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26-02-2011, 03:49 AM
 
Are all religions equal?
Everyone goes around telling that we should respect every religion. all religions are equal. they are all a means to an end, but if it is then why does everyone one go back and claim that they belong to one religion and not the other?
i know people who would go to different worship places, then why do they even have to belong to one? Is belonging to a religion like being patriotic, love all the people but guard the boundaries of your own country?
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26-02-2011, 02:21 PM
RE: Are all religions equal?
I don't think so. Some religions are worse than others. Take Jainism for example, I think their doctrines can be pretty harmless, even If I don't agree with them. How are we defining religion also? Taoism has alot to offer, though I wouldn't consider it a religion and more of a philosophy, like Buddhism (if you the the supernatural bull)

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27-02-2011, 12:31 AM
RE: Are all religions equal?
(26-02-2011 03:49 AM)lostandfound Wrote:  Is belonging to a religion like being patriotic, love all the people but guard the boundaries of your own country?

Good point. I think you are right.

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27-02-2011, 01:18 AM
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All religions are definitely not created equal, Monotheistic religions usually end up hating everything that isn't their religion and I trust them the least, Polytheistic religions tend to be more interesting than dangerous, also more on the accepting side, atheistic religions tend to be more like spiritual philosophies. I have never had much problems with a Polytheist, except the ones I have met seemed childish in their beliefs, which is completely acceptable.

Anyways, there are religions that preach hate, there are others that preach love and practice hate, and there are some that just tell stories and explain things, and others which teach you to be a good person. That makes them very not equal, descriminate against the religion accordingly (however do not descriminate against the PEOPLE of the religion, for they do not follow verbatim their teachings).
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27-02-2011, 09:01 AM
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It's proven that religions are not equal in the eyes of society due to the fact that they're "truth" is measured by how many believe them. Christianity is a cult as much as plenty of the religions that are called cults but it has more believers. There is a serious inequality since number of believers determines the religions "truth".

I'm not a non believer, I believe in the possibility of anything. I just don't let the actuality of something be determined by a 3rd party.
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27-02-2011, 03:00 PM
 
RE: Are all religions equal?
What is the determining factor?

Is it plausibility? If so, then all religions are equally implausible.

Is it morality/effect on society? Then, you start to get some differences.
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28-02-2011, 01:31 PM
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All religions are the same in the sense they make supernatural assumptions and require faith not evidence.
Some religions have more hateful ideologies than others - and all monotheistic faiths have some very violent commandments in their holy books - lucky for us not all members(most) don't apply them.
As for the degree of BS I think Buddhism makes the fewest supernatural assumptions - reincarnation and karma.And at least karma is somewhat plausible.

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28-02-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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(28-02-2011 01:31 PM)gaglamesh731 Wrote:  at least karma is somewhat plausible.

Can you explain?
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28-02-2011, 03:46 PM
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(28-02-2011 01:41 PM)TruthAddict Wrote:  
(28-02-2011 01:31 PM)gaglamesh731 Wrote:  at least karma is somewhat plausible.

Can you explain?

Plausible from a social standpoint - you behave like a dick , people treat you like a dick.You help people , chances are they'll help you also.
I said it was plausible - I never said it was proven or that I believe in it.

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28-02-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Makes sense. There is also the psychological factor- similar to how praying that you will do well on the test tomorrow may embolden someone to perform better due to the psychological reassurance they have.
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