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  •  I enjoyed the biology lesson. (1+ / 0-)
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    IMGoph

    I did not enjoy that you felt compelled to put down how the sand dollar test is used as a teaching tool in Christianity.

    What is next--dogwood blossoms and shamrocks?

    Is it really necessary to run down people of faith here at Daily Kos?

    To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, "Your end of the boat is sinking."--Hugh Downs

    by Dar Nirron on Sun Feb 03, 2008 at 05:37:59 AM PST

    •  That is running down people of faith? (1+ / 0-)
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      CSI Bentonville

      Exposing a supersition that has no basis in fact? A supersition that is used as a selling point to the ignorant.

      I think people of faith expose themselves to these critiques and are fair game.

      Is not the real problem that "people of faith" do not have any corresponding and factual criticisms for the people who do not have faith, and therefore religious people feel like they are under siege from the fact-based community?

      •  Hey, I taught evolution to my homeschooled sons. (0+ / 0-)

        And I teach it to my college students, as they kick and scream.

        But I also like to use the natural world to teach spiritual truths.  I'm not saying that sand dollars were created just to be a crucifixion storyboard; but since they do exist, they can be used as a memory aid for telling the salvation story.

        You could very easily have stopped your diary before talking about the sand dollar as a teaching tool for those of us who are believers.

        To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, "Your end of the boat is sinking."--Hugh Downs

        by Dar Nirron on Sun Feb 03, 2008 at 11:32:37 AM PST

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        •  You are right (1+ / 0-)
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          they can be used as a teaching aid for theology. No problem with that if it's what you believe. But that's not how I see them sold as in gift shops. So they are a scam, you just happen to be one of the people who do use them as tools. So you personally aren't getting scammed.

          As far as stopping my diary before this last part, this is a real world use for dry sand dollars (and contribute to their depletion) so it was a worthwhile inclusion.

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