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Featured What have you learned in RF ?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Amanaki, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Amanaki

    Amanaki The truth lay within you.

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    What do you see as the best part of RF?
    Have you learned something you want to use in your personal life?
     
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  2. Brickjectivity

    Brickjectivity holy roly poly
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    For one thing it has enriched my musical tastes. I also am enriched by meeting lots of people: retirees, vagabonds, merchants, medical professionals. It has certainly been a place for thinking, and thinking is the best form of entertainment. Bottom line it is very entertaining, a place to meet nice people and to watch some very talented people communicate.
     
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  3. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Ignorant Heathen Libertarian Capitalist
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    Argue politics here.
    Not at home.
     
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  4. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora
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    RF now and then brings a few people together in friendship from very diverse backgrounds and perspectives. I think that when it does, it's living up to its mission.
     
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  5. Debater Slayer

    Debater Slayer Born-again Glompist
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    The cultural, intellectual, and religious diversity of the community and the fellowship that many members have displayed over the years despite strongly disagreeing on a lot of hot-button topics.

    A lot. I was a conservative Muslim when I first joined. It is mainly thanks to RF that I have become a secular humanist, feminist, and supporter of LGBT rights. I try to live up to these principles in my personal life.
     
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  6. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora
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    In the nearly 15 years I've been on RF, I've learned that humans, including myself, are a whole lot less rational, and far more egotistical, than I once suspected. I'm not being sarcastic. It's been a real -- and important -- lesson for me. I've also come a lot closer to adopting Spinoza's attitude: “I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.”
     
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  7. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    RF is a great social leveller.
     
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  8. JJ50

    JJ50 Active Member

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  9. Willamena

    Willamena Just me
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    I've learned how not to talk. There are times when nothing can be said, and times when nothing should be said.
     
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  10. Unveiled Artist

    Unveiled Artist LGBT Stonewall historic marker

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    Yes. I learned more distinctly what I do not believe; my deal breakers.

    I learned that people's inner opinions online is something I would have never thought people believe offline. It shocks me for lack of better words.

    I can't say I learned about different religions because eastern ones,the terminology puts barriers to learning. Christianity is covered with people's opinions and not the religion itself. I learned some things from JW and a ton of things more from Bahai than all other religions here.

    I would say I learned patience only when I have soda and a snack nearby or multitasking or about to knock out.

    What would I use in my personal life?

    To be honest, nothing. If I were spiritually lost or a seeker, maybe this would help get an idea of religious thought. Right now it's mostly learning from experience and interaction with community who don't need to think the same to work and grow together.
     
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  11. Nakosis

    Nakosis crystal soldier
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    I've learned several new words. Sometimes a poster will throw a new word at me which will send me scrambling for a definition.

    Also it helps me with confrontational discussions. Helps me learn how not to become emotionally triggered by a particular word or phrase.
     
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  12. BSM1

    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    I can tie my own shoes now.
     
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  13. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Ignorant Heathen Libertarian Capitalist
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    Those foot glove thingies?
    I've considered trying them.
     
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  14. sun rise

    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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    I've learned how much fun it can be sparring with a few individuals such as @Revoltingest and @Wu Wei in joke threads. I've also been challenged a few times to back up my opinions and have occasionally had to eat metaphorical crow (no corvids were harmed in this or other posts).
     
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  15. Quintessence

    Quintessence Tale Weaver
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    I originally came to this place after leaving some other forum sites that were poorly moderated, to put it mildly. I wanted a place to discuss religion and theology. Somehow, against all odds, this place existed. I stuck around because it was not overrun by beat-you-over-the-head preachers (whether theistic or non-theistic) and was one of those rare places you could find civil dialogue on the internet. Now I get to help keep it that way. :D

    I think RF has been influential in convincing me that the labels "theist" and "atheist" are pretty darned meaningless without context. It was all those threads about atheist babies and rocks. It seems we couldn't go more than three or four months without some giant thread debating what "atheist" means. It drove me nuts, especially since it seems we couldn't have substantive discussions about what "theist" means. No, that is not an invitation to make another thread about atheist babies. Don't you freaking dare! :mad:
     
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  16. Wu Wei

    Wu Wei ursus senum severiorum and ex-Bisy Backson

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    I've learned NOTHING!!!!!...but then.....I'm uneducable :D
     
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  17. Godobeyer

    Godobeyer the word "Islam" means "submission" to God
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    I learn many things from RF.
    About religions even my religion Islam, and Western culture (not from movies) and kindness of people of different religious and nations .and developed my English :D
     
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  18. BSM1

    BSM1 Who's a good boy?

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    Nonsense! You learned that...
     
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  19. Augustus

    Augustus the Unreasonable

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    I reckon about 90% of what have learnt here has come from a small number of posters (<10), although these people post from pretty diverse perspectives.

    Many people have posted things that I have learned from though, but I tend to pay more attention to specific topics especially when people provide sources to support their views (which I often follow up on).
     
  20. TheresOnlyNow

    TheresOnlyNow The Mind Is Everything. U R What U Think

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    It's a magnet for those who hate the religious and particularly Christians.
     
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