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Focus on Religion: Religion vs. Superstition

By May 12, 2012

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Is there a real connection between religion and superstition? Some, particular adherents of various religious faiths, will often argue that the two are fundamentally different types of beliefs. Those who stand outside of religion, however, will notice some very important and fundamental similarities which bear closer consideration.


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May 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm
(1) Laura says:

Actually, there are some sort of differences in superstition and religion, though we don’t quite know exactly what or why. As part of my undergrad research project, we surveyed high school students on their beliefs in various forms of superstition and paranormal events, including religion on the scale. Everything correlated with each other EXCEPT religious beliefs. As in, people who believed in witchcraft were more likely to believe in aliens, but this wasn’t true for people who believed in god. This was an unexpected finding.

Our research backed up several other studies, and our conclusion was that maybe religion DIDN’T belong on the scale. We couldn’t figure out why, though. Possibly a flaw in our research, but more than likely it is probably that people grow up and learn to be more skeptical of outrageous claims except that of religion, which they have grown up with. We don’t know for sure.

Just food for thought! :)

May 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(2) Joseph says:

Um, of course people who are religious are less likely to believe in aliens: it’s a part of their dogma that humans are special. They were created in the image of the creator and the universe was created just for their amusement. Intelligent life evolving separately on other worlds kind of throws a big ‘ole wrench in the whole thing.

June 1, 2009 at 11:34 pm
(3) Eric (4tunate1) says:

I think Joseph’s point could also be applied to other superstitions and paranormal events. Religious people may not believe in them when they are contrary to their religious dogmas.

June 1, 2013 at 10:48 am
(4) Jeanne says:

Superstition and myth are terms used for other people’s beliefs. Regardless how silly one’s own beliefs are, people cannot resist labeling the beliefs of others as ridiculous or cults. Myths are usually religions no longer practiced, but at one time, people were just as sincere in their beliefs as people are today. For example, if you ask a Christian if they believe that the Egyptian god Horus walked on water, they would say “no”. So why, then believe that Jesus walked on water?

So why should I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, performed miracles, rose from the dead, etc when those same things were attributed to Horus, Mithra, Krishna, Osiris and many more? Why is ancestor worship evil, but parading around with the blood of a dead saint or keeping bone fragments acceptable? Calling them “relics” does not make it any less gruesome.

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