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An estimated 70% of the global population expresses a belief in a supreme being [s]. An overwhelming majority of people in the modern world are adherents of a religion.
Just why do such staggering numbers of people cling to a religion ?
The idea of a what ‘religion’ means tends to be a bit puzzling. I have often disagreed with the Edward Taylor simple definition of religion as merely “a belief in spiritual beings.” Religion is more complicated than that. It’s the belief in god and gods. These gods are not always spiritual beings. Religion entails veneration of gods and these gods are not always deities.
What is a god ? This is a being or a ‘factor’ that has power. It can affect and influence. In most cases the masses desire and in the aftermath worship it. From this perspective Money, Wisdom, Sex and even…
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