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Monday, September 08, 2008

Why I Don't Trust Relgious Folks

It basically boils down to the attitude of "I'm right, you're wrong, and I'm so certain that I'm going to kill you if you don't agree with me." Oh sure, sometimes "kill you" is replaced with burn your home down, run you out of town, ban the things you love (books or dancing for example), force you to live by my standards, shun you, cut your hair off, brand you, put you in jail, etc. There's a long list. The thing is, how do you become so very certain that no evidence to the contrary is considered and there's no room left for, "Well, I disagree, but whatever works for you so long as it doesn't hurt me or mine." That intolerance of difference of opinion just stings me to the core. Lord knows how many times I've been wrong, but it's a lot, let me assure you, and in some of those cases, I've been very very sure I'm right at the time. I can't imagine ever having the level of certainty needed in my rightness to kill someone else just because they refuse to agree with me.

Today's ponderings brought to you by Giordano Bruno, burned alive for his unorthodox ideas like the universe is infinite and that other solar systems exist. Now 400 years later, we can easily observe other solar systems and the idea that the universe is infinite is the standard theory. Don't we feel so much safer knowing that such a dangerous lunatic was taken care of for us through the generosity of the Catholic church?

How do people integrate the actions of the church over the years with their beliefs? How can you give money to an organization that has done stuff like that? Oh it's in the past you say; it's not like that now. All I can say is that you believe whatever makes you happy, and none of my atheist or agnostic or anti-religious friends will ever even consider developing a formal subgroup to pass judgement on you or burn you alive. We're nice like that.


  • There's a bunch of friendly religious folk out there. They don't get much coverage though. Any massive long live organization is going to make mistakes. Not just religions (though it is ironic), but countries, like the US interring Japanese during WWII, It doesn't make all Americans bad. However, I think fundamentalism like that is very sad and goes against the main message of Christianity.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 3:48 PM  

  • "How do people integrate the actions of the church over the years with their beliefs?"

    This is a great question. I struggle with this almost daily.

    On one hand I think it is very damning to be a part of a church that has has such a brutal history (don't even get me started on their brutal present). I don't think you can just say, that's not me, that's over there. When you subscribe to a group you inherit the benefits and the problems.

    There has to be some sort of balance between the past and the present to try and make the the most of what we have. Otherwise you cannot belong to any group, any tradition, any team, any organization, any affiliation. And its just everybody out for themselves. I think of Ammy as rebellious, but not an Anarchist.

    Some rebellion is healthy for a thinking person. Cutting all ties with everyone and everything including God I think is reckless.

    The church is flawed, it made of people and people are imperfect. I hope though you don't reject the possibility of God based on the people who claim they are doing his will by committing genocide.

    OK, I'm climbing down now. My apologies.

    By Blogger mice, at 4:41 PM  

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