As a Christian, I am fine with calling religion superstition.
Many times the etymology of a word is more useful than the common definitions, which are attached more to the practical applications of the word.
Superstition has come to mean something akin to an absurdity. What is really means is useless. It is like the word 'heretic'. A heretic is someone different in every case dependng upon the view of the finger-pointer.
Superstition literally means to stand outside, or over, or beyond. What a person is 'outside' of, is entirely subjective.
We can have Christians calling pagans superstitious, atheists calling Christians such, and even Catholics calling other Catholics such when the go 'outside' of orthodoxy, or when they begin to use the devices of the Catholic church in an empty manner.
A superstition however, is NOT a religion. It is not a religious belief. It is a mindset that makes something into an empty gesture. The problem is that from different vantage points, what is 'empty' is not the same for everyone. I can call a Wiccan ceremony empty, they can call my Eucharist empty, but its not the religion that is 'superstitious' in itself, as superstition is only the word used by those apart from this view who attempt to describe its lack of validity.
In other words, nothing is a superstition except by contrast to another view. It's not a 'slur' upon religion.
If any belief was a superstition, then logically, superstition would have no definition, as we would have one term, which would be belief.
Who said any belief is superstition? This a strawman of your own creation! A dictionary will tell you superstition is a belief without empircal basis which gives rise to a false conception of causation.
Because consequentially, superstitious belief, would then be nothing more than a grammatical tautology. Google it.
Maybe you should google "strawman" instead?
Belief in God, of itself, doesn't qualify as a superstition under the common definition.
Yes it does. To believe in God is to believe in the existence (and influence) of something for which we have no empirical evidence.
quote:Could be, but many 'fundies' did go thru a point of seriously considering fundamentalism with an open mind!
Again, I don't think so.
I think many if not most fundamentalists who were not raised that way get into fundamentalism out of emotional need.
I mean, there's a reason that Mormon missionaries (and other cult/religious missionaries) target young, emotionally vulnerable college students, away from home and mostly on their own for the first time.
This is not due to the academic environment encouraging "open-minded consideration" in the students, but because college can be very lonely.
It's this kind of crazy ass bullcrap coming from you gdamn fundies that results in every single one of these thread crashing and burning into these typical garbage arguements......I'm amazed you learned to use a keyboard at all
Nug, calm down, it's only a discussion.
As Ringo said, there aren't any fundies taking part in the thread. That means I am not one.