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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Words for Different Types of Religion

A new page! "Dictionary List of Different Types of Religion".

Religion is very diverse. Categorizing religions is very difficult, and the results are always inadequate because we are combining the problems of comparing cultural understandings, differing word uses, and differing historical appreciations of key terms. The very concept of "religion" has proven impossible to define. So I've listed some of the common schemes I use throughout my texts to define different categories of religion.

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Atheism is in need of better clarification

Buddhism is not Atheism, it is abstract. Sakyamuni Buddha, who was the original Buddha never taught that God does not exist.
This misconception creates fear and causes other religions to thing Buddhists belief in something other than everyone else.
Sakyamuni (Prince Siddhartha) when he founded Buddhism is said to have chosen not to give God a name because so many believers waste time fighting over what name God should be called. He chose to leave God, Allah, Yahweh, GrandFather, etc. nameless to encourage practice rather than debate.
We believe in the exact same source as all religions, since there is only one source. We just address it in our own way.
It is, but it is not.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Nichiren Buddhism

Re: Atheism is in need of better clarification

I should add that much of the misunderstanding has arisen about our beliefs because we do not
worship a supreme being. We believe God exist in each of us; is that life force which exists in
all things sentient and insentient. We believe it is up to us to manifest our God by strengthening
our life force and connect to the Life Force of the Universe. In this way we can move the Universe.

I needed to connect with my unborn child who was not in the birth position. I chanted to tap into the
Universal Life force to reach her so she would turn around. It was the worst blizzard of the century and
I could not get to my doctor for help. When I chanted Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to reach her. she physically
began twisting and turning in my womb and was born within the hour. That was what you may call God.
All the typical beliefs apply in Buddhism as they do in monotheistic religions only more powerfully because
you take ownership and decide to move the Universe, not beg a Supreme Being:
Ask and you shall receive.

It is so complex, it is simple,

The God in me bows to the God in You

Re: Atheism is in need of better clarification

If it is not theism (belief in god), then, it is atheism. It doesn't matter WHY there is no stated belief in god - be it the result of philosophical arguments, or, as you say, due to Buddhism being "abstract": if there isn't god-belief, then, it is atheism. Buddhism clearly contains many supernatural elements and you refer to some bits of that yourself. But those supernatural elements do not equate to what we mean by the word "god" or "gods". Although some forms of Buddhism, and many Buddhists, do believe in gods, many do not. Hence, some forms of Buddhism are atheistic.

And a minor point - there's no need to capitalize "atheism" - it is just a noun.

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Edited at 2015-06-29 04:45 pm (UTC)

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