How many discussions about religious beliefs have you found to become sidetracked into obscure topics?
Examples from my experience include debates on literal interpretation of Biblical passages “from Hebrew” or figurative interpretations of an individuals unique perspective on the rules to get into Heaven.
I have found that discussions about religion in general often lack the appropriate understanding of the base structure of such religious beliefs. Rarely do the participants in the discussion start with the base assumptions of the topic before moving to higher ground.
Yet, these fundamental “constructs” make a HUGE difference in our shared understanding. Therefore, below is my view on the structure of religions.
I refer to these as the “Three Tiers of Religious Belief”.
I could also refer to this concept as the “Inverted Triangle of Religious Beliefs”. Continue Reading…