It is not for me to say whether religion (that is to say, the acts committed in the name of religion, since an abstract ideology or belief system cannot in itself produce any concrete effects) has caused more harm than good. I leave such judgements to others who are better informed, or wiser, than I am. It does appears to me, however, that the harm done in the name of religion over the centuries has greatly obscured the good done in its name. I am open to correction if my impression is wrong in that respect. It is true, human nature being what it is, that the good that is done in the world often goes unsung – forgotten, minimized or dismissed as uninteresting – while the bad that is done keeps our attention riveted…

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