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Jan 2 2011, 07:26 PM (Post #1)
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We've had threads numbering in the hundreds of replies for this. That was then, when we hadn't been around so long nor experienced college.

I want to hear your updated views, if any, that you have on organized religion, personal faith and issues pertaining to any higher deity in general. If you believe in one of the major faiths of this world, why? If you choose not to, why? Do you think there should even be a debate in this area since the concept of religion (at least in my view) is more personal than worldly? Feel free to inject your own questions of discourse. No personal attacks, please - or at least try to stay off of it.

Discuss.
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Jan 7 2011, 09:48 PM (Post #2)
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No thoughts?
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Jan 7 2011, 10:46 PM (Post #3)
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Does it seem like a thought-inducing topic? stongue.gif
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Jan 7 2011, 11:12 PM (Post #4)
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I think everyone (myself included) is a bit afraid to get into it and have to defend their faith/ideas/thoughts.

Ugh, I'll start:

I'm Catholic, because I believe in a unified church as requested by Christ and as derived from the Judeo- orthodoxy. Its origins are directly from the time of Christ and the Apostles, and though it has multitude—let's just say issues—in its past, it is a cultural vehicle that preserved the very concept of education, art, architecture, language, etc. for centuries. The vast body of work of the clergy, popes, and saints, show a true and fundamental openness to engaging faith, politics, science, and individuality. It is an institution truly of Humanity, in a way that nothing else is.

It's sad to see in places like England the entire braindead mass turn violently against the church because of its ambiguous position on condoms in Africa (I'm not even kidding).
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Jan 8 2011, 01:12 AM (Post #5)
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QUOTE (Jodi Gajadar @ Jan 7 2011, 03:12 PM)
I think everyone (myself included) is a bit afraid to get into it and have to defend their faith/ideas/thoughts.

Ugh, I'll start:

I'm Catholic, because I believe in a unified church as requested by Christ and as derived from the Judeo- orthodoxy. Its origins are directly from the time of Christ and the Apostles, and though it has multitude—let's just say issues—in its past, it is a cultural vehicle that preserved the very concept of education, art, architecture, language, etc. for centuries. The vast body of work of the clergy, popes, and saints, show a true and fundamental openness to engaging faith, politics, science, and individuality. It is an institution truly of Humanity, in a way that nothing else is.

It's sad to see in places like England the entire braindead mass turn violently against the church because of its ambiguous position on condoms in Africa (I'm not even kidding).
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Can you elaborate more on "true and fundamental openness to engaging ... science" and "cultural vehicle that preserved the very concept of education"? Perhaps in the context of the Medieval ages and even in the Renaissance (recall Galileo and the earth-centric orthodoxy)
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Jan 8 2011, 01:32 AM (Post #6)
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My thoughts haven't really changed. They can be read in the old topic. http://originxt.com/posts/277413
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Jan 9 2011, 07:02 PM (Post #7)
Well why can't we do the shuffle?!
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I don't know if I can be considered Christian. Today's Christianity is very different from what it was shortly after the death of Christ. I read the Bible, I study it, and I follow it. I don't find that Churches do this very well, often coming up with their own rules that they try to pass off as being Biblical when they are not. Biblical rules, however, I find are often bent by these institutions in order to gain control, wealth, and even to just avoid what may have been a minor inconvenience to them. I had even left a denomination which I once loved, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, because the North American Conference is littered with corruption. I don't dislike anyone that belongs to any denomination, I just ask that if they claim to follow Christ that they follow Him the best that they can with the knowledge that they have. When new knowledge is presented to them that is Biblical then I expect them, as followers of Christ, to incorporate this new information into their lives.

And that's how I feel.
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Jan 9 2011, 10:37 PM (Post #8)
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I'm a Jewish Atheist.
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Jan 10 2011, 01:15 AM (Post #9)
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QUOTE (Angel @ Jan 9 2011, 03:37 PM)
I'm a Jewish Atheist.
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How does that work?
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Jan 10 2011, 01:16 AM (Post #10)
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I'd like to meet a girl like that.
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