Friday, September 29, 2006

Makes you sort of go hmmm...

At the risk of sounding offensive, one must admit that the lines between religion, cult and superstition are nebulous.

Main Entry: re·li·gion Pronunciation: ri-'li-j&nFunction: nounEtymology: Middle English religioun, from Anglo-French religiun, Latin religion-, religio supernatural constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare to restrain, tie back -- more at RELY1 a : the state of a religious b (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance2 : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices3 archaic : scrupulous conformity : CONSCIENTIOUSNESS4 : a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Main Entry: cult Pronunciation: 'kWHEEL1 : formal religious veneration : WORSHIP2 : a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents3 : a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also : its body of adherents4 : a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator 5 a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b : the object of such devotion c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion

Main Entry: su·per·sti·tion Pronunciation: "sü-p&r-'sti-sh&nFunction: nounEtymology: Middle English supersticion, from Anglo-French, from Latin superstition-, superstitio, from superstit-, superstes standing over (as witness or survivor), from super- + stare to stand -- more at STAND1 a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation b : an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition2 : a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes indeed, Zak. You only have to look at the Mormons to realise that this is the case.

Ryan

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Blogger semite1973 said...

Yeah, da morons is a weerd religun.

8:45 AM  

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