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As we're all aware, the term "religion" covers a vast array of diverse traditions. With such heterogeneity, we may often use qualifiers in front of that term to specify which types of religion within the umbrella we speak of. One such qualifier is the word "organized." We sometimes say there is "organized religion" and "unorganized religion." While clearly these descriptors would lie among a gradient or continuum rather than a binary, what does that mean when we say a religion is...
is a documentary (once up for an Academy Award) available on Netfix disc or Instant Viewing that will either make you get down on your knees and thank the lord or make you cringe in disgust. Other than pointing out a few particulars, there's no commentary of any kind, leaving you free to make of it what you will.
I noted that the science book being used in the early part of the documentary, Exploring Creation with Physical Science, is a creationist text book. No surprise.
Why are there so many Wiccan misconceptions in the US?
Here is a short list of the ones I have commonly found in recent days.
1: Wicca is knowingly Satanic.
2: Wicca is unknowingly Satanic.
3: Wiccans use harmful magic.
4: Only females can be Wiccan.
5: All Wiccans only worship the Goddess.
6: Wiccans where all black.
7: Most Wiccans are teenagers.
8: Wiccans do human or animal sacrifices.
Can anyone provide any insight as to why these exist?
Does consciousness play any causal role? If so, what role does it play?
According to (atheist) Susan Blackmore, consciousness does not play any causal role. It's simply an epiphenomenon. Here's her argument in a nutshell.
The driving force behind everything that happens is replicator power. Genes fight it out to get into the next generation, and in the process biological design comes about. Memes fight it out to get passed on into another brain or book or object, and in the process cultural...
This dimension we are now living in is ruled by abrahamic god.He rules this world with an iron fist namely pain and fear.We cannot live our hearts desires because abrahamic god is the ultimate constricter and restrainer.We have no option but bend before him and wish to get accepted by him or else he will torture us , make us miserable.All of our longings desires will just make it harder because we are trapped in his dimension and he won't let us into another.We should just accept we are his...
A few months ago paarsurvey posted a neat thread titled "The contributions of the sciences to Religion," asking for our thoughts.
Some very interesting remarks resulted, and some not so much, but in all it's generated 288 posts.
This got me wondering if anyone thinks religion has contributed anything to the sciences. So . . . . . . . as paarsurvey said:
Everybody is welcome to give one's valued thoughts here.
Christians only please.
Wound this insult you if a non-christian gave this to you because of your faith in god?
My co-worker/friend introduced me to this social media thing called Instragram. I'm not really a social media person; but, I downloaded as an app on my phone. It was nice. I can put quotes and things like that. So, I sent this quote to my very very Christian friend thinking she would like the quote itself.
She messaged me on the app unspet saying, "I respect your being an atheist,...
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