Let's try and define religion ...

May 2011
2,940
Rural Australia
For arguments sake we could introduce a spectrum to describe religion where at one end we have an ideology, in the middle we have a philosophy, and at the other end we have some form of metaphysics. Buddhism might provide a reasonable example of this. However from the historical perspective IMHO most of the world's book religions were based on a creed. (eg: the Nicene Creed). This is IMO firmly situated on the religion "spectrum" at the ideology end. When in ancient history warlords promoted and legislated for a religion, it may as well be perceived as an ideology from a political standpoint. When the church institued laws related to heresy and the state legal systems related to blasphemy (ie: what one could believe and express could no longer get one executed) were relaxed (maybe 150 years ago) the preception of religion as a top-down controlling ideological institution became less visible.

So for arguments sake we could introduce such a spectrum for today's world, so long as we do not lose sight of the history of religious institutions (and their utterly corrupt control mechanisms) prior to the modern epoch. To conclude, even Buddhism needs to factor in the role of the warlord Ashoka.
 

Haakbus

Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
3,768
United States
For me its a philosophy that I was raised with , its part of me.
Religion is just a particular type of philosophy. Even paganism is all about metaphysical and moral truths told through the myths. The myths were believed to be factually true but that's missing the point; their main purpose was explanations of the universe and morality.

In paganism, different deities were essentially certain (very real) aspects of human behavior and personality associated with particular (very real) force in nature. So in a sense these gods and goddesses do exist, but not as distinct conscious entities. Because their being was fundamentally one of substance (attributes and features), this is why syncretism was so widespread. The god didn't change (the aspects of their being and personality typically do indeed exist), just the name and things associated with them.
 
i dont think there was an institutionalised or codified religion up until the ''aryans'', both indians and persians, the vedas of indians and avestan of persian and later the sramana religions of jainism and buddhism, all codifying their religion along with judaism probably few centuries later.

the mesopotamian religions do exist but probably never codified.

regards
 
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Jul 2012
3,333
Dhaka
i dont think there was an institutionalised or codified religion up until the ''aryans'', both indians and persians, the vedas of indians and avestan of persian and later the sramana religions of jainism and buddhism, all codifying their religion along with judaism probably few centuries later.

the mesopotamian religions do exist but probably never codified.

regards
Not really. Noahide laws predates every other known set of laws.
 

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