If all religions took this stance I believe alot of them would be better off.....
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- I wasn't trying to call you out specifically in the examples above. I think you've been very open minded in pursing and allowing the conversations that have been spawned by your recent posts. I appreciate that. I was using the examples broadly to say how I might respond if I was more directly committed to one of the religions that might take a defensive approach to your posts.Mar 30, 2012
- I see your point about it, I have learned alot from the convos on Plus from my posts. I was raised Roman Catholic and have alot of issues in the past with close minded people there with a surprising amount of hatred and intolerance ( yes I did get kicked out of confirmation classes for arguing with a priest over moral issues LOL) and I think it sometimes leaks out on my postsMar 30, 2012
- I got in trouble as a teen in youth group for trying to discuss theories that the last supper was actually a psychoactive drug binge. :) Followed that up with an argument with the pastor over if Exodus 21:22-23 clarifies God's stand on when a fetus is considered equal to a human life and was politely asked not to return. People hate to be challenged on their core beliefs - but if you're involved yourself in a pursuit that is all about asking questions, it seems silly to hide your head in the sand when a decent one comes up. My mom and her side of the family including my 5 half-siblings were all brought up Roman Catholic. It seems like a tough road to walk - from what I know of it.Mar 30, 2012
- http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/30/7-reasons-catholics-leave-church-in-trenton-1-is-sex-abuse-crisis/?hpt=hp_c2 This is an interesting and related read - it also answers the question on how Catholics are responding to dissatisfaction with the leadership of the church.Mar 30, 2012
- Well here I am, the unique one, born and raised atheist by two atheist parents who not only do not believe in gods, but never bothered to bring them up past telling me how to lie to my boy scout council during interviews so that I wouldn't get kicked out. What little I thought of god I gleaned from television and movies and other unavoidable exposure, and that quickly disappeared right around the time I realized that Santa and the rest were "lies". I didn't read the bible until I was in my early twenties and then I didn't care for it. The way it was written seemed primed to cause confusion and for the life of me I couldn't understand why an intelligent, all-powerful being who had used language to confuse and disorient us would then try to use language to relay information to us. It seemed to me it would be easier to pass the information along through, I don't know, a magic stone that one gazed upon revealed all the knowledge through clear thought rather than text that could be used to manipulate the message. Thus began my decent into capital "A" Atheism.
I think it's easy to forget that despite all of the good things you can attribute to religion, it, or more specifically the people who practice it, have also done a lot of damage to some people's minds. Psychologically speaking, there's an argument for the anger that atheists feel. For some, perhaps it's therapeutic to release some of the rage that has built up inside of them from being ostracized by the people who once claimed to love them unconditionally (or a multitude of other issues that serve no point to list). The Kubler-Ross model puts "anger" quite a few steps away from "acceptance". Though I myself never suffered anything like this, I find it akin to how I feel empathetic anger towards serious race related issues, despite myself being a middle-class white boy.Mar 30, 2012
- you said: "... science has no evidence whatsoever of reincarnation..."
Bear in mind that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.Mar 31, 2012