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converting back unto theism - yes it's true.
#11
RE: converting back unto theism - yes it's true.
If this is true, and I use the word if advisedly, then it is a great shame.

However, we are not privy to TW personal life and innermost thoughts. Nor do we know what issues he may personally be wrestling with that have led him back to this particular security blanket. After all, none of us know why we are here and what, if any, the reason for things are and if TW needs religion at this point in his life to help him make sense of things then so be it.

I can only hope this is just one stage in his journey and he doesn't give up his innate ability to think for himself and revisit the original convictions that led him away from superstition in the first place.
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#12
RE: converting back unto theism - yes it's true.
congratulations on your return to thinking for yourself TW and release from that security blanket of limited horizons. Hope you stick around Wink
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#13
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(March 13, 2010 at 6:00 am)fr0d0 Wrote: congratulations on your return to thinking for yourself TW and release from that security blanket of limited horizons. Hope you stick around Wink

Yes, now that you've decided to let this fellow

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do all your thinking for you and tell you how to behave and what to do you can settle down to the nice comfortable life of a mindless obedient automaton :S
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#14
RE: converting back unto theism - yes it's true.
security blanket? Assuming he'll give up his ability for reason because he has a belief?

Ok I'm just going to put this out there, because sometimes I get tired of the connotations placed upon religion. Let's just assume that God is nothing more than a mental construct to rationalize some moral absolute objective to our own subjective perspective on reality. How is that in any way a bad thing of itself. God forbid (no pun intended) we ever find actual truth in the hypothesis. People suppose religion = delusion = harmful to society. Religion does not exlcude rational thought, it's simply a different belief and should be respected as much a belief in science and psychology and abiogenesis is. They're not mutually exclusive. Every moment is a stange in our journey of understanding. Implying religion is a step backwards is preposterous.
"There ought to be a term that would designate those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus, since the word 'Christian' has been largely divorced from those teachings, and so polluted by fundamentalists that it has come to connote their polar opposite: intolerance, vindictive hatred, and bigotry." -- Philip Stater, Huffington Post

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RE: converting back unto theism - yes it's true.
Yes, now that you've decided not to let this fellow

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do all your thinking for you and tell you how to behave and what to do you can escape from the nice comfortable life of a mindless obedient automaton :S
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#16
RE: converting back unto theism - yes it's true.
If you refer to something as a security blanket, you mean that it provides someone with a feeling of safety and comfort when they are in a situation that worries them or makes them feel nervous.

I think that sums up religion quite nicely.

Spirituality, philosophy, a belief in a deeper dimension to reality etc. may not be steps backwards but for me, catholicism certainly is.
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#17
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Although it should be noted that many religions in practice (wether they are religions for owners of blue cars or CHristians or whatever else) do take steps back. It is possible for a religion to be of entire benefit to a society... and perhaps to even embrace a technological stance. But I don't know of nay religions that do much of this in practice. :S
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Where the dear and the strangers can play
Where sometimes is heard a discouraging word
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#18
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(March 13, 2010 at 6:12 am)fr0d0 Wrote: Yes, now that you've decided not to let this fellow

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do all your thinking for you and tell you how to behave and what to do you can escape from the nice comfortable life of a mindless obedient automaton :S

That's right, because I always refer to the great works of Dawkins and his doctrines before I do anything or make any important decisions for he is my spiritual leader and guru. Angel Cloud
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I know you do Dar, I know you do!
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#20
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And now he's telling me to go off and have a big sandwich, so I must obey....
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