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Losing Your Religion

(tip to Chris)



I actually think the whole, "Making up their own stories" business is more frightening then regular religion.

I mean, the whole idea of religion for a believer is that it isn't made up. Believing in a spirituality that you come up with on your own must require some enormous amount of compartmentalizing of thought that... who knows.

I took making up their own stories as creating their own rules to live by. The story of the way we interact with our fellow man and with the planet. It could be that is a frightening prospect, but certainly no worse than most religious stories.

I don't mean to say that is scary, quite the opposite. I just pair her choice of words with the study from a few months back that showed significant numbers of atheists believed in a higher power. I think we are seeing progress but I also think there is a scary middle ground for folks that have some need for the supernatural but reject the teachings of any church.

"...significant numbers of atheists believed in a higher power"

They're doing it wrong.

Does anyone have the link to those charts? Thanks!

Welcome to 1gm, George (you may have posted here before and I missed it). I should drop you an email.


haha just kidding. :P

You know I think even if people ARE creating their own stories, at least they aren't following somebody else's, and allowing some organized religion to pull their strings. I think it's a definite improvement. I mean you take what you can get.

Good to know. If anything is fashionable though, is bashing religion, not being religious. But there's nothing wrong with being fashionable! As long as it's not just for the sake of being fashionable.

I think religious apologists are just saying that as an excuse for the inherent shallowness of religion, and so they can keep their "sophisticated" version of Sky-daddy.

Here's my story:

Life is temporary, and as of right now, science and technology lack the ability to spontaneously create and preserve life; the best we can do is rearrange existing living components. I.e. organizing organic materials into medicine, or replacing organs in one human with those from another. We have not yet bridged the dead -> alive gap.

Therefore, there is a natural scarcity to life, compounded by a plethora of environmental issues; access to clean water rapidly becoming the grand-daddy of them all.

Therefore, my moral compass tells me that we must do all we can to preserve and promote life. For me, this means spending weekends planting in my garden, and adopting dogs rather than pumping out more humans.

And, should we live a good a noble life, we will be rewarded after our death- by being remembered as a worthy person who tried their best.

I consider this a pretty rational worldview, and have not feared death since learning more about the rogues gallery of microorganisms living in the soil. My ultimate fate as worm food means that some day I might help provide a mighty oak tree with nutrients, or help offer some healthy crops to a starving child. A pretty noble endeavor in my opinion.

As far as God goes- never met him, can't prove a negative, and ultimately, pretty irrelevant to my plan.

In other news: Australian man wrestles kangaroo intruder in his home. ;)


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