Superstition as Wu-Wu (capitalized). Christianity as the worship of Wu-Wu.
Webster says of ‘superstition’:
1. An irrational low or servile (abject) attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God, proceeding from ignorance, unreasoning fear of the unknown or mysterious, a belief in magic or chance, or the like.
For our purposes here, I see several problems with this definition. Notice that ‘God’ is lumped in with nature, as though both were FACTS that the superstitious person has an irrational attitude toward. Also, what does Webster mean by a belief in ‘chance?’ Maybe that the average superstitious person is more likely to buy lottery tickets than James Randi?
To the rational, ‘scientifically minded’ person who acknowledges that nature is profoundly marvelous and mysterious and fundamentally without explanation, Christianity is common superstition for hundreds of reasons. For example, are the following not supersitions?
- a person’s thinking and memory will continue after the brain dies. (Christianity would not exist without this ludicrous idea which is based on greed and fear).
- by asking for things mentally or verbally a great mysterious being will (perhaps, if you’ve been good, and say certain ‘magic’ words, and believe that your thoughts and memories are going to continue after you die etc. etc.) will grant your wishes, or perhaps, instead, cause all your family to perish in a hurricane in order to teach you a valuable lesson about life - (instead of ‘spoiling’ you by giving you what you asked for. After all, this great mysterious being knows what you need before you ask, so why are you asking? DUMMY!)
- it is possible for a child to be born from a virgin mother - an aberrant talent or mutation that would certainly raise hell with the male ego. No doubt latter day Amazons have been trying to figure out how Mary did that.
- it is possible for a corpse to come back to life. As we’ve said, this is a favorite theme of Hollywuwud.
- it is possible to walk on water. (yes, Champ, I know water spiders can do it.)
- it is possible to change water into wine.
OK, this is petty old material, but surely it is clear that Christianity fits the definintion of superstition.