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What’s The Worst Religion? – Dialectic Two Step

By Andrew Furst @a_furst

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I would say you could take the list of religions in order of there popularity and membership and you’d have an accurate ranking of the worst religions. A religions popularity and size is a function of how it pacifies and controls its membership.

We can look at the big two – Christianity and Islam. These religions carry with them the doctrine of Apostasy. This is a stranglehold on thinking and creates tribalism and mindlessness. If you are restricted to what the scriptures and church hierarchy tell you to think, you stop thinking for yourself. While Hinduism claims a certain theological flexibility, the latest Hindu Nationalist shenanigans seem to be a strong counterpoint to this perception.

The other downside to size is the creation of institutions and the power structures needed to sustain them. Where there is a divinely sanctioned hierarchy, there is little room for reform or justice that we have in the secular world. The long string of never ending scandals and cover ups of child abuse by the Catholic Church serves as a a top of mind example.

Every religion suffers from these problems (including my own Buddhism), so in my mind the simplest rubric for finding the largest problem is to look at the largest church.

Dialectic Two-Step  is an ongoing series of my thoughts on questions that come my way.

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. - Octavio

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