Getting Religion

Nontheists understand that religion is wrong. We discuss religions, rant about them, and fight them. Do we understand them? The goal of here is to learn about religions, how they developed, what they beleive, what makes them tick.

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"Getting Religion" means understanding religions.


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Like the air we breathe, religion is everywhere.  As far back as we have studied, probably to paleolithic times and our Neanderthal relatives, religion is part of the human consciousness, government, family, medicine, and human understanding of nature.


Religion dominates politics and governments in most the world in our time and all times in the past.  Many of our families and workplaces and towns are saturated with religion.  The better we understand religion, the better we know our world.



Intro to "Getting Religion" - what the group is about.

Paleolithic origins of religion.

Religion in the Neolithic Age.




Here is a link that summarizes the 43 biggest religious or religious belief systems, in the world today.  This is the "Big Religion Chart".


To me, religions are like science fiction.  I like the worlds of Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek, and X-Files, and I like reading about Zoroastrianism, Aztec cosmology, and Catholic papal  intrigues.

-Sentient Biped 5/29/2013


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Comment by tom sarbeck on April 26, 2017 at 11:11pm
Twelve years of indoctrination in Catholic schools resulted in something probably like addiction. i was able to 'kick my need to believe" only after trauma "cleared my mind". Quitting religion soon followed.

That was in 1957. What I still find remarkable is that the indoctrination was so successful, and my defenses so strong, that no one would have reasoned me away.

I needed to believe partly because I grew up in an occasionally violent home and really wanted a life better than I was living.
Comment by Daniel W on January 17, 2016 at 1:06pm

Mike, addictive drugs have pervaded every corner of our society.   I wish I knew better answers.  You are right - the one thing we can do is tell everyone to stay away from drugs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 17, 2016 at 12:26pm

Mike, I am so sorry you have been through the grief of dealing with loved ones who make bad choices. Thank you for sharing your story; your reminder can make a difference. 

Comment by Michael Penn on January 17, 2016 at 11:05am

Many thanks for all the sypathy due to the loss of my grandson. He was murdered January 10th and we had the funeral yesterday. You can Google "Austin Lusty killed in Sullivan, Missouri" to view reports but this is in no way accurate. The real story is much different, and all this happened because of drugs and gangbanging. He had only been out of prison since Thanksgiving. Please try and keep your friends and relatives away from drugs if you want to keep them alive.

Comment by Daniel W on January 17, 2016 at 10:49am

I re-wrote the intro to this group.

There is a Great Courses course, called "Exploring the Roots of Religion".  I will start that now.  The course is available on Audible - my source, or on "The Great Courses . com" for $25.  It's on Amazon, used, for $8.45.  

The intro states "Stonehenge. Machu Picchu. The Acropolis. The Great Pyramids at Giza. Sites such as these have captivated the world for centuries—even millennia—since their creation. They are works of great beauty whose construction required spectacular feats of engineering, involved the efforts of hundreds of thousands of individuals, and incurred a tremendous financial cost on the civilizations that created them." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2016 at 1:13am

Sadly, one of our members, Michael Penn, will attend the funeral of his grandson, Austin Lusty, this Saturday at 11 AM.

Comment by Daniel W on January 18, 2015 at 10:59pm

For what it's worth, here are the religious holidays for January.  Be sure to ask for paid holiday time for each and every one.

Sorry, we are already more than 1/2 way through the month.  Better luck in February.

1 Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian Feast of St Basil - Orthodox Christian Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto 5 Twelfth Night - Christian Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh 6 Epiphany - Christian Feast of the Theophany - Orthodox Christian Dia de los Reyes - Christian Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox Christian 7 Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian 11 Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian 13 Maghi - Sikh 18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins - Christian World Religion Day * - Baha'i (begins sundown on 17 ) 19 Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian 24 Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu 25 Conversion of St. Paul - Christian

Comment by Daniel W on September 24, 2013 at 8:37am

Cem thanks for the video link.

Comment by Cem Yıldız on September 23, 2013 at 3:21pm

The documentary about Göbeklitepe, the first known temple in the world (even before people started agriculture) which is 12,000 years old (built 7000 years earlier than pyramids or Stonehenge).

Comment by Daniel W on May 25, 2013 at 10:16am

Garden of Eden

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By Erastus Salisbury Field


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