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I believe in Human Beings. I believe that the only hope humanity has comes from within ourselves. It will not be coming from some outside agency or pretending that it does.
I believe that the tales of gods are human fantasy or misinterpreted altered states of consciousness. I think that scientific materialism is the closet thing we have to a working model of the universe. I am for all practical purposes a secular humanist.
I think neuroscience holds the key to understanding human reality and not mystical revelation.
Eventually the crap dam should break under the credibility pressure... or will it ?
How far can blind faith run before the ridicule factor kicks in ? (A couple more layers on top of that cheese cake should do lol)
Rationality and significant scientific discoveries have traditionally been threats to the static dictates of the church. The forced adjustments and perpetual apologetic discourse totally discredit the construct.
Galileo affair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
... took 400 years to recognize Galileo lol
The whole Galileo affair is interesting, burning people at the stake for refusing to believe something the Church was teaching that was completely destroyed by science is pretty despicable. These days they seem to be willing to shift their perspectives to be more in line with scientific thinking, like when they said that belief in ET doesn't conflict with Catholic dogma. I applaud them for their apparent progress but you would really have to laugh if they hadn't learned their lesson after all this time.
I just finished reading this thread which moved from interesting historical discussion to the downward spiral of believer vs. non-believer which aways gets ugly b/c we forget about how some people use belief to enhance their lives.
Historically, there us always a real person at the heart of any religion: Buddah, Siddhartha, & Allah started three religions that all still violently hate each other - a sad commentary of how people kill good ideas by making rules for others to follow lest they e eternally damned (& while you're alive we'll shame you, beat you & isolate you). William Blake in, "The Marriage of Heaven & Hell" that first came the poet who spoke of mysticism & transcendence, & then the priests showed up & stole the words of the poets &made rules & claimed power. In a nutshell we see how the church as protected pedophiles, denounced women's right to control their bodies. But this does not make the religion, or the belief bad. To each they're own - live in peace.
Recently my ten year old explained her thoughs on religion much to the disappointment of her grandmother, "believing in god is like believing in superstitions." I felt proud in that moment - one less peace of imposed guilt & fear of punishment accompanying low self-esteem fr her
Religions aren't supposed to progress... Thus the currently unwavering position concerning gay marriage. This is so messed up that you've got young earth creationists (YEC) who still think the earth is 6000 years old (scripture compatible lol) and a Vatican that believes in ET. If the Catholics/Christians keep on stretching the plate with more apologetic bandaid, the already discredited foundations will be blown to smithereens lol.