect, right? And no, that's not an excuse; it's a fact, but that doesn't mean we can't try to follow what we say. Anyways, outside of what I believe in religiously, I think that, philisophically, religion is important in society because it gives people a sense of morals and helps keep people together. What better way to tie people together than to give them a common belief system to, well, believe in? Thanks to the development of religion, humans know what to do and what not to do, since, as Machiavelli so wisely says, "all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope". On the flip side of things, we have seen religion do the very opposite of what it's supposed to do. Because it's only natural for humans to have differing opinions; one religion cannot be for everyone, as we found out during the Protestant/Catholic Reformation period. Religion has been the source of violence for many centuries, and still is in some cases. Religion also ties us down and doesn't allow one to freely express themselves. Some can even argue that religion has no basis; how can we believe in something that we cannot prove or see? This is one question theologians and others have struggled to answer over the years, and still we do not have a valid reason why we should. So, all in all, is religion good or bad?