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

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Institutionalized Religions Have Their Numbers Inflated by National Polls

"Institutionalized Religions Have Their Numbers Inflated by National Polls" by Vexen Crabtree

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Religion Identification

I think that you have a "True Scotsman" fallacy here. If someone identifies themselves as a Christian, there is some meaning to that self-identification. To discount it because they don't prescribe to your definition seems odd.
I would describe myself as a Unitarian. Now, theologically, Unitarianism has something to do with a disagreement in the idea of the Trinity-that of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I have no understanding what that means and don't really care. But the current UUA (Unitarian-Universalists of American) have this thing about 7 Principles that UUAs believe. Things like the free exchange of ideas. Really no dogma. But I don't attend church more than once every year or so and I disagree with most UUAs most of the time on social issues. I suspect that you would say that I am not really a Unitarian since I don't attend, don't fit in politically, and I don't believe in the Unity aspects of the Trinity. But I say that I am. Are you right and I am wrong?
Meanwhile, in Japan, something like 85% identify as Shintoists and 70% call themselves Buddhists. Some say that Shinto is not a religion and yet most books on religions seem to include it. I suspect that Shinto and Buddhist beliefs are deeply held and lived. Yet you say that 11% of Japan is religious?

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