Religion can be defined as…
“a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny”
“an institution to express belief in a divine power”
“belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe” (source)
“the service and worship of God or the supernatural” (source)
The most prominent religions (with the most adherents) include the Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity (with denominations, sects, and sub-sects numbering in the tens of thousands), Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shintoism, Sikhism, and Taoism. Of course, there are many, many more religions, with many, many, different deities worshipped. Uganda, just like almost all countries on the continent, has very many people involved in traditional (indigenous) religion, often practiced side by side with the mainstream western/eastern religions.
Current research shows a continuous steady decline in religiosity in Europe and other developed nations around the world. With better education, increased literacy and better access to information, religious people around the world are taking a deeper look at their rationale for adhering to their beliefs, and many are starting to question it. People are now aware of the multitude of mutually incompatible religions that exist, and that have existed in the past, which all make fantastical, non-verifiable supernatural claims – and have began to recognize all of them as falling within the realm of mythology. That is basically how I ended up abandoning my religious beliefs, and became an atheist.
Still, many believers today remain unshaken in their commitment to hold on to their cherished religious beliefs, each claiming that his/hers is legitimate, while the other religions are false.
So, which religion is the true religion?
Come to 4 Points Bar & Restaurant, Centenary Park, Kampala, this Thursday, 25th November 2010 starting at 6PM to be a part of this great – and friendly – conversation between believers of various faiths and we non-believers.
Entrance is FREE.