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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The impact of religion is pervasive.  Religion flavors all aspects of human life.  Religion has influenced human evolution for thousands of years.


Just as we learn about chemistry, biology, and psychology, learning about religion helps us understand ourselves as a species, and how we came to be who we are.  That understanding may also help us understand how to function in a world where the majority of humans continue to be religious.



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


Discussion Forum

Where, and what, is Hell?

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Michael Penn Dec 10, 2014. 42 Replies

The Americas before 1491.

Started by Daniel W Dec 25, 2013. 0 Replies

Religion in the Neolithic Age.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W May 28, 2013. 1 Reply

Intro to "Getting Religion"

Started by Daniel W May 23, 2013. 0 Replies

Origins of Religion in the Paleolithic Age

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W May 21, 2013. 26 Replies

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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

Comment by Daniel W on May 23, 2013 at 10:38am

Link added to intro - chart of the world's 43 biggest religions / religious belief systems.

The Big Religion Chart.

It's difficult to be both concise and complete.  This chart aims for comprehensive in breadth, but depth requires other sources.  

Comment by Daniel W on May 22, 2013 at 9:28pm

Here is a neolithic stele from around 2,500 BC in Montagnac, France. I could not find much info about the stele - here is one link.

Comment by Daniel W on May 21, 2013 at 9:26pm
Comment by Daniel W on May 16, 2013 at 9:24pm

Starting again with this group.  I've neglected it.  The fact is, a lot of my online activity has not resulted in my learning more, becoming a better person, or becoming happier.  For me, a more left brain approach is needed.  Social media are more right brain I think.

Regardless, I think I'll post more info regarding the religion and religions, how they evolved, how they affect us, how they affect how we came to me who we are.

I think the prior topics are interesting.  At this point, will add topics that pique my interest regarding religion and see where it goes.  Hope there is interest and maybe some discussion.  But even if it's just autodidactic, that's fine too.

Comment by Daniel W on December 31, 2011 at 11:06am

Steph, thank you SO MUCH!  This is something I wanted to get off the ground for a long time.  

Comment by Steph S. on December 31, 2011 at 12:54am
Learning much here - thanks!

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