Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Second Best Religion

I remember a story about a man who was looking for a contractor. After he interviewed each one, he asked them who they thought would be the second best one for the job. Then he hired the one who got the most votes as second best.

So what would happen if you asked everyone to pick the second best religion (assuming, of course, that they are already practicing the "best" religion). Here are my predictions: Jews and Muslims would both opt for Christianity. Christians would opt for Judaism. Hindus would move to either Christianity or Islam. Buddhists I really have no idea. Atheists would probably pick Buddhism (I don't know why, but almost all atheists I know have a strange affinity for Buddhism.)

Is my assessment correct? Is Christianity the second best religion?


Blogger Noumenon said...

You know how when asked "What animal would you like to be" almost everyone says dolphin? The poll could turn out like that. If people respond by which religion has the most positive adjectives and impresses the interviewer instead of by theology, maybe Buddhism would win.

And then Shintoism has no chance just from number of practitioners. No fair.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

[i]almost everyone says dolphin?[/i]

They do? Weird. I'd pick something that wasn't eaten by killer whales.

[i]And then Shintoism has no chance just from number of practitioners. No fair.[/i]

It does skew results by familiarity, but one could argue that if a religion truly was the best, it would have more adherents.

7:47 PM  

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