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08 MAY, 2017(MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM PHILOSOPHY PAPER – 2 – PART B

 

Q1. Is existence of God a necessary condition for the survival of religion? Explain. (2015/10/200 words)

 

Please write the answer in comments section

  • Ashish

    Existence of God is not the necessary condition for the survival of religion because there are religions like Jainism and Buddhism which do not believe in God, but still survives even before the Christian era.

    Buddhism is essentially a humanistic religion which takes man as the highest being. There is no God and therefore man is inferior to none. He himself is the central object of the religion. He can himself attain Godhood, the state of perfection. What is eternal is the transcendental spiritual status known as Nirvana. Man is capable of attaining this highest status by his own personal efforts. He doesn’t require the grace of any superior power. Likewise, Jainism also focussed on attaining kaivelya without any reference to God. But unlike, Buddhism they believe bounded-soul, which needs to be liberated.

    Hence, the central concept of religion without God is to promote fraternity & morality among human beings and their physical & spiritual upliftment etc.