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  •  Like, say, Carl Sagan. (3+ / 0-)
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    "Contact" is something everyone should read (the movie is OK but the book is sooooooo much deeper); I was about to give a brief description but don't even want to bother with SPOILER ALERT.  If you've read it, you know what I mean; if you haven't, go to the library or get the paperback.  

    It really depends who is asking the question & what the motive is.  Some are, shall we say, Inquisitive; some are genuinely curious.  It's counterproductive to respond to the latter as if they are the former.  Those who are sensitive to problems of prejudice should keep that in mind across the board, something the diarist's efforts clearly do.

    Sometimes I can't believe it; I'm movin' past the feelin'...

    by Leftcandid on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 07:09:06 AM PDT

    •  I saw the movie but have not read the book... (3+ / 0-)
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      But even the movie put forward some provocative ideas.  Not sure I agree with you that one can't present their own "elevator speech" to both the inquisitive and the genuinely curious.  But maybe you can say more about "Inquisitive" with a capital "I", as in the Inquisition perhaps?

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      by leftyparent on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 08:04:43 AM PDT

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      •  Sorry; I meant that one shouldn't respond to the (3+ / 0-)
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        question of belief in God as if the questioner is always conducting his/her own little Inquisition to separate an Us from a Them, but rather sincerely, as if the question is always sincere.  How things go from there will be determined more by the motive of the questioner, but it's far better to promote real discussion of spiritual/ philosophical import at every opportunity, because that results in more of what you advocate.

         

        Sometimes I can't believe it; I'm movin' past the feelin'...

        by Leftcandid on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 08:27:25 AM PDT

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    •  I loved that movie... (1+ / 0-)
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      I think Sagan had something profound to say.  I'll have to read the book, too.

      I read The Demon Haunted World right before, also.  I don't remember it so much but that movie was very touching. There is a holiness to love that expands far beyond the bounds of religion.

      What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

      by rosabw on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 10:49:26 AM PDT

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      •  Let me put it this way... (1+ / 0-)
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        although I'm not sure that it helps the conversation....I'll give you 10,000 Jimmy Swaggarts for 1 Carl Sagan.  You don't even have to go there for the Pat Robertson.

        What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

        by rosabw on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 11:01:18 AM PDT

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