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When ignorant people with a trendy prejudice are encouraged in that prejudice by their ignorant friends.

It's no different than mocking pagans or jews or buddhists or hindus.... or any other religious denomination.
It's just as lame and ignorant and intolerant and mean.

If you really don't understand the point and purpose behind the bible... ask. Don't mock it. I'm not now nor have I ever been a christian. That doesn't preclude my capacity for calm understanding. And I don't understand why it does for *so* many people.
The idea that applying modern standards to an ancient book written by ancient men about a supernatural creature of awesome power and scope is a valid application ... heh.. that's just inane.

So why do so many modern day athiests do it?

"oh look! I'm under 40! I can be jaded and cynical too!" Bleh.

I went and saw that because that chick took me off her friends list today. I hadn't noticed that she'd put me on. And now I want to kick whoever led her to me as well for (in some really round about way) making me read that.

The hell of it is, I'm not religious. I don't have faith in a "god" of any sort. I don't pray and I don't believe and I don't think anyone else necessarily should either.
But I think faith is a beautiful thing and I envy it.

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starchy
Aug. 1st, 2002 04:33 am (UTC)
I usually prefer not to attack the faith/beliefs of others unless they impose upon my own life (the most blatant example that would also impose on yours being John Ashcroft) or in bar style debate which is undeniably just a good bout of intellectual fun for both. I admit that the temptation to get into it is there at other times, but I'm pretty good at keeping my big mouth shut.

I also consider myself an agnostic more than an atheist. The idea of an all-powerful deity doesnt' make any sense to me in the least, but I won't assume it's 100% impossible just because of that. I tend to think I'm better off not making 100% assumptions in general, anyway.

And faith is absolutely beautiful, even if you just step back and judge by its by-products. The cathedrals of Europe, the pyramids of Africa and South America, the statues of Southeast Asia... The music of North America... fuck. It blows my mind somtimes. I occasionally find myself wishing I could believe in anything in just that way, so that I could write a song like that, or what have you.
maddening
Aug. 1st, 2002 08:34 am (UTC)
I've had my moments of loud mouthed religious debate. It can be fun. It can also be cathartic, for all of us who've been told more than once, for one reason or another, that we're going to burn in hell.

The problem I have is when you blanket all of it as absurd or hurtful or 'insane'. The many denominations of Christianity make it nearly impossible to make valid blanket statements about the religion. What is true for the state of catholocism is not necessarily true for the state of southern baptists (baptism?). People confuse fundamentalism with just about anything 'christian' when that just isn't so. Most denominations don't believe in a strict interpretation of the bible. Those that do tend to be the fire and brimstone, damnation and hellfire sorts that everyone would do well to steer clear of becuase in my personal experience they tend to be honestly mentally deranged.

You've got it with the faith thing. To me that isn't just religious faith, though that is its most awe inspiring permutation. I think it's just faith in general that's lacking in so many people, myself included. I bitch about the overriding cynicism of people my age, but I've unfortunately been afflicted as well. It takes an awesome faith to avoid it (because there's just so much evidence of the *crap* around us every day) and I just don't have that faith.
Maybe when I was 14 or so. It's gone now.

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