The old catholic man's explanation to those who were trying to make him change to their religion,be it Jehova's witnesses ,Muslims.,Mormons ,or whichever was simple,"If I don't even believe in my own religion which is the one and only true one,how am I going to believe in yours?
It seems to me the world would be a better place if religion was embraced more with an open hand and less with a closed fist.
More like "It seems to me the world would be a better place if religion was embraced more with an open hand and less with an AK47."
Or a bomb vest!
Funny, he doesn't even believe his own religion.
A person can trust his instincts that there is a creator and not trust their own description (and others) of who or what this creator is.
Religions, from the beginning of recorded history have been trying to paint a picture of creator.
I do not believe these pictures can capture a true essence of this creator.
The old Catholic man said he didn't believe in his own religion.
But, did he say he didn't believe in his own perception of creator?
You know of course is just a stock photo and they it says he doesn't even believe his own religion right?
Yeah, but he does look like the sort who believes in a magikal fairy tale god, right?!
It does, and you'll understand what he means if you focus on his whole idea rather than on any given part of it.
I never did meet an honest man who believed in a religion. It is a funny concept indeed. Like believing in a law book or something.
But I have met many very good men that believed in their God. The subscript here is almost as enjoyable as the fine gents' cantankerous humor filled face.
Nice reply. Religion kills the mind, individualism, critical thinking, self responsibility, and very very often other individuals of course. Religion dictates the definition of a creator which if one exists is an utterly absurd idea. If there is a God then by all that we could ever hope that God to be, he cannot possibly be anything like the image pushed by Christianity, Islam or Judaism.
Belief in a creator can motivate an individual to become a model citizen full of all kinds of goodness. Religion will seek to come in and screw that person up.
D-Head, if we got ten believers together and said "let us build a school for these poor kids". I suppose we would form a religion to get organized. Clearly religion can be good. But we all know that sooner or later most likely a "Lord of the Flies" mentality would overcome the ten.
And, we certainly couldn't muster getting together ten non-believers to do the same thing and forgo the need to form an organized religion, especially when religion has absolutely nothing to do with building schools.
No -- with ten non-believers it would be a government and they would never get the church built ;-)
That is actually a good thing, why would we want to build more churches, they already litter the landscape and do nothing more than propagate ignorance.
Ooops I switched it from school to church, but I suppose you could say the same thing with the garbage schools are teaching --- that is if you were going all negative.
Most certainly, I would agree, stating schools are teaching garbage is very negative.
"Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!"
['In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.']
http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robins … revolution
It's rather odd you believers are even interested in schools and what is being taught there. They don't teach spirituality, gods, demons, afterlife, heaven hell, etc... what value are schools to believers who only cherish that which is not being taught at schools?
"Sir Ken Robinson - Educating the Heart and Mind"
["Sir Ken Robinson speaks during the Dalai Lama Center's Educating the Heart Series. He discusses the importance of an education that educates not just the mind, but also the heart."]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1A4OGiV … feature=kp
Perhaps, the good Sir Ken would be interested to know the heart actually just pumps blood.
"The World We Explore - Sir Ken Robinson"
["The World We Explore-- Sir Ken Robinson, Educator. Curiosity encourages us to push boundaries into uncharted territories. Where can our hunger for discovery take us - both outside and inside ourselves?"]
I love my wife with all my blood pump organ.
I hope you can get right down to the blood pump of this matter!
I'm sorry if I cut you to the blood pump.
My dad taught me that the softest part of a tree trunk was it's blood pump.
(Wait, it doesn't have blood , NOR a pump.) Silly me!
Then how does the sap circulate?
No, but I heard that trees do have hearts of some type. LOL!
"Over the past century, there has been some controversy regarding the mechanism of xylem sap transport; today, most plant scientists agree that the cohesion-tension theory best explains this process, but multiforce theories that hypothesize several alternative mechanisms have been suggested, including longitudinal cellular and xylem osmotic pressure gradients, axial potential gradients in the vessels, and gel- and gas-bubble-supported interfacial gradients."
...whatever all that means.
Who benefits the most from an uneducated people?If you look at who is constantly trashing schools and education its the prostituded mouthpieces of extreme right wing wealth and power hoarders.Or as Faux News calls them,"The Job Creators"
all I can say to you is Arnulfo Romero and Mother Teresa come to mind.And in the present day The theology of liberation found its way all the way up to the seat of St Peter.
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