Religion vs  Philosophy in 3 Minutes


As a history teacher, I am often asked the
question about what’s the difference between a philosophy and a religion. It’s always a difficult question to answer,
because of course there is so much overlap between the two and many philosophies have
religious aspects just as many religions are filled with philosophy. It’s also hard to get the point across to
teenagers with the attention span of about 5 seconds. That’s why I made this. A simple way to think about what each is,
is to think about what each word means and where each word comes from. Philosophy comes from Greek and literally
means the love of knowledge. It really has nothing to do with God or gods
or mysticism. In a way it is down to earth, meaning dealing
with things on the earth. Our thoughts and where they come from. Why we think the way we think. What is good vs. bad (without a deity telling
us so). There are philosophies that believe we should
act spontaneously, according to our instincts, and others that say we should fight our desires
and practice discipline. And more that try to understand where our
instincts and desires even come from. And just like there are contrasting religions,
there are contrasting philosophies. The main difference is that God or gods are
not involved. But remember, there can be philosophy in religions. Just no religion in philosophy. The origin of the word religion is a bit less
clear and there is some disagreement. Some say it comes from a word meaning to re-read. Others say it comes from a word meaning “to
bind fast.” Whatever the case, we know it today as how
the word was used in 1200, that is a “state of life bound to monastic rules” and “conducting
indicating a belief in divine power.” In other words a religion is something people
believe in and follow, just like a philosophy. But it isn’t down to earth, it is above
us. Something not visible but powered by belief. It is belief in some kind of deity that wants
us to behave, act, live, in a certain way. Philosophy on the other hand is here. It is powered by a logical curiosity of knowledge,
humans, and our understanding of the earth and uses that knowledge to determine the best
ways to behave, act, and live. And while religion tackles these questions
and curiosities as well, it is directed by the belief in a deity or deities which in
turn tell us what is life and how we should live. The big difference? Philosophy is guided by logic (although there
is a lot of disagreement as to which logic is the right logic). Whereas, religion is guided by belief (and
there is just as much disagreement as to which belief is the right belief). Ultimately some might argue that there are
more similarities than differences between philosophy and religions, while others might
argue vice versa, and others would even say that they don’t give a damn. And really, I don’t think it matters too
much. But it’s nice to know the difference. When my students ask me what I believe in,
I simply say the truth. They always ask, well, what’s the truth? And I reply. I don’t know.




Comments
  1. Good one again. Liked the quote at the end, it symbolises both the search for answers and knowing that we still dont know that much of our universe.

  2. Philia (love in the sense of friendship)+ Sophia (wisdom). Love ( friendship) of wisdom. 'Knowledege' is episteme, not sophia.

  3. Too many people are too afraid to say they don't know forgetting that "not knowing" is the catalyst for seeking knowledge… Why explore, study or research if you think you already know? We know what we know not because we have always known but because people who did not know but wanted to know went and found out!

  4. Shouldn't logic apply to any form of seeking knowledge no matter what lens a person chooses to see the world through?

  5. Philosophy is radical questioning, but to really question – to push one’s questioning to the brink of the abyss – one must be an atheist, for faith gives answers too soon. … Faith and philosophy are mortal enemies; in fact, ‘faith is so absolutely the mortal enemy that philosophy does not even begin to want in any way to do battle with it.’ ‘the philosopher does not believe’ – she or he cannot believe, because faith is in radical opposition to the very nature of philosophy as questioning.”
    ~The Fall of Interpretation, p.108

  6. Philosophy is from the Greek word philosophia that is made up of the words philo ("love") and sophia ("wisdom") and therefore literally means "love of of wisdom".

  7. I disagree here – philosophy means love of wisdom and not Knowledge – the branch of philosophy to do with knowledge is epistemology. Belief in god and Gods does not runleone out of philosophy as many people have made philosophical arguments for and against God that are grounded in reason and logic (cosmological, Teleological, argument from morality etc).

    The difference between philosophy and Religion IMO would be Revelation and religious experience is central in religion whilst it is not in philosophy – although both have came together plenty of times see Thomas aquines and al Ghazzali.

  8. Nice videos. Its really neutral and explaining rather then commenting. Rare to find a channel like this. A Jewel in the Bushes. While all other channels commenting according to themself, this channel brought explaination.

  9. Somebody once told me, "religion is for those who believe in heaven and hell, spirituality is for those who had been to hell and back".

  10. your description of religion is so off that it seems you are intentionally strawmanning it. at 1:53 you exclude EVERY non-deistic religion

  11. lol Absolutely wrong. Psyhcology needs to begin Atheist fallacy ASAP. How the fuck philosophy has nothing to do with God, OMG such ignorant moron yeah im calling you moron because you are preparing a video and putting it on youtube for publice with hidden claim to explain objectively. Holy fuck, have you ever read PLATO ? ARISTOTLE ? How about Socrates ? Or tons of other philosohpers whose philosophical systems either started out from God or had the purpose of reaching to God in an intellectual way.

  12. philosophically the word [god] used as a hypothetical construct to explain observable changes and effects.
    it's just so crazy it might work … until religion is omitted I highly doubt it though.

  13. For sometime now exists the scientific proof for the New Revelation of God ( https://Godsletters.com )

  14. We need religion, over the reason to believe in someone beyond and perfect who is virtues about all humans. So why does God love the sinner, yet condemn the sin?

  15. Love this video! Extremely well done, and you have such a wise, beautiful answer to what is true!

    So many people think there is always some authority in their life, and so people try to obtain the delusion. It's fresh to see someone not trying to create a following but rather a bunch of free thinkers!

  16. I kind of see what you are saying. Even though many religions based themselves on Socrates' idea of The Good, Plato's Ideal Forms, or Heraclitus' notion of the Logos, none of these philosophers relegated these ideas to specific deities or religions. So are you then presupposing that religious structures rather stole their ideas? That would make sense to me.

  17. lovely, clear, and a joyous touch to your voice made something even so serious a pleasure to listen to and ponder, thanks!

  18. Well in Islam,we are required to think and logicate for reason that God really exist..Which are basicly all this perfectly calculated complex of life and intelligence..which requires a higher intelligence

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