Religion advances civilization. Religions strive to learn from the past. Religion should be that conscience-strengthening force that offers a check to indiscriminate materialism, prompting and exhorting us to care for our souls at least as much as we care for our bodies.
Those universal spiritual principles which lie at the heart of religion -- tolerance, compassion, love, justice, humility, sacrifice, trustworthiness, dedication to the well-being of others, and unity -- are the foundations of progressive civilization.
One such role is that of the religious practitioner, whose career and livelihood intimately connect with religion. For instance, the social cohesion among the members of a terrorist group is high, but in a broader sense, religion is obviously resulting in conflict without questioning its actions against other members of society.
Biden believes in the goodness of people. The Bible reveals most clearly who God is, why we were created, what went wrong and how we can be restored again. However, as the division of labor makes the individual seem more important, religious systems increasingly focus on individual salvation and conscience.
Kennedy inspired him to enter politics, which he saw as a noble profession.
A meta-analysis of 34 recent studies published between and found that religiosity has a salutary relationship with psychological adjustment. Where is G-d? Religion has been a dominant cultural, ethical, and political force throughout human history, both recent and ancient.