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  •  Hmm (1+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama

    Well, to me it's both. God is very personal, but his authority is separate from ours.

    I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I lead you in, some one else would lead you out. - Eugene Debs.

    by cabaretic on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 06:41:00 AM PDT

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    •  that's the thing though (3+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, wilderness voice, pvasileff

      the authority, to me, seems entirely human derived too. It was always a sticking point between me and sunday school teachers.

      (I should note here that I went to Quaker school for the first few years of my schooling and even though most of the school wasn't Quaker or even Christian, everyone had to go to Meeting on Wednesday afternoon. I've more or less always been an atheist but I've always found the Quaker faith pretty darn cool and humanistic.)

      Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility- mperiousRex.

      by terrypinder on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 07:01:00 AM PDT

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      •  I appreciate that (2+ / 0-)
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        Wee Mama, terrypinder

        I will say that each of us who considers himself/herself a believer must always use careful discernment. Is this God, or is this me? In Worship, we're implored to do the very same thing and share a message ONLY if it really is Spirit-led.

        I'm glad to hear that Quaker school left a favorable impression upon you. Once upon a time, Quaker schools were for Quaker kids alone. I personally wish we'd go back in that direction, but there is too much money to be made and parents of all faiths (or no faiths) pay huge amounts in tuition for progressive education.

        We're supposed to be all about equality, but it eliminates many deserving kids who just can't foot the bill. Anyway, that's a whole different personal gripe.

        I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I lead you in, some one else would lead you out. - Eugene Debs.

        by cabaretic on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 07:07:54 AM PDT

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        •  I wish I could have continued at (2+ / 0-)
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          Wee Mama, pvasileff

          the Quaker school to be honest. Progressive before progressive was an actual thing. If only all education was that way; we'd be in such a better place.

          anyway I didn't want you to think I was being antagonistic. I know how this site (and sometimes, even me,) can be and I was genuinely curious as to your thought process. Thanks for engaging :)

          Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility- mperiousRex.

          by terrypinder on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 07:30:12 AM PDT

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          •  I appreciate your contribution (2+ / 0-)
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            terrypinder, Wee Mama

            Forming connections and starting interesting discussion is why I post here.

            I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I lead you in, some one else would lead you out. - Eugene Debs.

            by cabaretic on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 07:37:34 AM PDT

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