Has Scientific progress helped much in the way of promoting Universalism ?

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Has Scientific progress helped much in the way of promoting Universalism ?

Universalism, a belief that our sphere of morality should extend to the wider world and beyond, and not limited to ourselves, is not related to our belief systems’; rather they are dependent on a complex interaction between our instinctive sense of morality and our subsequent moral choices. Science or religion are merely used as tools to justify our actions in this regard, but we alone are responsible for them.

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Living Mindfully

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Religion and Spirituality

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