Religion imposes self-discipline and introspection

2016-08-18 06:00

THE letter by ‘Atheist’ refers (“Archaic belies and brainwashing”, 11 August). Parents would prefer that their offspring meet a prospective partner and/or spouse in a “house of God” rather than in a bar.

Religion has provided believers with a code of conduct and ethics. Even though a child may be obliged to observe the code of conduct, and owing to fear of punishment, the ends justify the means. Eventually, when raised in a lawful environment, there is the acknowledgement and practice of rules in a crime-free society.

Monotheism and polytheism teach respect towards parents, teachers and elders, but there is no ancestor worship among Eastern or Western cultures. Religion imposes self-discipline and introspection. It imparts other aspects, spiritual and hygienic, for the improvement of life – cleanliness (prior to prayer), dietary control (fasts), training of the brain (learning tractates by rote), the ability to reason (exegesis), compassion and the dispensing of charity.

By the acceptance of divine intervention (as the human brain cannot encompass all understanding), consolation reduces suffering, when tragedy strikes e.g. the death of a loved one.

In a country where faith prevails, corruption and crime rates are low. Please note that my letter is not addressed to atheists abiding by ethical conduct.

Dr L.J. Peltz

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