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What do religions all have in common?

Today's internet driven, knowledge seeking person has seen the rapid evolution of religious philosophies from around the world. From a past of rare encounters with foreign thoughts, comes a whirlwind of new ideas and everyone's version of "the ultimate truth." So what do these truths all have in common?

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  • Sep 10 2011: Care to rephrase your post Eduard Ghiur? I'm not sure I understand what you were trying to say. Are all of the 'truths' of religion bullshit or is everything that doesn't claim 'truth' bullshit?

    Mr. Savage I do not agree with your view of religion and its place in the world, but I would love to be convinced. Religion does not offer a useful moral framework; it is presented in a convoluted, contradictory set of metaphors from many different authors and editors (all human I might add) that are subjectively interpreted and selectively used to extrapolate values from (for an example of the contradictory nature most religions contain passages in their respective holy texts about loving everyone as well as killing and/or ostracizing non-believers...). Humanist principles are much more straightforward, and even better, they come naturally to all non-dysfunctional human beings (and are not subject to misinterpretation....people are instilled by societal values with a natural sense of right and wrong and this process often goes awry when religous idealogies are brought into the picture). There is no need for religious moral guidance; in fact religious ideology is a major source of well-intentioned yet completely atrocious behavior (mistreatment of gays, Jewish people, and women, mass murder, and the list goes on). Read a book by Peter Singer or any of the major moral philosophers and you'll be exposed to a much clearer picture of how to behave morally in the real world.

    Also, we have plenty of systems to maintain order without religion. Religion has always been a major source of social and political instability and remains that way even in the current day. Governments maintain social control; religion need not be involved. Faith without question is what causes people to commit wrongdoings, so it is not something to be glorified and touted as a benefit provided by religion.

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