“A cosmos without known cause or fate is an intellectual
prison; we long to believe that the great drama has a just author and a noble end,” (Durant, 1929).
Mention the word religion in a group with diverse beliefs and its purpose appears to be to causes strife, argument, and division. Vilified as a prison, or even opium for the weak; religion is also heralded as the wisdom of the ages, a path to eternity, a worldview of hope. A quick search provides several opinions.
- To explain the unknown. (wiki.answers.com)
- Relate humanity to spirituality and moral values. (Religion)
- “ . . . to guide, educate, and enlighten people.” (Noona, 2007)
- “The moral virtue by which a person is disposed to render to God the worship and service he deserves. . . . Religion thus corresponds to the practice of piety toward God as Creator of the universe. (Etym. probably Latin religare, to tie, fasten, bind, or relegere, to gather up, treat with care.) (Religion)
I went through a time trying to distance myself with the term “Religion”.
I wanted to be “Spiritual” instead. But, in order to live and learn
in relationship with like-minded people I find myself inevitably back in a “religion”.
I have contented myself with the definition that spiritual beliefs are private to an individual. Religion is the public organizational structure that naturally occurs when associating with like-minded individuals. Activities develop into a cultural tradition. These steps of enlightenment on a particular spiritual path are then canonized into a “religion”.
“It is not the fundamentals of the religions that cause bigotry and warfare, but the superstitions and human interpretations.”
(Inge Grunwaldt, 2008)
Taking the High Road.
“The idea of God is the most influential idea in the world.” (Mortimer J. Adler) Three concepts differentiate the five basic religious views. Concept of God. Concept of salvation. Concept of heaven/afterlife.
The following links are part of the collective discussion via video. I include them for their contribution to this discussion. Any comments found with them outside this blog are outside of my control.
History of Religion in 2 minutes
See also: http://www.mapsofwar.com/ind/history-of-religion.html
Introduction to World Religions
Religion Family Tree
Culture and Religion Around the World
Why do you believe your religion is the true one?
Feel free to join a discussion based on the following questions. Please use respectful language in your post.
- How do you personally explain your religious viewpoint so someone with another belief system?
- Which group or belief system would you find hardest to relate to/tolerate, and why?