Revealed religion, the belief that God has revealed his plans to certain individuals, so that they may inform the rest of us of his wishes, has popped up all over the planet. But, everywhere you go, God’s messenger has received different and conflicting versions of God’s will.

The number of different religions on the earth is …………


………………………………………………………………… 4300 different religions. 

The top twenty religions, rated as to number of adherents,  among the 4300 different religions, are: Christianity (2.1 billion) Islam (1.3 billion) Nonreligious (Secular/Agnostic/Atheist) (1.1 billion) Hinduism (900 million) Chinese traditional religion (394 million) Buddhism 376 million Primal-indigenous (300 million) African traditional and Diasporic (100 million) Sikhism (23 million) Juche (19 million) Spiritism (15 million) Judaism (14 million) Bahai (7 million) Jainism (4.2 million) Shinto (4 million) Cao Dai (4 million) Zoroastrianism (2.6 million) Tenrikyo (2 million) Neo-Paganism (1 million)

The one common idea shared by almost all of these wildly conflicting top twenty  religions is the willingness to kill members of the other religions to punish their “error.” Otherwise, they have little in common. 

Science, on the other hand, has also popped up all over the globe.  But, science is the same no matter whether you are a Laplander or reside on the Mediterranean shores. No matter where you go, or how you get there, science will tell you, that two plus two is four, that a water molecule has two hydrogen and one oxygen atoms and that the earth revolves around the sun. Science, while not infallible, is certainly universally dependable, because it has standards. 

And, you will never ever hear of a band of blood thirsty scientists, torturing and slaying another group of scientists over a scientific dispute. Not ever. 

So, you choose which to trust and respect. I will stick with science, myself. 

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana  

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