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  •  It's the illusion of certainty (13+ / 0-)

    I watched a lecture on this recently, and it's what human beings do to cope with the scary, uncertain world. We (they) take uncertain things, like religion, and make them certain. This necessitates a shift from viewing religion as a subjective standard to viewing religion as an objective standard.

    It's really the refuge of pathetic, fearful minds.

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 04:00:46 PM PDT

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    •  Joseph Campbell wrote about that. (4+ / 0-)

      If you take religion and the various parables as a guide to life, imparting lessons on behavior and caring for others, that's one thing.

      But if you try to make them certain, concrete, unmovable and unchangeable, then you've altered religion itself.  The purpose of being a guide for life is destroyed by making the concepts certain.

      It's really the refuge of pathetic, fearful minds.
      There's a problem right now with a serial rapist in my city.  Last weekend, a religious group appeared in the affected neighborhood and, in a TV interview, proclaimed,
      "We are here to pray away the forces of fear and darkness. We are asking god's protection of these fine people in this neighborhood."
      It was just moments from sounding like reading of entrails and divining smoke wisps in the Temple of Athena. By enacting their rituals, they'd drive this rapist away and he'd simply never be seen again.  The invisible hand of a white haired old man riding on a fluffy cloud was going to lay down a shield against serial rape.

      What's so silly about that, to me, is that if God is all powerful and all present, then they don't need to ask hiim to show up.  And if God is permitting this to happen, well, is that just to get people out into the streets praying? That's pretty manipulative, isn't it?

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 10:05:08 PM PDT

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    •  Some humans. NT (0+ / 0-)

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:56:39 AM PDT

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      •  Eh (0+ / 0-)

        I think it's likely that all humans try to turn the uncertain into certainty in some way or another. It's just that some people have gotten past this with religion.

        "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

        by Grizzard on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:34:03 PM PDT

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