I'm a bit confused today. I mean - aren't ALL religions we know about 'Earth Religions'? It's not like they are Alpha Centauri religions. They are being practiced here on Earth ... or at farthest they were practiced on the Moon, but still from Earth by Earthlings/humans.
"Oh, but Fern," I've been told, "Other religions seek to TRANSCEND Earth."
You mean the folks who keep telling me that we are NOT humans, but 'spirits having an Earthly experience'? You mean the folks who are after Enlightenment as opposed to Gnosis?
"No, I mean Christians because they deny folks Earthy Pleasures." Actually, that could better be said of the Buddhists, who could see walking out on your Wife and newborn child as "the path to enlightenment' and see the entire Universe as illusion/Maya keeping you from enlightenment. And to whom attachment to pleasure leads inevitably to suffering.
And, darlings, it's not like Christians are one uniform group. Sure, some of them see Earth as corrupt and evil. Most don't. OTOH, most Pagan religions have a 'golden age' as part of their mythos, so it could very well be argued that 'we' see the Earth/Humans/the whole shebang as 'fallen' and 'corrupt' and 'entropic' and dammit what is the word I'm looking for? I'll think of it eventually .... might even put it in here.
"We" are not significantly different from 'them'. We have more in common than most of us like to admit. Because all religions on Earth arise from [the Gods] filling human needs and the experiences of living on this planet in these bodies.