Is religion a personal issue or a collective matter?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (15 posts)
  1. Naveed Ahmed 624 profile image80
    Naveed Ahmed 624posted 5 years ago

    I mean should states be involved in legalizations or regulations related to religion if it is a collective matter, and if not, should it be left-up to the complete freedom of the individual to define norms and practices of his / her religion? And if it is left to the individual, how can the society cope with the cons of differences in individual beliefs and acts?

    1. Live to Learn profile image62
      Live to Learnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Belief is personal. Religion is collective. The more individual the belief the less of a danger it is to society. Collective belief which manifests into adherence to religion is dangerous primarily because it seeks to dictate belief of the individual, seeks conformity within the group and usually seeks to force its collective belief on those who do not share it. So I would say having the state legislate belief sets a very dangerous course for a free society.

  2. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    Beliefs are personal, actions that significantly effect the wellbeing of others are civic.

  3. AshutoshJoshi06 profile image85
    AshutoshJoshi06posted 5 years ago

    I think one's faith is their own but if practicising their faith influences or impacts others, than it becomes a collective matter. However as a whole the state should and has every right to interfere even if it concerns an invidual's rights. Referencing the third world specifically. That said, again would not apply for dictatorial regimes or monarchy as there's hardly individual fundamental rights there.

    If a state does take up a practise of one faith and legally abolish or set restriction to it then we shouldn't be jumping guns and viewing it as attack on religion or religious freedom, rather as a societal reform. I'll take an example from my country, the recent ban on Triple Talaq amongst Muslim faith or if you go back a little then Child Marriage ban amongst the Hindus. Here the opposing fraction especially the conservatives are or were not actually doing any good to society or the religion by opposing and fuelling unrest.

    Coming to the last part, although there should always be a defined environment to practise religion but supposedly if there is enough freedom to practise one's religion and the bs that accompanies it (applicable to all faiths) then I guess its upto people of one faith to ensure their freedom doesn't encroach upon others.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Of course a state enforced (or banned) religion is an attack on freedom of religion.  As soon as a single individual cannot choose and practice any religion (s)he wishes, that freedom is being abridged.

      1. Naveed Ahmed 624 profile image80
        Naveed Ahmed 624posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Agreed provided the freedom of choice of a religion doesn't allow actions that translate into troubles for the societal peace and harmony.

      2. psycheskinner profile image82
        psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Which may or may not be a problem.  One person my have a religion that requires them to murder witches, but their neighbor may be a witch.  Communities do regulate religious *actions*, because some religions try and regulate the lives of people who are not members of that religion.  In secular nations, that is not allowed--which I am very much in favor of.

        1. Naveed Ahmed 624 profile image80
          Naveed Ahmed 624posted 5 years agoin reply to this


  4. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Actually, there is no such thing as religion.

    Religion up to a certain point is philosophy.
    Religion beyond a certain point is politics.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image74
      Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Religion mixes deep with military and politics yet used more like tool for their means to an end- control and greed.

      On a personal level religion is used more as a social culture for organized superstitions.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image61
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Wow. Well said. Use of the phrase,"organized superstitions", will make you unloved by many, but you already know that. lol

        1. Castlepaloma profile image74
          Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I can't use use populous fake love. Give me more kindness and freedom. Then I will share  more of a friendier and loving world for all and all for one.

      2. Naveed Ahmed 624 profile image80
        Naveed Ahmed 624posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        So you mean religion has no real existence! Well it's your choice. But 90% of human intelligence doesn't reject the belief of a religion (one or the other). And it mandates that religion is not a superstition.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image74
          Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Your from Bahrain, said to be the happiest place on earth.

          Imagination was long before Religion was made up. I don"t know your Religion yet Hindu being oldest Religion had pass down many of their imagintive ideas to Judaic Christainity. Then so on to other religions with more collective stories choices by council. Religion exist through mans imagination of it.  You imagine religion as intelligent. If I pretented to agree with everything about your religion, you would think I am intelligent too. It's design for obedience, not the open deeper guestions for most part.

          The history accounting to the Bible is mostly false, so the history dose not work neither.

          Since the earth's mass is 99% unknown collectively to mankind. Meaning humans are not that intelligent and humans are the most dangerious animal on this planet. I can pick another species I am more impress with. There are plenity of other humans that would think alike along with me.  Am I any less intelligence than a person who perpares their entire life for heaven and lives for the goat herders guild to the Universe?

  5. colorfulone profile image82
    colorfuloneposted 5 years ago

    We are individuals, period.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)