The designation is a polemical one, connoting a distance taken from the acts of persons, other than oneself, which must be called religious, but which either seem exaggerated (superstition), or are forbidden by official religion. Pastors, especially, and (other) intellectuals use it to disparage the piety of the ‘uneducated folk.’ From an atheistic viewpoint, any religion can be called superstition.
Cite this pageAuffarth, Christoph, “Superstition”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 28 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00060>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223
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