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  •  To "Test" Our Faith In What ? (1+ / 0-)
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    Why would "God" waste his/her time with that kind of a "quiz" ?

    Out of boredom ........?

    •  Good question (4+ / 0-)
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      To what is, imho, a bullshit answer. (about the fossils being "tests of faith", that is)  It's not unlike the Catholic church locking up Galileo in the tower for saying the earth revolves around the sun. That threatened their dogma - much like evolution does today - so they nipped it in the bud by tossing him in the slammer.

      It's interesting to me that climate change deniers don't seem to have religion as their driving motivation, but capitalism. But that's another very strong tenet of the Republican "right", as well as religion.

      This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

      by Snud on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 06:33:17 AM PDT

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    •  Why not? (1+ / 0-)
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      It's a basic notion held by huge numbers of theists that God's motives cannot be understood by human beings.

      As such, why should we presume that He wouldn't mislead everyone in massive ways about the history of the planet?

      For that matter, why is it so hard to accept that God could create people with aspects of their personalities that predispose them to big ol' sins (like homosexuality or religious skepticism) and then damn them to hell for eternity for committing those sins?

      The whole notion that "a loving God wouldn't do X" has always struck me as absurd hubris: who the hell is anyone to value her own reason ("X is totally not loving") over the supposedly all-important Will of God? God's the one Who gets to decide what's acceptable, reasonable, and loving--not you.

      (I don't believe a word of that last--but I also don't understand how liberal believers can wriggle out of it.)

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