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'Christianity isn't a religion'?

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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
A few days ago, this aired: [link]

The breakdown- Bill O'Riley asks what religion is associated with Christmas- is told it is Christianity- then says that Christianity is not a religion.

O'Riley- 'It is a fact that Christianity isn't a religion, it is a philosophy...Roman Catholicism is a religion, Judaism is a religion.'

The basic idea being that Christianity itself is a collection of philosophies, while each individual sect is a religion.

So, what do you think? Religion or not? Can one be religiously 'Christian', or is it only a religion when it is a specific sect?

The real argument behind all this, in the clip, is really more along the lines of 'it's not religious discrimination or promotion if it's not technically a religion'- War on Christmas and all that.
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der-freishutz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
its a religion. there is no argument its just a stupid statement
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Vulpimo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
It's just ignorance of the speaker.

Roman Catholicism is a part of Christianity. Christianity was whole once, then it got split up a number of times, that slipped out of his mind...

War on Christmas- like, some people don't want Christmas?
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TimeHasAnEnd Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist
The truth of the matter is, religion or christianity has nothing to do with religion. Because, the Bible was written for mankind to follow and obey God's law, the Bible. So, thus, religion or christianity is not base on philosophies.
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That whole thing about the bible being written as Gods law to man is part of a belief system.

The bible is a guide book for that religion, or philosophy, or whatever you want to call it.

You BELIEVE the bible was written as Gods word. Other people BELIEVE it was written by people without God at all.

What the bible is or is not has nothing to do with this discussion.
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HametsuNoCharge Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think Christianity is inherently a religion, but it's like an overarching super religion. You can't be just a general Christian in the same way you can't just be a general art major. There is literally no such thing. You have fine art, graphic design, photography, film, sculptor....ect. You do one of those thigns, or a combination fo some of them, but there's no general art major.

Just like if you're christian you're either Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or some kind of Protestant (I can't even keep track of all of them any more THERE ARE SO MANY).
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Trorbes Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Any sufficiently-large religion will eventually split into separate disciplines; it's not unique to Christianity.
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HametsuNoCharge Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True enough bu Protestantism is like it's own super-religion. How many sects are they up to now?....and I don't remember if Mormonism is it's own thing away from Protestantism or if it's part of that along with all the others
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Saeter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Over 41,000 and counting.
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
As of 2012, it's 41*10^3, but over time, it'll decrease due to the ever-decreasing popularity of religion over time.
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HametsuNoCharge Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol IT'S OVER 9000!
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