Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are superstitions.  Buddhism is if full of superstition.  African diasporic religions that involve ancestor veneration and  divine spirits are based on superstitions.   The main religions of India; Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism,  and Buddhism depend on blind beliefs and superstitions for its existence.  Please, if any body can tell me, what religions are not superstitions?

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Comment by Michael Penn on November 26, 2013 at 12:21pm

They are superstitions every one!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2013 at 11:40am

I agree Dyslexic's DOG! You nail the effect of meditation. It is important to recognize it is not something one can do easily. It takes knowledge of how to meditate, and lots of practice. One builds power of meditation over time. Let me repeat the basic principle, meditation quiets the static going on all the time in one's brain. It makes room for focus and more effective, efficient thinking. There is no superhuman, or higher power, or need for a guru. It all happens inside one's brain.  

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on November 26, 2013 at 6:39am

So True Joan:

I had been practicing "MindSight" meditation for years now, before I even knew of a term for it.

It started out as Yoga, but simply ended up as my own form of self investigation meditation.

I looked at how Daniel Siegel described his meditation technique and suddenly I had a name for it. Though I still have occasions where I'm unable to stop random distractions from taking me away from my focus, though I have improved a lot at reigning them back into line.  Though, that's where the learning about myself occurs. Like, what is it about that particular distraction, I find difficult to control and why is it so important to me that I allow it to steal my focus????

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2013 at 2:03pm

What do prayer and meditation accomplish? A quieting of the mind, calming of the nerves, resting and relaxing into a mental state without a whole lot of static.

When a person prays to an imaginary god, and the prayer isn't answered, what do those who pray feel and do? Some accept the outcome as the "Lord's will" and stop thinking. This devise enables denial. Others feel unworthy of his/her prayer being answered. Many believe answers and comfort comes from some delusion. A good number curse god and chuck the idea out of their lives like so much sewage. 

Religion occurs in the brain. It is a fabrication of desires, hopes and fears. It supports dependency when there is no real evidence that it is worthy of trust. Too many unhealthy things happen because of a belief he/she is right, has the answer, is better than others, has a stronger god.  

An individual. free from religion, recognizes that quiet meditation with an internal focus/reality focus, helps to calm one in order to think more clearly, to reason, explore options, imagine, expand, and doubt. It empowers reasoning. It moves one to action. It recognizes the need for others in our lives and how we are stronger because of those others. It authorizes the ability to get rid of toxic people, it supports building a support system that is healthy, supportive, and confrontational when necessary. 

I will use the term "all" religions fabricate false hope and fears. 

Agreed, not all religious people think and do evil things, just as not all non-religious people think and do healthy things. That is where the "all" is out of place. Not all people fit the stereotypes. Goodness knows, non-religious people are capable of doing as toxic things as religious people. It is not the religion or non-religion that makes the difference. It is the mental health of the individual that makes the difference. 

Anyway, my conclusion is ALL religions are superstitious, without exception.  

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on November 17, 2013 at 5:22am

Tom, by the definition of Religion: The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. All Religions are Superstitions.

To be a religion, it must worship a supernatural Intelligent Agency, since there are no Supernatural Agencies that have Intelligence, all such Agencies are indeed mythical.

Belief in Mythical Agencies and Phenomenon is defined as Superstition.

Thus by the very definition of the terms, Religions are Superstitions, no Ifs, buts or Maybes.

The answer to the Title must be YES!

Though societies have Irrationally called some Non-Religions, Religions, but that is a problem with Irrational societies that forgot the definition of religion.  The IR service in the USA has declared Atheism as a religion, but this is the fault of having FuckTards in government agencies.

Technically they are Wrong, and so are they when they call other groups that don't subscribe to Superhuman controlling agencies.

Buddhism and Taoism are almost Atheistic, but they do believe in mythical supreme spiritual existences, or people reaching a high order Spiritual Afterlife through mythical agencies.  This makes them Superstitions.

There is not one properly classified Religion on planet Earth, that is not a Superstition.

Otherwise it wouldn't really be a Religion.  :-D~

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 17, 2013 at 4:04am

I'm wary of questions that include words such as all or never.

The religions I know qualify as superstitions.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on November 13, 2013 at 3:17pm

Yes Grinning:

Homeopathy = Superstition

Blind Faith (faith without verification) = Superstition,

Religion = Blind Faith = Superstition

Faith (verifiable) > Superstition

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 12, 2013 at 10:38pm

Until any of these supernatural claims are demonstrated (in which case I might argue that they become natural at that point) ...

This reminds me of a quip about another topic:

What do you call alternative medicine treatments that have been proven to work? Medicine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2013 at 10:00pm

For me, there is a bit of distinction between the words. 

Superstition implies thinking or doing something that is based on ignorance, false notions, fallacies, fears, rituals, customs, and traditions to release stress and anxiety.

Faith implies putting trust or confidence in a person, deity, doctrine, scriptures, prayers, claims, holy water, shrouds, philosophy, scripture, dogma, blood, words, places, or in beliefs in supernatural causality in which one event leads to the cause of another without any natural process linking the two or questions and doubts which cannot be settled by evidence, plus superstitions.

I suppose I think of superstitions as silly, while faith is thinking or doing  things based on significant and silly things. 


Comment by Alex on November 12, 2013 at 9:11pm

I assume that your definition of superstition is like my definition of faith: the acceptance of a proposition without being presented the qualified evidence first. Using this definition, all religions have faith/superstition; religions 'function' through faith, because they believe in some sort of supernatural or 'higher power' concept without any qualified evidence to back that up. Despite the fact that a religion like Buddhism has no gods, it still has elements of superstition and faith in a supernatural-based proposition. Until any of these supernatural claims are demonstrated (in which case I might argue that they become natural at that point), they continue to be religions that have what you call superstition and what I call faith.



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