Ratzinger refutes claim that denying God's existence would lead to peace
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Since: Feb 11
Pale Blue Dot
#1 Dec 24, 2012
The man in the adorned smock "said in his Christmas Eve mass on Monday that religion can be corrupted, leading to violence and wars, but refuted critics who claim that denying God's existence would lead to peace."
He then went on to pray for peace in "for Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries."
Just in case the ex-Nazi doesn't realize it, these are some of the World's most religious countries, and either are currently or have been in a constant state of war and violence.
Meanwhile, the World's least religious countries are at peace and have been for quite a while:
1. Sweden (up to 85% non-believer, atheist, agnostic)
6. Czech Republic
9. South Korea
10. Estonia (up to 49% non-believer, atheist, agnostic)
#2 Dec 26, 2012
In other words, Herr Ratzinger has disagreed with the idea that denying the existence of god would lead to world peace. That's a far different thing from refuting the idea. Refutation is proving that an idea is incorrect. Disagreement can be as trivial as the automatic gainsaying of anything someone else says, with no factual or logical basis needed. I can disagree that the sun rises in the east, but my mere statement of disagreement does not refute the science that says it does.
Perhaps he'd like to start with trying to refute the idea that belief in god tends to increase the rate of buggery by priests.
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