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Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion?

A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar walk into an auditorium.

It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but the group came together for the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate and faced off two against two on the motion "The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion."

Before the Oxford-style debate, moderated by ABC News' John Donvan, the audience at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts voted 52 percent in favor of the motion and 26 percent against, with 22 percent undecided. Afterward, 59 percent of the audience agreed the world would be better off without religion, while 31 percent disagreed — making the side arguing for the motion the winners of the debate. Ten percent of the audience remained undecided.

Read more and listen to full audio of the debate here

TAGGED: RELIGION, SOCIETY


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