The term religion is derived from the Latin term “religio” which referred to adherence to virtues of Greco-Roman mystery religion.
Christianity originated within Pharisaic Judaism in the land of Israel, then developed further within Hellenistic Judaism in the Aegean world and finally become a Greco-Roman mystery religion in Rome and hence made the very transition from the Southern Jurisdiction of Judah to the Northern Jurisdiction of Israel as a Greco-Roman mystery religions were indeed forms of Median Judaism.
The term “religion” as an intrinsically and inherently Christian term did however retain its pre-Christian connotation of reference to adherence to “mystery” in pre-Christian Roman mystery religion. Diverse cultural practices as labeled as so called “religion” were thus defined on the model of the Christendom/Christianity binary which distinguished between so called “religion” and so called “culture”. This fully artificial bisection is thus pure imperialism and despicable ethnocratic oppression in tearing apart traditional systems of signification in indigenous cultures around the world.
However, this already happened and so the we need move on from that in transcending, deconstructing and yes even destroying the culture/religion binary which creates so much psychological suffering in terms of cognitive contradiction in general and cognitive dissonance in particular.
If we recognize that the culture/religion binary is patently unscientific can we also unravel the notion that so called “religion” is somehow so called “mystery” that must not be touched by natural science but must only be studied as theology, history, literature, sociology etc.
Why is it that it is widely believed that so called “religion” must not be studied by natural science? Catholic academia in medieval Europe believed in the Aristotelian division of knowledge into disciplines and so each discipline in this view ought be be studied on its own. There were also strict divisions between humanities, theology, natural science and demonology; boundaries whose very transgression was religiously, institutionally and academically proscribed indeed. Christianity as well as aspects of non-Christian cultures as deemed “parallel” to Christianity were thus studied by theology. Demonology was the study of experiential phenomena which were explicitly proscribed by the Catholic church. Humanities primarily studied Christendom (i.e. Christian civilization) or at least did so from the perspective Christendom. The study of natural science was an inheritance from pre-Christian academia all the way back to Sumer, the first civilization which for its time was highly advanced in natural science.
The Catholic Church could and did persecute almost anyone who contradicted its dogma or opposed its delimitation of things. There was absolutely no possibility in medieval, intrinsically Christian academia for natural science to study phenomena deemed as belonging to the realms of theology and demonology respectively.
With the Para-Christian “secular” reversal of the Christianity/Christendom binary into the Christendom/Christianity binary did apophatic epistemology as closely in Para-Christian fashion modeled on Christian apophatic theology become established as the ostensibly “post-Christian” cultural hegemony which in fact only reinscribed Christian epistemology as justified in typical Para-Christian manner by dissociation from Christianity rather than as previously by association with Christianity.
Academia never seriously endeavored to study religion with methods of natural science and so apophatic epistemology is simply pseudo-science. We may to some extent know that which we believe ourselves to know but we simply do not know that which we do not know.
The patriarchal intelligence world of the early 20th century was strongly influenced by the CDF (Vatican Intelligence) which until the Nazi rise to power in Germany was the most powerful intelligence agency in the world. Patriarchal intelligence agencies thus simply perpetuated the CDF practice of deploying various illicit means for preventing natural science from studying experiential phenomena historically deemed as belonging to the epistemological spheres of theology or demonology respectively.
Organized religion is essentially a collection of reactionary patriarchal practices reinforcing uncritical thinking and structural oppression alike and is in this regard not really different from many other cultural practices. A fundamental problem however is that the very discursive practices which endeavored in supersessionist manner to supplant so called “religion” were hardly better in those respects than so called “religions”.
What we need to do is to increasingly erase the notion of mystery itself, meaning that academia needs investigate virtually everything. This is not to deny the need for state secrets (anything known by all states is certainly not a legitimate state secret!) but rather that such secrecy must be kept to the very minimum with optimal transparency, meaning minimum secrecy rather than as traditionally in the patriarchal intelligence world optimal secrecy which unfortunately became an open invitation to abuse, crime and corruption indeed.
The Eurolect – Politics of the Para-Christian documentation project