The difference: Superstition & religion.

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    When we define superstion as an irrational belief and religion as a reverence for God/Gods how do we know the difference - if there is any?
     
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    A superstition is something in which you believe that you can't fully explain ... a religion is when you believe in something and have to make damn sure everyone else believes it also.

    Like, for example, atheism.
     
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    So, the central feature being religious is to be evangelical?
    As to atheism I’ve never understood why anyone why anyone wants to claim something they essentially see as meaningless as not existing. It’s one thing to assert the concept of a God/Gods is meaningless but quite another to claim that entity doesn’t exist. Becomes a double negative really.
     
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    For certain religions, it's their single feature.
     
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    A superstition is generally a self imposed ritual. Like not walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror.

    Religion is a since of something beyond conscious mankind, something that connects all people whether they accept it or not, at least to the believer.
     
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    One begins with an R?
     
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    Religion is a group faith in a chosen god or gods.

    Superstition is being afraid of black cats.
     
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    And what is the difference between being afraid of black cats and afraid of Satan? Some actually believe black cats are Satan in disguise.
    Can we return to the meaning of ‘faith’ then and examine why there’s any difference between believing Christ rose on the third day and walking under a ladder is bad luck. The number of believers who accept ladder theology could be described as a ‘group faith’. However, some who use the term ‘group faith’ simply mean a written formalised set of beliefs, that is, a theology. How though is that different from superstition?
    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews Ch:11.V 1.
     

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