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Thread: Why did certain religions manage to become world religions, while others ended in historical obscurity?

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    It's all of the things mentioned -- religions have deep, extensive, gnarled root systems that get into a person's ethnic identity, national identity, family identity, individual psychology, and that speak to a person's fears, hopes, lack of will to read deeply in science and philosophy, need for group acceptance, and perhaps the need to feel that there is a safe and benevolent personality that governs the universe. In the old days, you grabbed on to it to avoid being executed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ideologyhunter View Post
    ... In the old days, you grabbed on to it to avoid being executed.
    Those were the days. In post-enlightenment America simple banishment will have to suffice.

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    And of course, in any number of Islamic republics, the old days are now, and you can indeed by locked away or killed for leaving the fold (or hacked to death by machete, as has happened in Bangladesh.)

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    I think it was morality. There was nothing about the pagan gods that was respectable from a moral perspective. The god of the jews and christians not only claimed to be moral but was the one who would reward or punish people for being moral or immoral.. it was simple morality for rather simple people.

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    And the hardline Islamic republics now didn't used to be. Iran, Afganistan etc were very liberal in the 60s. Eventually the people will get tired of the oppression and cast it off, just as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarpedon View Post
    And the hardline Islamic republics now didn't used to be. Iran, Afganistan etc were very liberal in the 60s. Eventually the people will get tired of the oppression and cast it off, just as always.
    When it comes to Afghanistan, did that really apply to the rural parts outside of the cities? I presume those village elder systems, clans, etc, are older than half a century.

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    You are correct that it was an urban vs rural thing, just as in every other country.

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