The Question (ID Number 112)...
...and the response:Beliefs are about things that are either factual or not. Reincarnation either happens or it doesn't. Jesus either rose from the dead or he didn't. You go on living after death or you don't. Animism is not a belief but a worldview: The world is a sacred place and we are part of it. The factuality of this statement is not the issue. To say that the world is a sacred place is to make a statement about values, not facts. It's a statement about what you mean by "sacred," just as "money can't buy happiness" is a statement about what you mean by "happiness." To put it all very simply, animism isn't a belief system, it's a value system.
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