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In Bavaria, steak is the side-dish you can optionally add on to your asparagus. As it should be.
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A poem I wrote a few months ago; a recent conversation between +Br. Karekin Yarian, BSG and +Daigan Gaither brings it to mind.

Tachment

Buddha
would have me know my attachments
and would teach me
the path to releasing them.

But that’s wrong
as if
Buddha
were attached
to my non-attachment.

(Buddha
is not attached to
what is unattainable.)

Christ
would have me be attached
and would teach me
the path to attachment to him.

But that’s wrong
as if
Christ
needed
to be needed by me.

(Christ
does not need
what is unattainable.)

My detachment
at the feet of Buddha
is not unattainable.

My attachment
at the feet of Christ
is not unattainable.

Christ and Buddha
ironically twinned
and ironically separate
both desiring and not desiring
both focused and not focused
on me alone
as if
there were nothing else.

What in my life
are the attachments
which keep me
from attaching myself
to Christ?

What in my life
are the detachments
which keep me
from learning
from Buddha?

Buddha and Christ
mystically separate
and mystically twinned
both teaching and not teaching
both followed and not followed
by me, alone,
as if
there were nothing else.


I have spent my life
attached
to what is not attachable
and detached
from that to which I am
attached.

To reverse this,
to turn around,
to find the attachments
to detach from,
to find the detachments
to attach to,
is the task
of a human life.

My past
is a burden
with no weight.

The fear of change
of releasing the burden
weighs around my neck.

My future
is a weight
I need not carry.

The fear of stasis
of it pressing upon me
holds me back.

What is the Eightfold Path
for a Christian
if not
the Beatitudes?

What are the two great commandments
for a Buddhist
if not
compassion and detachment?

How happy are they
who release their attachment.
How compassionate those
who are rightly attached.

In fear
and terror
of losing
myself
can I move
forward?

Is it possible
to move forward
by standing
still?

Today I realized Sgt Rizzo and Lt Provenza are the same guy.

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Today I was in xkcd.



The Lord knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. Without a doubt, every one of them is known to him, while we know only those which he lets us read by the grace of discernment. Our spirit does not know all that is in us, nor all of the thoughts which we have, willingly or unwillingly. We do not always perceive our thoughts as they really are. Having clouded vision, we do not discern them clearly with our mind's eye.

- Baldwin

For the record, the dress is obviously green and purple.

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So funny.

If WALL.E Was A CHRISTOPHER NOLAN Film (Interstellar): http://youtu.be/SlHhzB_DNBw

So I just read this rather crappy rant: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/religion/, because +Scott Maxwell  linked to something else at the same site. And +Gavin Doughtie  said something similar recently in a lovely conversation, as did +Tim Campbell

I don't mean to say that these people agree with this post (though they might) though their comments seemed on a similar page. And here's why the post is really kinda sadly wrong.

"I define faith specifically and narrowly as the willful explicit or implicit willingness to believe propositions that the believer perceives to be either unsupported by scientific, historical and/or philosophical evidence and argumentation or has good reason to suspect are undermined by such evidence and argumentation."

That's the quote. Now certainly there are religious believers who have held that their beliefs are of that sort. This point of view is called "fideism", and has a long history. However, it is an extremely rare view, so rare that those who are often thought to hold to it reject it; it's a thing that gets inferred about them even though they don't accept it.

If you ask religious believers why they believe what they do, with almost no exception they proceed to give you a reason for what they believe, what in their life or the world around them leads them to the beliefs they have. And, interestingly, the more thoughtful, the more committed, the more well-read the religious believer, the more likely they are to have a richer account to offer of the reasons for their beliefs.

Now I have no complaint about people who think that this or that person's reasons for religious belief are insufficient, but that's a far cry from what the linked post is concerned with. Remember, the problem isn't belief which happens have insufficient evidence; the problem is the holding it while also thinking there is not sufficient evidence

So my question is: where did this odd little meme come from? Where did the idea come from that religious faith has anything to do with believing a thing while also thinking it doesn't have evidence? This has nothing to do with the word; "faith" means trust or confidence in someone or something. Where did anyone get this meme that it means this kind of foolish believing without any reasons with a kind of middle finger up at rationality? It doesn't match the professed beliefs of actual religious people, but for a pretty tiny minority.

The linked article is filled with other foolishness too, such as the idea that religious believers are all followers of authority (which is, by the way, contrary to fideism, since "I believe it because X says it's true, and I have reasons to think X is a reliable authority" is not believing X without reasons (even if it happens that X isn't a reliable authority after all).

So where did this made-up little fiction about religion get started?
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