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Religion and changing it

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Submitted by Claire (United States), Apr 27, 2008 at 00:17

Actually, I think people are usually indoctrinated into the religion they are born into, and then they may read some other ancient "sacred" writing and decide that one works better for them--for whatever reason. I don't see much difference between a Methodist and a moderate Muslim. Methodists tend to be moderate Christians. They read a different book and practice different rituals.

It seems most "Christians" follow the cultural teachings of Paul and Muslims the cultural teachings of Mohammed. Of course, I just see them as two powerful men who also were cultural engineers. They understood how to indoctrinate people and both were highly successful.

I've read the Bible, Koran, and a lot of other traditional religious works a number of times. I think they all have gems of wisdom, and they also have a lot of cultural indoctrination and folklore.

The problem with fundamentalists, be they Christian, Muslim, or whatever, is they force their cultural doctrine on others. I think that is wrong.

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