to depart from the text in endless digression
You may be right. But even if I wasn't an atheist, I still think I'd find it hard to have as much respect for newly-minted religions like Scientology as I did for the old ones.With a new religion, you have to be a little nutty to follow it. You're following a human being who thinks he's got all the answers. It just seems too desperate and credulous.But with an established religion, you're also following your parents, and their parents, and keeping a tradition alive. And you're not just worshiping a charismatic individual; you're following an body of ideas. It's a little easier to understand, I think.
Perhaps Mormonism is a better example. Scientology is too transparent.
anon, yep. Btw, I might be one of the few Christians you run into who didn't become/stay a Christian because of tradition. I really, really looked into all religions and lack thereof, and - to me - the Gospels hold their center in relation to all other religious texts. I couldn't be a Christian if I didn't think those stories were true, regardless of how I was raised.jewish atheist, yep.
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