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  •  Forgive the presumption, but it just (1+ / 0-)
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    epjmcginley

    occurred to me that your stance reminds me of the old idea that God prefers an angry antagonist to a lukewarm supporter.

    From my perspective, from the human, church perspective, I don't think you're still "Catholic."

    But of course I also don't think God cares about that all that much.

    Incidentally, the latest issue of Newsweek had a wonderful story about Huston Smith, the great expert on world religions, who is now 90 and coming out with his 14th book. His The World's Religions is considered the greatest book on religious studies in the last 50 years. His basic premise is that inside, all the great religions are the same. Although I'm a faithful Catholic on the one hand, I've also always believed that as well. I know devout Muslims, and Sikhs, and Jews, and Buddhists--and I've always thought the quality of devotion was the same. There is a Buddhist garden in a museum in Washington, D.C. (can't remember where at the moment) that has a distinct "loud silence" from centuries of meditation (it has many very old statues). That's not Christian, of course: but it genuinely touches the soul.

    •  You sum up my feelings very well. (2+ / 0-)
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      Timaeus, marykk

      I cannot help but think there is something very valuable to us about this common feeling. I sometimes see friends who struggle mightily, whether because they were without religion as a child, or had a very bad experience of it. I think that I have been inoculated in some way against all of that angst. I do not accept everything I was taught as a child, but having been taught it has equipped me in a very effective way to live a life of faith and hope and charity and confidence, not in some particular outcome, but in the appropriateness of the outcome as it is.

      Peace will not be the end, unless peace is the means.

      by epjmcginley on Thu May 14, 2009 at 10:48:52 AM PDT

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