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124 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 04 August 2007 03:21AM

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Comment author: Robin_Hanson2 04 August 2007 04:04:07AM 27 points [-]

Very well written, as usual. But many other modern institutions have analogous ancient institutions that look rather silly by modern standards. Consider trial by combat in law, or ancient scholastic obsessions with the "true" meaning of ancient texts. If lawyers and academics can disavow these ancient practices, while still embracing a true essence of law or academia, why can't religious folks disavow ancient religious practice in favor of some true essence that makes sense in modern terms?

Comment author: pnrjulius 19 May 2012 05:05:21AM 3 points [-]

But we can clearly identify what we mean by the "core" of law (organizing rules for society) and the "core" of academia (collective pursuit of knowledge). No one seems able to agree what the "core" of religion is (not questioning authority?).

Comment author: adjuant 22 October 2017 10:32:58AM *  1 point [-]

I think that the core of religion—that is to say, Christianity—consists of all the things that human beings ought to do.

Our purpose, both in the particular and universal sense, and our ultimate destination.