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  •  You are missing the point. (1+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama

    I never implied that belief is for everyone, but there are lots of people working through their own issues with belief and trust.

    Can you say what you will believe in twenty years? Who knows, you might see a need for religion someday down the line. But until then, you have a right to not believe.

    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 06:50:48 AM PDT

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    •  could you make it more clearly? (4+ / 0-)

      Some generalizations about "people" are intended to be universal; some aren't. In this case, it doesn't seem clear to me what you intended. And this is the wrong sort of generalization to be unclear about. If you tell a group of skeptics that "people continue to desire a relationship with God," it's only reasonable for someone to reply, "Well, I don't." Skeptics have to put up with a lot in this society.

      "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

      by HudsonValleyMark on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 07:34:18 AM PDT

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    •  If you want to convince skeptics that religion (0+ / 0-)

      involves divinity you must be prepared to answer the "as evidenced by" questions.  As an atheist Quaker myself, I joined the local meeting because I found the philosophy of right living agreeable and i liked the individuals in the meeting.  My meeting approved my membership although I was open about my disbelief in any external divinity.  When the meeting turned more toward being God-centered I stopped attending.  

      I believe that gods are only a substitute for parental authority for those who cannot deal with reality on an adult basis and wish to achieve a parental type approval for following a particular set of rules.  How old were you when you realized that Santa Claus was a myth?  Are not all religions mythical?  Humanist goals cover the supposed good that religions profess without any divinity involved. Religions developed to provide power to a few and comfort to some.

      If you find solace in religion so be it, but you will change no skeptic minds without evidence.

      "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe it." Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by pvasileff on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 12:10:15 PM PDT

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