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Comparative Religion 101



or the free and thoughtful interchange of all history and ideas: religious and non-religious, so we can learn from each other.


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Mono-theism vs. polytheism

Started by Lana. Last reply by Steph S. Oct 3, 2011. 2 Replies

Given that we recognize that religion is man-made, I really think that understanding the needs that drive us to religion or hold us in it are important.  It's kind of like diagnosing common a…Continue

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Comment by Markcincy on September 22, 2011 at 8:40am

Pagans were much more based on being a part of nature. Christians twisted things to where a god acting through man was meant to control nature for man. Although much is not known of ancient Pagan rituals and beliefs they seem to have had a less destructive view of the natural world. I used to consider myself a Pagan but now feel that Atheism is more relevant to me  because I dont believe in deities,gods,or other fairy tales.

Comment by alexa penzner on September 22, 2011 at 12:25am

ok, so i went to a pagan ritual for the start of autumn.  there is a goddess who has 3 ages: youth, middle and old age.  the fall is the crone's time. she represents wisdom and it is the time of the year when one takes stock of one's life, renews goals, and generally thinks about the past and the future for oneself.

 remind anyone of something?  in the jewish religion, we celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and what do we do? we take stock of our lives so far, ask forgiveness of anyone we've wronged or hurt, and generally    think about the past and the future. (this is all somewhat simplified, but is the basic idea.)  i was blown away - this idea goes back into the dawn of religion - to the the Celts and the Druids!! so much of our 'modern' western religions are based on the earth's cycle of seasons and turning - pagan rituals.  christmas is celebrated on saturnalia (also festivals of lights to bring the sun's return), easter and passover on the spring rites and rituals, and, of course, sukkot and thanksgiving on the harvest. hallowe'en is the pagan new year.

   any thoughts?

Comment by alexa penzner on September 22, 2011 at 12:09am

argh - this has no edit thing !!!!!!

 

not = no

Comment by alexa penzner on September 22, 2011 at 12:08am

hi steph - yeah, so many people were talking in the various discussions and had not idea what one another's ex-religions were all about, so i thought i'd do this.  hope people start commenting.  we could talk about all kinds of stuff.  

 

id' really like to hear from muslims, buddhists, hindus, pagans - whatever!!!

 

pictures, humor and thoughts 'twould be nice, too.  :]

Comment by Steph S. on September 21, 2011 at 4:42pm
Hi Alexa!  Nice group you created!
 

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