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  •  Organized religion in the information age (12+ / 0-)

    I think that organized religion doesn't play well with a generation that has grown up always having information at their fingertips.  Religious indoctrination and Google don't really mix all that well.  Sure, if someone is already a true believer, then they can just ignore everything they don't want to believe.  But when you are trying to teach young people, it is harder to do it when they have the entire collection of human knowledge and history at their fingertips.

    I found throughout my life that the more I found out about other people's religions, the less I wanted to be associated with mine.  Not because of anything they were doing wrong per se, as my church was a pretty tame prostetant church.  But just as I knew about more and more religions of the world, the idea that my religion was "right" and everyone else's was "wrong" (even though I never chose my religion, I was born into it, as was my mom before me), just seemed more and more ridiculous.  

    Only an extremely arrogant person would assume they know the one true religion.  Of course, this world is filled with lots and lots of extremely arrogant people.

    •  but you seem to be missing an important distinctio (1+ / 0-)
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      n between 'organized religion' and 'inability to think for oneself'.  There are a great many wonderful things about organized religion.  Passover with my family is one of them.  We don't even think about whether Judaism is 'right' or 'wrong' or 'silly' or not...  it's just an ethno-religious identity.  

      I mean--I went to Hebrew School and had a bar mitzvah--but never in my life was I 'indoctrinated'.

      To be honest--the number of 'true belivers' I have met--in ANY religion--is infinitesmally small.

    •  Bingo. (3+ / 0-)
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      The higher the access to information and education, the less likely people are going to accept an organized religion saying that only they know the truth.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 02:16:02 AM PDT

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