Thursday, January 11, 2007

Depth of Religion in a Society?

At what point does a religion cease to be an 'add on' to daily existence, and become the central core of that existence?

At one end of the scale I would suggest, is where the majority of the developed world stand, those to whom their beliefs, although important, are not their total reason for being. Their faith (in whatever) is incidental to their existence.

The other end of the scale is possibly a group like the Australian Aboriginals, to whom the concept of religion is foreign because their religion is what they are, to the extent that they do not see any need to classify it as something different to their everyday life.

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