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    DianeNYS, Wee Mama, Brit
    “A ‘religion’ that hides its core belief from the world is not a religion because a true religion must be open about itself to all.”
    Friend of mine who studies ancient religions has said that to his mind, the most massive shift in religious thinking that Judaism brought to the world -- bigger than monotheism vs. polytheism -- was what he called open-source spirituality:  the fact that every single rite and ritual was laid right out in the holy text, and that everybody was not just allowed but practically required to read said holy text for themselves.  Even the holiest ritual, performed by the High Priest in the innermost sanctum where nobody else was allowed to go, was documented in the book start to finish.

    Standard practice for most religions at the time was the secret nature of the holiest rites; the average worshipper barely knew they existed, let alone the details of it.

    Plenty of true religions throughout history have not been open about themselves at all.  The reason this guy thinks that a religion being open about itself is standard is that he thinks Christianity defines the standards -- and of course, Christianity got it from Judaism.

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      Wee Mama, Brit

      shares many of the things Christianity had at the beginning (and existed at the same time), but it was a closed religion.  You had to be invited in and pass various tests.  Kind of like the Masons, but not.

      Many religions back in the old days* were like that.

      *(Millennia ago)

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:02:53 PM PST

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