posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 05:32 PM
I'll cross-post this from t'other thread:
ToE is a scientific theory, nothing more, nothing less. It explains one thing - the diversity of life on earth.
Religions claim to explain almost everything about the origin of existence and other related stuff, requiring adherence to a set of morals; a value
system; strict, generally, static dogma; rituals, traditions, mystical experiences and private revelations; a dichotomy between sacred and profane.
And, finally, faith - belief without evidence.
ToE simply states life evolved from a common ancestor by a process of descent with modification over geological timescales, via natural selection
acting on genetic variations - supported by a wealth of evidence. That is all.
But I guess we need a workable definition, The encyclopedia of Philosophy suggests religions can be determined by these characteristics, the more a
phenomenon possesses, the more religion-like it can be considered:-
Belief in supernatural beings (gods).
A distinction between sacred and profane objects.
Ritual acts focused on sacred objects.
A moral code believed to be sanctioned by the gods.
Characteristically religious feelings (awe, sense of mystery, sense of guilt, adoration), which tend to be aroused in the presence of sacred objects
and during the practice of ritual, and which are connected in idea with the gods.
Prayer and other forms of communication with gods.
A world view, or a general picture of the world as a whole and the place of the individual therein. This picture contains some specification of an
over-all purpose or point of the world and an indication of how the individual fits into it.
A more or less total organization of one’s life based on the world view.
A social group bound together by the above.
[edit on 26-7-2007 by melatonin]