World Views and Religion

Once again I find it in myself to want to write about a mentally engaging yet to a certain degree taboo, but what I wrote in The Closing was rather raw. So I thought I’d write about this again, this time with much more clarity.

As human beings grow in discipline and love and life experience, their understanding and their place in it naturally grows apace. Conversely, as people fail to grow in discipline, love and life experience, so does their understanding fail to grow. Therefore, as a result of both, there exists an extraordinary variability in the sophistication and understanding of what life is about in people.

This understanding is our religion. Since everyone has some understanding – some world view, no matter how limited or primitive or inaccurate – everyone has a religion.

Without a doubt, we suffer from the tendency to define religion too narrowly. The people, community, and society suffer, I think, from a tendency to define religion too narrowly. (brb gotta book in)

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