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Religiously Confusing

November 11, 2009

Religion can be a confusing thing. When we talk about religion do we necessarily imply belief in supernatural beings? What qualifies as a supernatural being? How about aliens, vampires or the great pumpkin? How is a philosophy different than a religion? Are humans, as a species, inherently religious? The questions go on and on.

In some Christian circles, Christianity doesn’t count as a religion. Witness this shirt available at Christian Book Distributors:

Front Design: CHRISTIANITY is not a religion with black paint spots in the background.
Back Design: RELIGION IS HUMANS trying to work their way to God. CHRISTIANITY IS GOD coming to men and women through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Nothing like all caps to make your point. I’m guessing that Hammurapi thought he had a relationship with the gods through Shamash, but you see there point.

Yet, yesterday Pat Robertson stated that Islam is not a religion:

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Christianity isn’t a religion, and Islam isn’t a religion? What exactly would be a religion? How about vampires and zombies?

Truly, this is religiously confusing.

  1. Steve Wiggins permalink
    November 11, 2009 1:30 pm

    Does that technically make Christianity an aberration then? Nothing like being special!

  2. Sarah permalink
    November 11, 2009 5:14 pm

    Maybe ‘Religion’ actually IS a smile on a dog?

    • Sarah permalink
      November 11, 2009 5:21 pm

      Wow… that randomly generated Christmas Tree Wolf seems poignant and yet cynical, as it seems fraught with unresolved internal angst as it stretches out its arms in a gesture of embrace that is simultaneously reminiscent of altruistic compassion and predatorial desire. It is the wolf in pine clothing that one must not trust in the coming ‘Religious’ season. One can only wonder whether it’s expression is a true smile of happiness. Hmmmm…

      • November 11, 2009 5:48 pm

        And this is why I’m happy to be married to you.

  3. andrewbourne permalink
    November 12, 2009 8:01 am

    I thought Lessing had a copyright on the religion section or rather his ditch!

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