Are Western Religions Part of
Western Materialist Culture?
In a broader sense yes.
Western religions, including Islam, generally have the same basic
outward view of life as Western science. This is evidenced by their
emphasis on conversion and the formation of institutions, and their
frequent hostility towards spiritual traditions, which is why
orthodox Islam has oppressed the Sufis, just as orthodox
Christianity oppressed its mystics, and why modern science dismisses
mysticism itself as a delusion.
Western religion - with some
notable exceptions - has generally presented itself as a worldly
institution seeking to grow in numbers, force, wealth and territory,
not as a spiritual path requiring going beyond worldly seeking. Its
discipline has been an outer one of loyalty to the faith, the church
or the book, not an inner discipline of seeking liberation and
Self-realization. For this reason the spiritual dimension that is
found in meditational traditions is largely lacking in Western