The Difference Between Religious Belief and Superstition

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The Difference Between Religious Belief and Superstition
The difference between religious belief and superstition is particularly interesting in a secular culture where church and state are separated with care because we are not self conscious about superstitions. They do not realize a doctrine of faith and therefore we are not encroaching on our secular state or crowding the beliefs of people from different faiths. Perhaps it is noticeable how people can be a bit pushy about superstitions being observed: because they do not lend themselves to a particular religious power structure. For instance, in parts of Germany it is forbidden to light a cigarette with a candle in public because it will cause sailors to die. Of course it will not, not...
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.....t to have or not have religious belief. Whether or not these two camps will share the same superstitions would be interesting to study. Neither religion nor superstition is likely to disappear anytime soon.
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