9 years 6 months ago #166862 by Cyan Sarden
Replied by Cyan Sarden on topic Re:Religion

Exar Qel Droma wrote: Would organised religion (such as Christianity) be solely created for control?

I believe early Christianity was a rather loosely organized (if at all) religious movement. Once the Roman state became involved, it was, on an organization level, turned into a power system that grew stronger until most western societies started to keep the state and religion separate. Catholicism is still very powerful today, whereas Protestantism doesn't have a centralized organization behind it.

With Buddhism, it depends: The Mahayana version with the (formerly) Tibetan central governing body behind it is still controlled from the top, whereas most Theravada flavors never had a central power system behind it as far as I know.

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