Direct Benefits For Society Of Atheism
What are the direct benefits for society of atheism? I am not speaking of the adopted scientism of the new atheists or adopted humanism or adopted non-theist religion or adopted whatever but what is directly caused by a lack of belief in God. Science is not atheism - atheism is not science.
The direct benefits of religion ( i.e. directly caused by a belief in a God and the religious doctrine of the Golden Rule) include:
- homeless shelters
- help senior citizens with housing
- help with leper colonies
- pay utility bills for the poor
- feeding and sheltering people in times of natural disasters (eg Salvation Army)
- civil rights (eg Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jnr)
- abolishing slavery (eg William Wilberforce)
- prison reform
- works of art ( books, paintings, music, film, etc)
- visiting and helping the sick
- visiting and helping those in prisons
- visiting and comforting those in grief
Quoting directly from the scriptures of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Bahá'í, Buddhism, and others, Oneness: Great Principles Shared by all Religions strips away the superficial differences between faiths by showing that the great religious principles are expressed almost word for word in every religion.
The Golden Rule, Love Thy Neighbor, Speak Truth, It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive—these principles and more than sixty others are shown to be common to all religions. ...
"As this book shows … every major religion of the world has similar ideals of love, the same goal of benefiting humanity through spiritual practice, and the same effect of making their followers into better human beings." - The Dalai Lama
THE GOLDEN RULE ...
"Hurt not others with that which pains yourself or in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. One should seek for others the happiness one desires for one's self"
"This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others that which would cause pain if done unto you."
"Do not to others what ye do not wish done to yourself; and wish for others too, what ye desire and long for, for yourself. This is the whole of Dharma, heed it well."
(The Celestial Song, 2:65)
"That nature ONLY is good when it shall NOT DO unto another whatever is not good for its own self."
"Whatsoever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others."
That which is good for all and any one, for whomsoever - that is good for me. What I hold good for self, I should for all. Only Law Universal, is true Law."
"A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated."
"Precious like jewels are the minds of all. To hurt them is not at all good. If thou desirest thy Beloved, then hurt thou not anyone's heart."
(Guru Aranj Devji 259, Guru Granth Sahib)
"Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you."
"If one strives to treat others as he would be treated by them, he will come near the perfect life."
(Book of Meng Tzu) ...
"Pity the misfortunes of others; rejoice in the well-being of others; help those who are in want; save men in danger; rejoice at the success of others; and sympathise with their reverses, even as though YOU WERE in their place."
"The sage has no interests of his own, but regards the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind, he is also kind to the unkind: for virtue is kind."
(T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien)
"Love your friend and never desert him. If you see him surrounded by the enemy do not run away; go to him, and if you cannot save him, be killed together and let your bones lie side by side."
(Sur-AR-Ale-Shar, The Lessons of the Lone Chief)
"Do not kill or injure your neighbor, for it is not him that you injure, you injure yourself. But do good to him, therefore add to his days of happiness as you add to your own. Do not wrong or hate your neighbor, for it is not him that you wrong, you wrong yourself. But love him, for The Great Spirit (Moneto) loves him also as he loves you."
"Respect for all life is the foundation."
(The Great Law of Peace)
AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION:
"A SAGE is ingenuous and leads his life after comprehending the parity of the killed and the killer. THEREFORE, neither does he cause violence to others nor does he make others do so."
(Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria)
"One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."
(Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria)
"Not one of you is a believer until he desires for another that which he desires for himself."
(Muhammad, 40 Hadith of an-Nawawi 13)
"Do unto all men as you would they should do unto you, and reject for them that which you would reject for yourself."
"What is hateful to you, DO NOT to your fellow man. That is the law: all the rest is commentary."
(Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
"Thou shalt LOVE thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD."
(Moses, Leviticus 19:18)
"All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them."
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
(Luke 6:31) ...