Do you believe that religion is a form of superstition? Why? Why not?

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  1. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

    Do you believe that religion is a form of superstition?  Why?  Why not?

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  2. Akriti Mattu profile image75
    Akriti Mattuposted 3 years ago

    It surely is . For starters, it is a concept created by man himself. Rationality and objectivity are both missing in any religion of the world. Worst thing is that with the evolving human race, religion was supposed to evolve too. But it didn't. People are still blinded by things written in books thousands of years ago.

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      TheBizWhizposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Money is also a concept created by man, but that doesn't make it a superstition.

    2. Austinstar profile image86
      Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Biz, money is indeed a superstition. The notion that pieces of paper have vast power is about as superstitious as you can get.

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      TheBizWhizposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Money is not superstition. It gives u the power to buy things. If you look up the meaning of superstition, u will c it deals w/ the supernatural. What u suggest is that some people's opinion is more money is more power, which in most ways it is.

    4. Kiss andTales profile image78
      Kiss andTalesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I so agree with BizWiz , true Religion has left a bad name under many titles,  And a good example of this is money, there is bad money. And good money, but who really is saying I do not need it.
      Religion will be Judge by God first.

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    TheBizWhizposted 3 years ago

    No I do not. It is a form of spirituality. It is a philosophy. It is on a worldwide grand scale. It has members. It is an institution. It transcends political borders, cultures, and ethnicity, which is not common in superstitions. 

    It can, however, be argued that there are superstitions within each religion, but religion itself is not superstition.

    1. Akriti Mattu profile image75
      Akriti Mattuposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      If only people understood that there is a HUGE difference between faith and blind faith. All thanks to blind faith the world is becoming more intolerant day by day.Bigots and fundamentalism are taking over. Your comparison bw money&religion is la

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      TheBizWhizposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      faith: belief that is not based on truth.
      There is no difference between faith and blind faith, therefore you are presenting a straw-man fallacy because it is your subjective meaning of the terms.

  4. Austinstar profile image86
    Austinstarposted 3 years ago

    I always suspected superstition was a large part of religion. Even as a child, the notion that the church believes that once you are dipped in a tub of water by a "religious leader" would guarantee you a place in "heaven" was pretty crazy to me.
    Once you step outside of religious dogma and really examine the things that happen in the name of the "holy men", you will begin to see exactly how much superstition there really is!
    Every religious ritual is based on superstition. The waving of the smoke filled thingys are hang overs from when people believed the spirits (good or bad) wafted around in vapors.
    The Jewish rituals are amazingly superstitious. They still believe to this day that waving a chicken around someone's head will absolve their sins. And circumcision is the most horrid superstition of them all.
    The Catholics have almost outdone them, though. And the Protestants just traded one set of superstitions for another set that they liked better.
    Seriously, just stand around and watch these rituals with an open mind and it's really easy to see how silly they all are.
    There is nothing practical about it.
    "An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome." is what both religion and superstition actually is!
    Making the sign of the cross, eating and drinking the flesh and blood of Christ, sprinkling "holy" water on a baby, circumcising a baby, smashing a glass under your feet when you get married, snake handling, speaking in tongues, even praying for your car to start in the morning or to pass a test. All superstition!
    The belief that any of these actions brings "good fortune" or, by omission, brings "bad luck", is all just an irrational belief.
    Open your eyes and pay attention to what you are doing and saying. Most of it doesn't make sense.
    It's also easier to see these superstitions if you look outside your own particular brand of religion. If you are Christian, look at the Jewish rituals. Now pretend you are Jewish and look at your own rituals!
    Can you see the superstition?

  5. Say Yes To Life profile image79
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years ago

    Both religion and superstition are ways mankind explained the unexplainable, before scientific discoveries proved otherwise.  Regarding Jewish laws of circumcision and kosher foods, science has proven these true; men who have been circumcised experience less cancer, and so do their partners.  Kosher foods are healthier than non-kosher ones.  Other religious beliefs, such as treating women like chattel and forbidding birth control, have been proven damaging by science.  Positive religions adjust; negative ones cling to old beliefs.

 
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