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To lead a moral life we’re better off without religion

We need simple compassion not sanction-driven authoritarianism

By Andrew Copson  
In 2009 the British Humanist Association launched adverts for atheism

In 2009 the British Humanist Association launched adverts for atheism © AKIRA SUEMORI / AP/Press Association Image

A survey carried out in 2014 found that most people in Britain think that religion does more harm than good. Only a quarter think the opposite. But is the majority opinion correct? Certainly you can’t answer the question with a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation: inquisitions vs charitable hospitals, crusades vs almshouses, 9/11 vs campaigns against slavery, all totted up to give a final answer.

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