May 2016

Can a Religion Be Bad?

By Swami Tyagananda, Hindu Chaplain at Harvard

People can be good or bad, but not religion. It’s people who make enemies, who fight and who kill—and it’s people who make friends, who love and who enrich life. Should religion be held responsible for what its people do?

This raises a set of thorny questions:  what is meant by “its people” in the preceding sentence?  Who amongst us can claim to be completely authentic representatives of our...

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