Is religion good or bad?

For many in the aid industry, religion is a powerful ingredient in the overall stew of our thoughts and assumptions about the why, and the how, and even the what of what we do. Expect a few more mini-polls about religion in the future. But for now, let’s just keep it very simple:

Based on all you’ve seen as out in the world as an aid or development worker, no matter where you are in the industry, is religion good or bad? On balance, is religion a force for good in the world, or is it a force for bad?

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* 1. Which of the following best describes you?

* 2. Based on what you've seen and what you know from your experience related to aid or development work, is religion on balance a force for good, or a force for bad in the world?

* 3. Say why you think what you think. Argue your point. (optional)

* 4. Do you consider yourself to be a person of faith?

* 5. Any questions, additional thoughts, or comments?