The “Good Religion” Quiz

Religious (and other canonical) texts are not all bad. In fact, many of them contain profound moral insights and wisdom consistent with humanism. In discussions on morality, I find it disturbing when people say “if only everyone believed Religion X…” then the world would be a better place. Gross simplifications of this kind are just not good.

The challenge given below is to match each moral statement with one of the religious figures. Many of these statements are similar or the same, but each statement has a unique author.

Moral Statement

Religious/Moral Figure

1. “Love means giving selflessly, excluding none and including all.”

2. “Do not do unto others as you would not have them do unto you.”

3. “Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all.”

4. “Do you love your creator? Love your fellow-beings first.”

5. “Be not partial towards them in love above many others, but let thy love be for them as for thyself; and let thy love abound unto all men.”

6. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

7. “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule.”

8. “Practice truth, contentment and kindness; this is the most excellent way of life.”

9. “Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

  1. Rama
  2. Muhammed
  3. Buddha
  4. Confucius
  5. Jesus
  6. Guru Sahib
  7. Krishna
  8. Lao Tzu
  9. Joseph Smith

Easy? Hard? Feel free to comment on this quiz. But don’t cheat! I’ll post the answers in a few days.

The point of this is that it isn’t clear that the world would be a better place if we only followed one religion. Love and kindness are not Catholic values or Protestant values or Muslim values or Hindu values. These are human values, and it is about time we recognize them as such and work to make the world a better place together.


Posted on December 20, 2011, in Humanism, Religion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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