Given the fact that several religions have spread through most of the world: not too difficult.
Not too difficult, really? A new idea that directly challenges deeply held beliefs?
Whilst I recognise the point you're making, it's only valid when said religion is fully understood, otherwise it's just shia verses sunni or catholic verses podestant.
I thought it was quite a good definition of religion.
For instance i've heard it said that Buddhism teaches the dharma but the dharma does not teach Buddhism, which i took to mean there's a meaning Buddhism tries to convey but Buddhism itself is not that meaning, which includes a load of cultural baggage picked up along the way.
I thought there was a body of evidence showing that racism, or more generally the 'us vs them' mentality is an innate characteristic (as well as being reinforced by learning).
Maybe 'us vs them' is innate, but we still have to learn the difference.
I am surprised how far this discussion has got without a single religious person in it.
It depends on how you define a religious person, in this case dogma is a reasonable substitute for religion, as we currently understand it.
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