Religious people eventually become institutionalized. Sooner if they are fundamentalists, later if they are moderates due to the strain of the cognitive dissonance they most contend with. They can’t seem to live without their Sky Daddy and His magical spells and the dream of eternal bliss. The delusion keeps them there. The only reason they can’t get released is their inability to reason.
To paraphrase Mae West; Religion (like marriage) is an institution but not all of us are ready for an institution. :-0
Robert wrote: It’s just the practice that has moderated. The fundamental beliefs are still there.
Is a moderate at the midpoint or an end of the “XX ———— fundie” spectrum?
My ethnic German parents demanded obedience. My Catholic dad sent me to Catholic schools and I became a fundamentalist. At puberty, a hormone-fueled orgasm exploded my practice and I quickly dropped a belief. In high school I became skeptical. I questioned my beliefs and “pragmatized” some of my practices. In college I dumped Catholicism.
And so, I put a pragmatist at the left end and a moderate at the midpoint.
.…religion caused witches to be burnt at the stake…..
This would be more correct if written as : “The Christian Churches, mainly the Catholic Church, spend several centuries burning women to death. It even continued in Catholic Mexico up to 1850 (approx) around the time that Faraday discovered electricity and Darwin discovered Evolution. Then the murders stopped but the rape and abuse of little children and disrespect for women continued. It still does all these centuries later.