How to believe: Do they waste away, or get conquered by something better? Perhaps it is easier to think in terms of gods dying, rather than religions
If religions are born, they must also be able to die. How does this happen? I think we can discount at once the idea that it happens because people realise that science is better. It’s obvious that the more people try to replace religion with science, the more they reproduce the worst features of organised religion.
On the other hand, societies might be reconfigured in such a way that the idea of religion made no sense. Interestingly, the reverse process seems to have happened in Japan in the 19th century, after American gunboats broke the country’s isolation. According to a recent book from Chicago University Press, there had been until then no concept of “religion” in Japanese society; afterwards, as part of the modernisation, some social practices and beliefs had to be carved out as “religious” while others were classified as “non-religious”. I don’t know how this account might apply to the spread of Christianity in the 17th century, and then the murderous suppression over generations; I’ll have to wait for the book to arrive. But the process seems a plausible one, and something like it may be under way in the “secularising” parts of the world today.Answer Question
Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 5:19 PM on Sep. 30, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 5:45 PM on Sep. 30, 2013
(btw, his entire premise is flawed in that he states Aztec is "surely dead" along with others we "can't reconstruct")
Answer by NotPanicking at 5:47 PM on Sep. 30, 2013
Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 6:45 PM on Sep. 30, 2013
Next question overall
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