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Many times I see people on RF share their beliefs, but when met with criticism, scrutiny, or honest inquiry, they get defensive. As we learn more and more about the cosmos, it is inevitable that some of our deeply held beliefs about the nature of reality will be challenged or even dismissed entirely as silly.
Now, obviously people are free to believe whatever they want. They are also free to refuse to provide explanations or the reasoning behind said beliefs. That being said, if you...
The atheist has a teleonomic view of the world. This is in contradistinction to theist who has a teleological one. In the teleonomic worldview of the atheist, there is no purpose; there is just the appearance of purpose which can be explained away (at least, in theory) by blind mechanism. In the teleological worldview of the theist, there is a real (as opposed to an apparent) purpose. Everything is seeking the good where the ultimate good is God (a.k.a. the uncaused cause, the final cause)....
Those who are strong in faith. Would you give up your religion (your life) to save a stranger?
If so, why?
If not, why not?
If this does not apply to you, dont take the poll. Its a yes/no on purpose. Those strong in their faith would know whether their faith is or is not important enough to keep it at the expense of a stranger's life.
In my faith, the Buddha says that Boddhisattvas are to lead others to enlightenment before he or she leads oneself. (To lazy now to find...
it may be interesting to confront these two different doctrines that christianity and islam suggest when their members find themselves in a danger situation.
Taqiya is a form of Islamic dissimulation or a legal dispensation whereby a believing individual can deny his faith or commit otherwise illegal or blasphemous acts while they are in fear or at risk of significant persecution.
martirdom in christianity is the will of a believer to go as...
After Trump made a bombastic statement of not liking having to ask for forgiveness
and since he's Presbyterian (to my understanding, Presbyterians believe everyone is already saved by what Jesus has done, you can correct me if I'm wrong).
my question is, do Presbyterians in general ask for forgiveness or do they not feel the need, since their sins are all forgiven, past present and future?
I wonder if Trump's statement came partially from his religious beliefs.
Well-known Professor Amel Grami points out that early Islamic sources accepted homosexuals as part of a pluralistic tradition that has disappeared from modern Islamist thought.
Makes sense to me and is not unexpected. Much of modern Islam has really lost the plot. But there is hope.
If you were reasonably certain there was a Supreme Deity of the Universe, under what conditions, if any, would you worship it?
I got this from another thread; and, I thought it was a good question. If we already give reverence to life-in this example nature (all living)-why is there a need to deify it?
I mean, I give reverence to nature every day; and, I feel uncomfortable deifying nature, Gohonzon, or what/whoever I devote my gratitude towards.
Why do you deify...
To the religious, why do you deify the object/s and/or people/s of your religion? (If you're the exception, why do...
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