To all of you who know me on this forum, you know that I am a religious/spiritual person. I observe weekly mass as my Catholic upbringing taught me, but personally hold a Gnostic view of the universe. Which, in large part, lends itself to transhumanism for those who know it's tenants.
This is not intended as an inquisition to root out insecurities or an attempt at conversion. Every belief is sacred and has it's share of merits and flaws; and that faith, even the lack of it, inspires such impassioned emotions in humanity is only a testament to how central it is in our hearts.
What I ask for those of us who do not believe in the existence of a greater power is merely out of curiosity, nothing more.
When most people speak against religion, their usual examples are that of Christianity or rarer Judaism. Islam is often cited as the source of suicide bombings, but the actual practice of it is rarely as vilified. Even stranger, older faiths, such as the adherence to the gods of Olympus, whom demanded blood sacrifice; are rarely mentioned. Such "tribal" faiths are usually used as a throwaway line to point out how silly it was to believe the gods as responsible for natural phenomenon. Then however, it's swiftly forgotten to return to the Judeo-Christian practices.
Why is this? Bhuddism, Hinduism, Shinto, Voodoo, and many more are still practiced religions but rarely mentioned as examples against religious thought.
Again, I wish to stress, I'm not trying to accuse anyone of anything, merely trying to understand a way of thinking that's not my own in the hopes of gaining perspective.
Your passion is power. Focus it.
Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!