[LMB] Religion

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 22:08:21 BST 2021


Some of the Jewish religious requirements reduce one risk but increase
others, particularly the laws regarding how livestock are to be kept.

Many of the kosher food rules have been shown not to have any detectable
effect on food safety, but conflict strongly with the food customs of rival
groups.  This suggests that their function was to focus attention on and
reinforce the cultural distinctions between the in-group and out-groups.
In particular, the Philistines loved pork.  Arguments that eschewing pigs
had benefits usually involve looking only at their disadvantages and
ignoring their advantages.

I would say, rather, that 'spirituality' is merely religion adapted to the
preferences of the individual.


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