When Religion Becomes Evil


Whatever religious people may say about their love of God or the mandates of their religion, when their behavior toward others is violent and destructive, when it causes suffering among their neighbors, you can be sure the religion has been corrupted and reform is desperately needed. When religion becomes evil these five corruptions are always present. Conversely, when religion remains true to its authentic sources, it is actively dismantling these corruptions ...

  • Absolute Truth Claims

  • Blind Obedience

  • Establishing the "Ideal" Time

  • The End Justifies the Means

  • Declaring Holy War

--From When Religion Becomes Evil, by Charles Kimball.
September 3, 2002, Harper San Francisco



Consider the merits of Romuva

a religion of human nature and human life with Nature that sees the Divine Spirit in all things; a religion that focuses on the sanctity of trees, rivers, stones and other outpourings of the gods and the veneration of ancestors

Regarding the teachings that human nature is flawed and that there is something fundamentally wrong with all human beings that must be corrected in order to reach that religion's idea of salvation or enlightenment, we hold those to be flawed. This wrongness may be referred to as original sin or ego or desire or free will or any other of a number of names, but the existence and overcoming of this inherent wrongness is the basis of certain spiritual practices, sacraments and ethics practiced by their members. In such religions, the wrongness frequently doesn't end with human beings but extends into the entire physical world so that we are seen to be surrounded by wrongness, to be spiritually unsafe and are encouraged to feel that life is a very dangerous undertaking.

Ours is a way of living, praying and connecting to the flow of the universe. Our spirituality addresses the existence and nature of Deity, the relationship of ourselves and the universe with the Divine, the nature and scope of human existence, what happens to us after death, the nature of the physical and nonphysical universe and our relationship to that universe. Our practices include everything from meditation, quiet walks, divination, to gardening and massage.

The Church of the Divine Earth