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    Re: What's a religion?

    What's a religion?
    For some people it's just another stick to beat the dog with. (Do you have that saying in the US?)
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    No...we don't beat dogs. Instead we beat dead horses...
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    Re: What's a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roknrol View Post
    No...we don't beat dogs. Instead we beat dead horses...
    Ah, that's different. Beating a dead horse here is keeping on with something that obviously isn't going to work. A stick to beat the dog with means an excuse to throw your weight around and bully people. Thanks for the explanation Rok!
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    It wasn't a very good one, apparently - I guess I misunderstood the meaning of the dog thing. Beating a dead horse means the same over here.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    I would say that religion is the belief in and worship of something bigger than you are, whether that be a god, a pantheon of gods, or even just a concept.

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    The subset of culture dealing with the percieved fundamental nature of reality which is not testable by empirical evidence.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    A set of beliefs surrounding a God/Goddess/Gods/Goddesses/Deity/Deities etc

    I found out the other day that Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophy because it has none of the above (That was the gist)
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    Re: What's a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia-Mary View Post
    A set of beliefs surrounding a God/Goddess/Gods/Goddesses/Deity/Deities etc

    I found out the other day that Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophy because it has none of the above (That was the gist)
    Well...thats the thing, there really is no universally agreed upon definition of religion. For example---legally (as determined by the Supreme Court in the US in US v Seeger) religion (and this is paraphrased) is pretty much any sincerely held belief is God or belief that is held that occupies the same role in one's life that God does.

    IMO (based on several different definitions, scholars, etc) Religion is the set of practices one engages AND the belief (which those practices are centered upon) in a form of divinity or its equivalent (such as the teachings of a spiritual leader or predecessor--ie. Buddha). TBH, I think religion is more about what one does than what one believes.

    Buddhism (in this example) can really be both a philosophy and a religion (as can Druidry)--dependent upon they practice and how they view and engage with their beliefs.
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    Re: What's a religion?

    We should separate faith and religion. There are people with a strong faith without religion, and religious fanatics without faith.

    Faith is an inner belief in something beyond our material world. It is through our soul and spirit we relate to and interact with something immaterial and bigger than us.

    Through our intellect we try and formalize this belief into rituals, creating a religion.

    Combining faith and religion we can have a better world.

    Removing faith from religion and we have a psychopathic system.

    It is better to have faith without religion than religion without faith.

    Atheism is a religion as LiadanWillows so rightly pointed out.

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    Re: What's a religion?

    Religion is a way of life that governs your actions, guides your thoughts and determines your goals. It can be a force for personal change and positive empowerment. It is emotional, often evoking: pride, hatred, frustration, contentment and wonder. It is capable of dividing, uniting, creation and destruction.

    At it most base level, Religion is a life raft; To be alive is to be marching towards death, and along this way you are constantly dodging adversity or tripping over obstacles and falling flat on your face. Faith and the belief that beyond your situation there is something else, whatever it may be, that can affect your life or promise a change is attractive.
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