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Q. What is the place of religion in the modern age?

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    Throughout the ages man has believed in some sort of religion.
    It is thought that without religion he cannot comprehend the
    real purpose of his existence. In fact, religion has had a
    definite place in society and will continue to play a vital part
    in this age of science.

    While science and technology might assist man in improving his
    physical conditions, surroundings and economic standards,
    religion and ethics help to develop his personality and inner
    self. Man may live in comfort and prosperity and yet have no
    peace of mind. Even in a highly affluent society like that of
    the United States of America, it is realised that wealth and
    power are not everything. Spiritual progress is intrinsic and
    shows itself in inner satisfaction and sense of fulfilment.

    Moreover, modern society dominated by technology cannot be
    regarded as an ideal society. It suffers from great strains and
    a sense of frustration and futility. Science has now given the
    man the power to destroy his own civilization and the human
    race. It is religion alone that can save society from such a
    catastrophe and check the erosion of human values. It reinforces
    basic ethical values and discourages racial prejudice, economic
    exploitation and social injustice. Religion like science is
    devoted to the service of man. Religion corrects the
    lopsidedness of science, because without moral and spiritual
    foundations, science can bring ruination to mankind. Religion
    and ethics humanise the scientist and make him realize his
    social responsibility. It shifts the emphasis in science and
    industry from exploitation and power to social uplift, peace and
    co-operation. Man must be the master and not the slave of
    machines.

    Great scientists themselves realize the limitations of science.
    They look to religion to remedy the social evils. According to
    Dr. Julian Huxley: "Religion of some sort is probably a
    necessity." One need not accept the dogmas of religion, but one
    must appreciate its search for Truth and its endeavour for the
    uplift of the masses. Prof. A.N. Whitehead says in this
    connection. "The future of civilization depends on the degree to
    which we can balance the forces of Science and Religion."
     
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