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I think a theistic worldview has no place in the developed or developing world. I don't think a theistic worldview can contribute to modern society at all; at its best, it is a poison subculture undermining progress and at its worst it is terrorism and toxic to culture altogether. I.e. humanities verdict based on reflection of interloping religious dogmatism within society.
It largely depends upon the religion in question. Religions that tend to attack market forces, profit seeking, and knowledge seeking are likely far worse than those that don't. It's quite possible that a religion encouraging prosperity and truth seeking could be a positive force for (human and economic) development.
Religion in the US leads the way in preventing stem-cell research. There are potentially huge advancements that may come from this research. Fortunately there are other countries in the world that allow this, but it does leave the US looking rather silly.
4 months ago
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It was a theistic world view, or more correctly the practice of it, that perpetuated medieval ignorance and the suffering the accompanied it. Also led to despicable endeavors like witch hunts, the Inquisition and Crusades. The Black Plague was contrived as a punishment from god, not a medical catastrophe thanks to the insistence of small minded theists. The advancement of science and human knowledge was suppressed for centuries by organizations of theists. Now what has been learned by man and can be no longer denied by religion becomes woven with the very dogma that once opposed it. The spread of instant worldwide communications is slowly, too slowly, allowing the average human access to insight into the falsehoods and misdeeds perpetuated by faiths of fear and mythical promises.
Development of what? Define "theistic". Being a theist means nothing to millions of people.
I think that the Christian worldview has contributed to the development of civilization, science, music, art, literature, family values, law and order, social work, charity, etc in a most positive and powerful manner. Want to start with Mother Teresa or Francis Bacon. Can't bring the whole library here.