i mean, the ancient religions are basically codified systems of 'be nice' morals and collective/community-based ethics that, applied correctly, can enable people to coexist peacefully with their neighbours and to give a structure and ritual to their everyday lived lives. irrational, certainly; but much in a complicated life that is valuable is (those hyper-rational societies planned according to the iron laws of Reason and History sure worked out well, didn't they boris?). centuries of philosophers and theologians studied a body of extant knowledge, shaped it, refined it, reasoned their ways through it. from it, we have much of the structure of our scholastic learning, our logic, and our metaphysics. aristotle, aquinas, augustine, ambrose, jerome, boethius, avicenna, averroes ... fichte, kierkegaard, nietzsche.
scientology was a franchise spinoff by one of the most prolific pulp sci-fi writers of all time, who literally announced halfway through his shoddy hack career that 'the real money is in religion' (i.e. tax exemption). it combined 1950s self-help manuals, upper east-side talking therapies, and a space opera. in all the thousands of pages of psychobabble and waffle, he didn't attain the clarity or insight of a single line from augustine's 'confessions'.
... but, yeah, they are basically the same thing. though i have no disagreement with you that religions can become "insane and horrible" forces.
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