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  •  you have truth and "Truth" (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    truth is what is found out by scientific study or research of facts via investigation.  (think evolution, fraud, crimes)

    "Truth" is what you have when you believe a religious text (any) and what the religiousily employed (priest, pope, preacher, mulallah, etc,) tell you without questioning the source and/or specifically looking in the "holy book/text" for a word or sentance that appears/can be twisted to support your belief.  

    I think the best are the religious who say followers of a slighly different version of thier religion are not "true" or "really" __.  I.E. I know an mega church style religious person that think Catholics are not really as Christian as they should be.

    Other fun:  At a xmas service where all people are "blessing" the nativity scene.  Imagine if you will several hundred (may be 1,000) people with right arms outstreched and hands held flat.  Now imagine the same scene in black and white and the people dressed in military uniforms and/or 1940's clothes.  Scary.

    Then again, spent some time in Germany (where they have really old cities) and looked at many of the old (1000's, 1300's,) Gothic style churchs and catherdals.  I have to say, if you need a building to scream "CHURCH" it is one of those.  I have a hard time looking at an industrial building/ storefront, or multimedia theater as a church.

    Two quotes I wish to live by "Strength and Honor" (Gladiator) and "Do or Do Not, There is no Try" (SW-ESB).

    by SQD35R on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 12:10:04 PM PST

    •  When I was in Germany (1+ / 0-)
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      Killer of Sacred Cows

      I was struck by a torture chamber in a castle with a crucifix on the wall in sight of the rack. "Oh bless this tormented man. And bless us, the holy ones doing the tormenting"

      I guess by "truth" in that last line I meant "what is true" concerning the talking point and the article I linked, rather than the broad philosophical question.

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