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Do “Quotes from scientists” value as “Science and (or) Religion”,please?
Or none of the two.
Open for comments for everybody.
So I'll argue, perhaps weakly, that they construct it. They are given the pieces to make truth, through merit of the fact that they can put forth ideas that really work. Words and concepts can be put forward that people believe in, that give them purpose and fulfillment. That seems to be the truth for all intents and purposes, as far as we can know. It also is a quality of real respect between people, to allow each of them to subscribe to what they decide is truth.
It could also be that we...
When it comes to trustworthiness, who wins the prize? The religious? The nonreligious?
According to a recent survey done by the PEW Research group, roughly two-thirds of Americans would respond with: neither!
Source: Americans trust both religious, nonreligious people
This is great, considering how little the category of "religious" and "nonreligious" really means given the heterogeneity of both groups. Drilling down into the data, though, we see some expected in-group and...
I'm new to this site but it looks interesting, like a place for a lot of topics.
I'm Baha'i, have anyone here have heard of the baha'i faith, if you have what do you think of it?
Because I am new I don't really know if this is the appropriate section for me because we have to be careful about the word debate. Sometimes debate could mean to argue and I don't want to do that. For me this is about sharing beliefs and information and finding truths.
I’d prefer this thread in general debates as it is a topic not confined to only Christians but moderators please feel most welcome to move it if you wish.
Christ said to ‘watch and pray’ for His Return.
My understanding is He said this so that His Second Coming would not be missed.
How will you know from your own watching and praying whether He has returned or not? Or will you rely on scholars, priests ministers and clergy or the pope to inform you?
I think Jesus left a couple of clues....
"As Americans gear up for a long and bitterly contentious presidential election year, their message to religious leaders and institutions couldn’t be clearer: Keep out.
That’s the finding in the latest Pew Research poll, which found that 63% of Americans say churches and other houses of worship should stay out of politics, and 76% said religious congregations should not make political endorsements.
If you're religious, would you give a religion's stance on a secular political...
I saw in a number of news outlets that Pope Francis is considering adding the category of “ecological sin” to the Catholic Church’s official teachings.
I don't have a lot of details yet, but as a general idea, I like it, not in terms of adding it to a list of sins, but people need to take better care of the earth.
This is not just about religion, it affects everyone, religious or not
Is it justified to interpret someone's scriptures differently than those the scripture belongs to?
For example, the New Age teaching that Jesus was a guru who lived in India, and that he was teaching a form of eastern religion.
No he didn't and no he wasn't.
Seems to me, we have to understand people's religious claims from the perspective of those who believe and practice the religion. And, we have to understand and interpret people's scriptures from the perspective of how those who...
Inspired by @Trailblazer 's thread here: Atheists, if God existed….
Say a charlatan wanted to create a false religion that people would follow. What would that religion look like?
A few of my own thoughts:
- the charlatan would put himself in a position where he could control the beliefs of the religion. He would be the "official" conduit between the religion's adherents and God: a prophet, messenger, messiah, something like that.
- he would arrange it so that no proof of God - or of...
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