Has politics replaced religion?

Dec 2013
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#41
I have something that has been burdening my heart for a long time, and I feel that this is the perfect place to share it. I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and we were discussing how all religious beliefs attempt to explain and appease the existential crises we all have; he said that we must gage our beliefs on what is good, rather than what feels good. I brought up how I feel that the issue with Western society is that it promotes short-term pleasure over long-term fulfillment. He made a very good point about how politics is a great example of this: Pleasure isn't just what we physically want, but what feeds our egos as well. People feel pleasure when their fears and hatreds are validated and justified. For evidence of this, all one needs to do is go on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where it seems that negativity and trolling is rewarded with clout and notoriety. Most contemporary movements have fed on this desire to be as negative and offensive as possible (SJWs, the alt-right, contemporary feminists, liberals, conservatives, etc.).

The Christian gospel which preached about helping your fellow man and treating people with respect, has been replaced by modern-day cults which preach hatred for -- and domination of -- the Other. Evangelism has been replaced with internet trolling and clout chasing. I would go even farther to say that most contemporary political movements are glorified cults in which everyone is expected to act and think the same -- This, imo, is because politics has replaced religion. The desire to provide meaning to one's life is inherent in every human being, and sadly many of us fill it with meaningless nonsense.

Thoughts?

The state has replaced religion and different political affiliations represent different sects. In many leftist circles they use Science as their priesthood whereas many on the right still use religion but still the end is the religion of the state.

The blue church vs the red religion is a good theory on this.
 
Dec 2013
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Beware of watermelons
#42
The state has replaced religion and different political affiliations represent different sects. In many leftist circles they use Science as their priesthood whereas many on the right still use religion but still the end is the religion of the state.

The blue church vs the red religion is a good theory on this.

This guy has done some good stuff on the blue church/red religion

 
Nov 2012
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#43
I have something that has been burdening my heart for a long time, and I feel that this is the perfect place to share it. I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and we were discussing how all religious beliefs attempt to explain and appease the existential crises we all have; he said that we must gage our beliefs on what is good, rather than what feels good. I brought up how I feel that the issue with Western society is that it promotes short-term pleasure over long-term fulfillment. He made a very good point about how politics is a great example of this: Pleasure isn't just what we physically want, but what feeds our egos as well. People feel pleasure when their fears and hatreds are validated and justified. For evidence of this, all one needs to do is go on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where it seems that negativity and trolling is rewarded with clout and notoriety. Most contemporary movements have fed on this desire to be as negative and offensive as possible (SJWs, the alt-right, contemporary feminists, liberals, conservatives, etc.).

The Christian gospel which preached about helping your fellow man and treating people with respect, has been replaced by modern-day cults which preach hatred for -- and domination of -- the Other. Evangelism has been replaced with internet trolling and clout chasing. I would go even farther to say that most contemporary political movements are glorified cults in which everyone is expected to act and think the same -- This, imo, is because politics has replaced religion. The desire to provide meaning to one's life is inherent in every human being, and sadly many of us fill it with meaningless nonsense.

Thoughts?

No, politics is a religion.

that is why I play politics but follow Christ, which is NOT a religion.
Atheism
Southern Baptist
Islam
Catholic
Zen Buddhism

Are religions.
 
Jul 2008
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#44
No, politics is a religion.

that is why I play politics but follow Christ, which is NOT a religion.
Atheism
Southern Baptist
Islam
Catholic
Zen Buddhism

Are religions.
1. Atheism is NOT a religion. It is a simple statement about the theist position that a god exists.

2. If you follow Christ that IS a religion.

Religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
 
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Nov 2012
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#45
1. Atheism is NOT a religion. It is a simple statement about the theist position that a god exists.

2. If you follow Christ that IS a religion.

Religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Yes atheism is a religion, it has a Church, it has ordained ministers, and everything... it has a core belief and it has followers.
First Church of Atheism | Minister's Site

So please STHU until you educate yourself on your own Religion.
 
Jul 2008
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#46
Yes atheism is a religion, it has a Church, it has ordained ministers, and everything... it has a core belief and it has followers.
First Church of Atheism | Minister's Site

So please STHU until you educate yourself on your own Religion.
One guy setting up a church and calling it the church of atheism means squat. I don’t judge all Christians by the Westboro Baptist Church. So STFU about things you know nothing about (of course that means you might never post here again)
 
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#47
The state has replaced religion and different political affiliations represent different sects. In many leftist circles they use Science as their priesthood whereas many on the right still use religion but still the end is the religion of the state.
"science" is not a religion...
religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Quite frankly, some of the right-wing propaganda phrases are just plain dumb.


Yes atheism is a religion
Review the above definition.
Atheism is not a religion.
 
Jan 2015
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#48
"science" is not a religion...
religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Quite frankly, some of the right-wing propaganda phrases are just plain dumb.



Review the above definition.
Atheism is not a religion.
Putting your faith in anything counts as a religion as far as I’m concerned.
 
Jul 2008
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#49
Putting your faith in anything counts as a religion as far as I’m concerned.
It all depends on why you’re putting your faith in it.

I have very good reasons to put my “faith” in science.
I’ve not been presented any good reasons to put my faith in a god.
 
Jan 2015
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#50
It all depends on why you’re putting your faith in it.

I have very good reasons to put my “faith” in science.
I’ve not been presented any good reasons to put my faith in a god.
Science has its uses, but I don’t put my faith in it. I find human beings, and anything they create, to be deeply flawed. Putting my faith in God has never failed me.