Since time immemorial man has adhered to some belief, faith, exercises to fine tune the existence of human kind. With due course of time these beliefs, practices and faith all clubbed together into a set pattern which further put the society in order giving birth to various religions. So, the elementary idea behind the philosophies of each and every religion in the world is kindness, humanity and propagates the modest knowledge of harmonious coexistence of man and the universe. To sum up, religion is purely a way of living.
The practices followed in each religion has an objective of its own. With the application of logic and rational thinking religion and its beliefs can be dissected thoroughly for a better understanding. All religions have varied ways of worship and prayer. Thousands and thousands year old practice of worshipping the nature as a Goddess and Earth as a Mother in Hinduism is just not blind faith. It was means to train the human mind to conserve and take care of the natural resources and judiciously use it. The existence of sacred groves across India is the proof that worshipping the nature was deliberately and logically put into religious practices for man’s benefit and nature’s conservation. The azaan (Islamic call of worship) is a form of meditation, concentration building practice and regulate the biological rhythm among its followers. Something as minute as blowing a conch shell has health benefits.
Logic is thus the best tool to define religion and draw a fine line between religion and superstition.
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” – Albert Einstein
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‘Can logic define religious belief?’