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  •  Yes, I might well quote Ingersoll. (1+ / 0-)
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    Rashaverak

    But that wasn't the theme today.

    Can we not  take some of the positive things from a religion and leave the God stuff?

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    by gzodik on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 09:17:50 AM PST

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    •  Perhaps . . (4+ / 0-)

      You've got it backwards -- religion often tries to take credit for the positive things taken from secular society.  Don't put religions on a pedestal by lending support to their claims to be a source of ethical behavior.  Religion is superfluous to ethical behavior.

      •  So there is nothing of value in any religion? (1+ / 0-)
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        Perhaps you go too far.

        Yes, the Bible is myth. Is myth worthless?

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        by gzodik on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 10:23:33 AM PST

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        •  No, myths can be used to teach (2+ / 0-)
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          morality lessons, however, the myths from the bible, koran, book of mormon, etc. are presented as factual truths, which makes them dangerous. When we put these texts on the same shelf as the greek, roman and other cultural mythologies, then they will have taken their rightful place.  As it is now, they are on the non-fiction side of the library and in book stores, and even that book supposedly by that kid about heaven being real is on the non-fiction side of the best seller list. Yikes!

          Whatever is of value in any religion is simply the parts of it that are humanistic. No need for religion in that case. In fact, it is religion that gets a pass on its immorality. If it didn't, the roman catholic church would have been razed to the ground about 1500 years ago. Why the world has agreed to suffer death and destruction by the hands of that institution is one of the world's greatest puzzles to me.

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