Was just pondering the term "primitive religions" I've read in various places... it's a strange term because... primitive relative to what? It implies there's an 'advanced' or 'modern' religions... but what's the difference? One hasn't lapsed into myth yet?

@lightweight scientology is an advanced religion. They have really streamlined the process of indoctrinating and financially draining their followers.

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@rune formed by science fiction author (e.g. Battlefield Earth) LR Hubbard, who famously stated: "You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion."

@lightweight yup. I think pretty much all religions started out as either straight up scams or, more legitimately, a way to organize and fund societal projects.

But governments are a better tool for organizing, so that leaves scamming.

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