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Religion is one of Lucretius favorite topics to argue against in his poem On the Nature of Things What religion does to man and the fear of the life after death that is instilled on the living is unjust per Lucretius For while the nature of the gods must necessarily of itself enjoy immortality the life of men lay foully groveling crushed beneath the wait of a Religion Throughout the texts I find Lucretius to be very harsh towards religion Religion brought down under our feet is bruised in turn and his victory sets us on a level with heaven Epicurus is the savior that gave many the ability to see the soul and the truth This famous crime fighter and conqueror of evil is the example Lucretius follows whenever he writes For the Romans who were reading this sacrilege would probably be on the tip of their tongues however Lucretius is wise enough to point out the crimes of religion as a counter for the reader He goes even further and describes the death of Iphegenia at the hands of Agamemnon her father solely for the ability to carry out his plans for war against Troy Iphegenias death was required by Agamemnons religion to proceed with the war Herein lies the evil that Lucretius is trying to show us If we look at other tragedies or comedies the same theme is present through them all If we really wanted to we could find examples of religion and the evils it brings to our children and ourselves today in modern times Just look to the Middle East and the Muslim terrorists using Allah against America There are many other examples to show in support of Lucretius ideas on religion but lets move on Religion according to Lucretius is an unnecessary evil for did men but know that there was a fixed limit to their woes they would be able in some measure to defy
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