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[–] RunRabbitRun 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's an interesting take on it. I think it would be more accurate to say they are all dogmatic ideologies though, rather than trying to redfine the term religion.

Functionally, the behavior is mostly the same, but in all of the examples you listed, they lack the element of spirituality that basically defines religion.

Maybe a bit pedantic, but there isn't any need for redefining terms when we can already clearly explain something.


[–] BlackSheepBrouhaha 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Have you ever considered the etymology of religion, or how religion is essentially the Social Contract. It is the collection of obligations people hold in common.

That people hold supernatural, superstitious, and specious beliefs is an inevitable part of human neurology. We're not evolved to find truth, we're evolved to survive and reproduce.

People accept the ideology, dogma, or religion that shares their desires, offers incentives, and confirms fears.