Comparative Religion 101


Comparative Religion 101

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Mono-theism vs. polytheism

Started by Lana. Last reply by Steph S. Oct 3, 2011. 2 Replies

Given that we recognize that religion is man-made, I really think that understanding the needs that drive us to religion or hold us in it are important.  It's kind of like diagnosing common a…Continue

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Comment by Regina Goodwin on February 17, 2012 at 7:21pm

There was a heated discussion in the Thursday nite church meeting regarding which religion is famous for its prosleytyzing.  I did not attend but you could hear everything up to the third floor.  The minister made the comment that anyone who is a Buddhist is going to hell and that this is a violent religion and that xtians should try to abolish it once and for all.

My question is:  Has anyone heard or read anything about the Buddhists prosleytyzing or committing some act of violence against anyone or another religion?

Comment by alexa penzner on September 30, 2011 at 8:22pm

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        Neil Tyson

Comment by alexa penzner on September 30, 2011 at 8:21pm

guys - you got to see this video (and the others).  Neit Tyson is the best person to come along since  - forever.  (carl sagan just falls by the way side 0 he always bored me anyway.) 

so watch this and let us know your thoughts.  (it come from Darrell Smith from Black Freethought. (write him, too.)



Comment by Natalie A Sera on September 23, 2011 at 8:20pm
Great thought, alexa! You already know the perspective I'm going to bring in; I was perfectly satisfied with my own religion when I believed in god, and as I have matured, it has been just a growing away from belief, not any attraction to anyone else's belief. I just don't need magic, although that doesn't mean I don't think about the meaning of life, preservation of the planet, or eternity, dimension or nothingness. So you can expect my usual! :-)
Comment by alexa penzner on September 23, 2011 at 1:45am

all religions seem to have some sort of "magic" involved. the sky god is magic in 'his' own way - and definitely the pagans believe in it. i wonder how much of it that people actually experience is, besides being created in their heads, is somehow communicated between people. what exactly is that chemistry that exists between good friends and partners? why is it either there or not there? when a group or circle of people create the atmosphere of prayer or meditation, is there some sort of communication that goes beyond words or vision which creates the bonding of the group? (i'm not talking about cults here - that's  a whole other psychological niche.) i have also been told of experiences where 'magic' occurs - sequences of events that are just more than coincidences. how can there be 4 different coincidental events involving one or two people in a  cycle that appears to connect all of them with much detail? what is happening? 

this is what one a friend told me; he is a pagan and 'talks' with Hecate: he is attacked in his apartment, the man runs away and he runs after him. at the bottom of the stairs of his building, as he is running, there just happens to be a trained, police dog there who follows the perp and helps him to catch his quarry.  he talks to his sister in another city, she is worried about her pregnancy. she goes out and sees a beautiful woman in the street, dressed in a black cloak, who is staring at her. the sister feels she should say hello to this woman just to be polite. the woman tells her everything will be all right and walks away.  two more things happen involving 2 animals associated with Hecate - all in a short period of time to him and his sister.  Huh!? some things can be explained by deep imaginings, but others, i don't know.  

 i am definitely an atheist, but studying these events and behaviors is interesting. not everything is cut and dried, not even 'pure' science.  

Comment by alexa penzner on September 23, 2011 at 1:16am
hi steph - yes, ut was Mabon and her son - i am starting to learn all this stuff - it's fascinating.  there are as many different pagans out there as christians-  i look up that site - thanks
Comment by alexa penzner on September 22, 2011 at 10:01am
mark - interesting about the god through man controlling nature.  american indians were 'with nature', also.  i don't believe in gods, but i do have a spiritual connection with the earth. for that reason, i find some pagan-gaia rituals very meditative.
Comment by Markcincy on September 22, 2011 at 8:40am

Pagans were much more based on being a part of nature. Christians twisted things to where a god acting through man was meant to control nature for man. Although much is not known of ancient Pagan rituals and beliefs they seem to have had a less destructive view of the natural world. I used to consider myself a Pagan but now feel that Atheism is more relevant to me  because I dont believe in deities,gods,or other fairy tales.

Comment by alexa penzner on September 22, 2011 at 12:25am

ok, so i went to a pagan ritual for the start of autumn.  there is a goddess who has 3 ages: youth, middle and old age.  the fall is the crone's time. she represents wisdom and it is the time of the year when one takes stock of one's life, renews goals, and generally thinks about the past and the future for oneself.

 remind anyone of something?  in the jewish religion, we celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and what do we do? we take stock of our lives so far, ask forgiveness of anyone we've wronged or hurt, and generally    think about the past and the future. (this is all somewhat simplified, but is the basic idea.)  i was blown away - this idea goes back into the dawn of religion - to the the Celts and the Druids!! so much of our 'modern' western religions are based on the earth's cycle of seasons and turning - pagan rituals.  christmas is celebrated on saturnalia (also festivals of lights to bring the sun's return), easter and passover on the spring rites and rituals, and, of course, sukkot and thanksgiving on the harvest. hallowe'en is the pagan new year.

   any thoughts?

Comment by alexa penzner on September 22, 2011 at 12:09am

argh - this has no edit thing !!!!!!


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