Religion as a Non-fundamental Ideology

I once read this interesting post, and now I am wondering. What causes that? There must be something underneath that affects the decision whether one follows which approach in interpreting the verses in the (supposedly) holy books. What is it? I don’t know. Maybe it is the characteristic, as in if George W Bush were a Moslem then he would be like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and vice versa. But if Fransiscus of Assisi had been a Buddhist then he would have been the next Buddha who came after Siddharta Gautama, and vice versa. One will entirely change her/his worldview only if this underlying thing also changes. In the case of Paul, for example, it is said that he happened to witness a miracle and this caused him to repent and spread Christianity, instead of opposing it. Maybe bad analogies, but meh. 😆

A friend, who recently quit his religion citing the many sins it commits, then asked me, so of what use are religions? I just gave him a rhetorical answer, of what use are ideologies? That was because I didn’t know. But basically they are philosphically similar, and religions only add those absurd things that tell you how to pray, what to say when you pray, etc.

Well, I just want to say, if you consider religion as a fundamental part of your life, on which your morality and (maybe) logic systems are built, think again. 😀

The end of part I, which is hardly an end. Still a long journey to go. To be continued kapan-kapan.


13 Responses to “Religion as a Non-fundamental Ideology”

  1. 1 lambrtz 06/08/2009 at 12:50 AM

    PS: he once suggested me to study Philosophy. I will, although maybe as a self-learner, but later after I get my PhD in CS.

  2. 2 Ali Sastroamidjojo 06/08/2009 at 1:09 AM

    So you finally wrote about religion, ha. Amazing. 😀 I think the core of your argument is more or less the same with Zizek’s idea of ‘not taking religions too seriously.’ Ayo beli sirup marjan buat bulan puasa! :mrgreen:

    *wah di tipi ada sandra dewi*

  3. 3 lambrtz 06/08/2009 at 1:52 AM

    Yeah most probably it is not a novel idea, and it is. It’s hard to write one if you never read Philosophy literatures. 🙂
    So I am almost of the same level as Zizek now, eh? :mrgreen:
    And what’s with the sirup Marjan and Dewi Sandra, I don’t understand. It must have a philosphically deep meaning. :-SS

  4. 4 Pak Guru 06/08/2009 at 3:09 AM

    Religion is like Gatorade: it’s just some sugary water with sprinkles of salts chucked in, but it sure clenches the thirst of so many people. (ninja)

    Eh, bulan puasa sudah dekat lagi rupanya? Asik asik. :mrgreen:

  5. 5 dnial 06/08/2009 at 8:41 AM

    Is The Ph. in Ph.D stand for Philosophy?

    *head explodes…*

  6. 6 jensen99 06/08/2009 at 3:31 PM

    You absolutely need to witness or experience a miracle… But I dunno who will show up; Buddha or Rei Ayanami… :-??

    *Repeating Jesus’ words in John 14:6*
    *watching Sandra Dewi*

  7. 8 Ali Sastroamidjojo 06/08/2009 at 4:29 PM

    Aspek teknisnya tentu; kagak ngerti betul soale. Kalo saya yang tulis nanti larinya ke filsafat. :mrgreen:

  8. 9 Ali Sastroamidjojo 06/08/2009 at 4:45 PM

    And what’s with the sirup Marjan and Dewi Sandra

    Both are heavenly sweet and perfect for breaking the fast. Well, for the latter, I think it’s a lil bit costly, commercially, spiritually and mentally.

  9. 10 Arm 06/08/2009 at 5:34 PM

    @ dnial :

    Is The Ph. in Ph.D stand for Philosophy?

    betul juga ya 😆 :mrgreen:

  10. 11 Felicia 07/08/2009 at 9:30 AM

    ever read this?

  11. 12 lambrtz 10/08/2009 at 12:50 PM

    I dunno how to answer the comments here. Let me meditate first. 😕

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