Religio Religion from O. One possible interpretation traced to Ciceroconnects lego read, i. The definition of religio by Cicero is cultum deorum, "the proper performance of rites in veneration of the gods. Augustinefollowing the interpretation given by Lactantius in Divinae institutiones, IV,
This section refers to people whose beliefs are, well, apparently corny. Ultimately, there is absolutely no form or collection of beliefs that is not parodied somewhere. The lack of spiritual beliefs is also exposed to ridicule, as is spiritual neutrality eg; agnosticism.
Specific forms examples follow, but we could probably just go with "everybody" and stop right here. Bear in mind, this site deals with tropes, and some of the historical-cultural context for why those tropes exist, and how they operate in given works.
This is by nature a critical trope, and it is YMMV for a reason. The basic truth is that Christianity, in all its sects, is the world's major and leading religion, it is the dominant religious tradition in the Western nations and Western nations have a disproportionate hold on the global media, so Christianity's perceived negatives at times get over-represented or exaggerated.
Likewise, Christianity did not become the world's leading religion by accident. Christians have often denied the Gospel; yielding to a mentality of power, they have violated the rights of ethnic groups and peoples, and shown contempt for their cultures and religious traditions: A lot of these actions were criticized even by Christians in the past, and there are parts of Church history, most modern Christians, regardless of the sect, are not proud of.
Christianity being a large diverse religion has also been involved in several questionable policies and events over the centuries such as The Spanish Inquisition.
It is often criticized among other religious groups for its missionary activities, wars it has waged among various sects, its role in suppression and hijacking of pagan rituals and persecuting other religions which is not exclusive to Christian or Abrahamic faiths, as instances are common among many religions.
In Eastern nations, in former colonies, Christianity may be a minority but on account of missionary activities it has greatly impacted the education and cultural life of the elites, which has nonetheless kept Christian tradition and its roles, positive and negative, in public memory.
The political and cultural revolutions on behalf of freedom of speech in France, England, United States, Italy, Germany has rested on the separation of the Church and State, and this has led to Christianity in the position of the Designated Villain in many anti-censorship fights in the Western World, which thanks to colonialism and imperialism, has made this Pop-Cultural Osmosis for the entire world.
Christianity was perceived, and resented for being Moral Guardians on account of its historical association with censorship the Vatican Index, Galileo, Darwinits lack of permissiveness and anti-LGBT policies.
A lot of this is true for all religions. For instance, general prudishness, censorship, homophobia exist even among Buddhists and even the Roman pagans were pretty uptight about other issues.
Since Christianity has been historically the religion with the greatest political and historical clout, and since those fights were ultimately won this tends to get associated with Christianity to the point that such aggressive and controversial actions have been used to smear all Christians by association, at times even long e.
Christianity as at times been criticized by other Christians, such as Graham Greenefor failing to live up to the teachings of the faith. The Anglican Priest, Fr. Charles Kingsley even echoed Karl Marx when he noted, "We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order".
Satire and criticism of Christianity in non-Christian media often but not always separates Jesus from the actions of various Christian sects.
The Catholic Church has a checkered history and it gets satirized more often because it is the biggest and oldest church and certainly the world's oldest institution, the only organization in Europe that was formed in The Roman Empire.
Within Europe, the Church is still regularly mocked, though there the criticism is political, citing the Church's involvement in politics and its opposition to republican and leftist revolutions, and it is still mocked to death in most Western European countries such as France. Likewise, they aren't all that popular even in Italy, what with the Italian drug mafia giving them regularly big enough sums of money to lead locals to say that the mafia is a Catholic charity and that their actions are so noble that they will receive heaven, something they only started to contradict as ofwhen Pope Francis excommunicated the Mafia.
Within America, anti-Catholicism has had an old and at times dubious history, and for a long time, Catholics especially from immigrant countries like Ireland and Italy endured some amount of persecution from the largely WASP American mainstream.
The election of John F. Kennedy was seen as the point where Catholics were embraced by the white mainstream.Religion may be defined as a cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements.
However, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion. Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from.
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