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Based on another thread...
Follow along with me here, while I present the opening statements for this discussion.
First off the point of this thread for my part is not to call science and the empirical method into doubt, but to hopefully illustrate a point.
A good number of materialists and skeptics often point to science as a verification method for information in an exclusive way. Claiming that science alone constitutes valid evidence or proofs to establish a premise.
My question is:...
CAUTION: The following views are my own and are offered here not as Gospel Truths, but rather to stimulate conversation. Having said that, I am of course undoubtedly right about everything I say.
I am of the alarming and insufferable opinion that the Renaissance begins on April 26, 1336 with Petrarch's attaining the summit of Mont Ventoux.
Safer, more conservative souls -- including many scholars -- have dated the Renaissance from when Petrarch began his ascent of the mountain, or from...
(One of my favourite Tim Hardin songs, lol)
I am sure this has been asked many times, but any willing to contribute would be appreciated. Given all the various religious beliefs, what exactly caused you to accept one particular belief over another given that there are essentially five choices, and any reasons for doing so:
1. Leave it all in the air and make no choice.
2. Believe that all religions are essentially correct in their own way - with of course reservations.
3. Believe that some...
For the purposes of this question, feel free to substitute the word "field” with "God" and “rig” with “human” if that better suits your perspective on things.
As a rig, I dig only on one field. My field has promised me that as long I stay loyal to Him, when I die, I will turn into a field and be with him for ever, ever, and ever.
So, how many fields do you dig, and what did your field promised you?
"Iceland could become the first country in Europe to ban male circumcision, prompting criticism from religious groups about the ritual practiced in both Judaism and Islam.
The legislation being debated by Iceland’s Parliament would impose a six-year jail term on anyone who “removes part or all of (a child’s) sexual organs” for nonmedical reasons.
“It’s an attack on freedom of religion,” Ahmad Seddeeq, the Egyptian-born imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland, said Monday (Feb. 19)....
...and those who tell us what to think so we don't have to.
It seems to me this is the core issue with believing in external authorities. It is a projection, an escape, of not wanting to deal with the difficult issues of navigating our own internal landscapes and finding our way through to Truth. We want others to tell us the way, so we don't have to take responsibility. "God said it, I believe it, that settles it for me," is a form of cowardice.
From a Buddhist or Hindu perspective, what happens if I have no desire for liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth? I am quite content if that cycle continues as is. To me it's just another desire and I thought the whole point was to rid oneself of all desire.
Jesus tells us, when you pray, do not advertise it, go to your room, close the door, put on privacy. Do not talk too much for God already knows what you need. Then he gives us his world-famous example. He also adds that if you forgive, you will be forgiven. If you do not, neither will you be forgiven.
My questions for discussion are these…
Is Jesus teaching us that our direct relationship with God is to be cultivated as a private (personal, intimate) relationship?
Is Jesus teaching us...
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