Post by reynoldbot on Dec 4, 2006 13:58:27 GMT -4
jason said:Okay, now that I've established that I wasn't trying to offend you before, it's time to offend you.
Don't you think it's a bit condescending to say "I don't need it, and I think other people are basically fooling themselves when they join an organized religion, but I have no problem with them doing so,"? Granted you have pointed out that there are other possible benefits for participating in organized religion - mostly social - but you really think that all those religious people have got it wrong, don't you? That if they had a little more of an intellectual attitude towards their religion (ANY organized religion) they would realize that it has some serious problems?
I'd say you have a bit of a point with the first part but you are putting words in my mouth at the second part, you know, the part where you start making assumptions. I don't find it condescending to be accepting of religion though I personally do not relate to it. I think creationists and literalists are fooling themselves but otherwise I do not think religious people are fools. I can in no way confirm that my beliefs are any better than anyone else's. I could become a Christian as long as I was allowed to interpret the mythology as mythology and not a true account of the history of mankind.
but you really think that all those religious people have got it wrong, don't you?
If this was true, how would my beliefs be any different than the beliefs of any religion? Every religion considers itself the "true word of God," and considers all other religions to be wrong. You are accusing me of doing what every religious person does.
That if they had a little more of an intellectual attitude towards their religion (ANY organized religion) they would realize that it has some serious problems?
I think certain religions suffer from their refusal to adapt to knowledge gained about the universe but I do not immediately pair ignorance with religion as you suggest.
Basically all I have done is boil down the notion of a supreme being down to the absolute most basic aspect which is creator of everything.