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As an evolutionary biologist, I have personally encountered this scientific illiteracy, notably when lecturing in the Bible Belt. At the same time, I’ve been struck by how scientifically knowledgeable the audiences are when I lecture in Asian countries, particularly those strongly influenced by Buddhism. Moreover, I’ve become increasingly convinced that this correlation isn’t coincidental. My decades as a biologist, along with comparable decades as a Buddhist sympathizer, have convinced me that of all the world’s religions – and especially by contrast to the Abrahamic Big Three (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), Buddhism is unusually science-friendly.

To some extent, this might be because much of Buddhism – and certainly, the part that attracts me – isn’t a “religion” at all, but rather a way of looking at the world. Indeed, the Buddha himself is described as having emphasized that he isn’t a god and shouldn’t be treated as such. And, in fact, there are no creator deities in Buddhism, nor holy writ, and so forth.

According to Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the fourteenth Dalai Lama, “Suppose that something is definitely proven through scientific investigation, that a certain hypothesis is verified or a certain fact emerges as a result of scientific investigation. And suppose, furthermore, that that fact is incompatible with Buddhist theory. There is no doubt that we must accept the result of the scientific research.”

More than other religions – indeed, I would say, more than any other religion – Buddhism lends itself to a dialogue with science. Why? Because among the key aspects of Buddhism, we find insistence that knowledge must be gained through personal experience rather than reliance on the authority of sacred texts or the teachings of avowed masters; because its orientation is empirical rather then theoretical; and because it rejects any conception of absolutes.

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How does religion influence us today?

The same way it always has - it affects our every choice and decision because our own personal beliefs or our WORLDVIEW are based on whatever we believe.
Thus, any of the religious among us will make life choices based on our religious guidance while an atheist or agnostic will believe in only himself or some set of science or practical philosophy and use that as his personal guide.
Our worldview is extremely important to each and every one of us. Though many may not know to call their personal belief system that, our world view is basically just that - Our beliefs system and how we s…

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Which religion influence buddhism to become weak?

Buddhism will never ever become weak for any reason. Dhamma is the power and the limeline in buddhism. No religion can influence. But, Christians and Catholics are trying to make fun of this peaceful religion and its very sad to see buddha's pictures in Spa's , Bar's and various places. They are trying to disrepect our religion but Karma will give punish all of them If you are good person you will never disrespect other religions for any reason.

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How the societal views of spirituality and religion have been influenced by Buddhism

I'd have to say that the effect of Buddhism is entirely negative wherever it has gone.  Buddhists seem to think that if they really wreck their lives and the lives of others, that they can go around again and the next time, they can clean up the mess. 


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