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R Vogel – “There is no requirement for christians to be decent human beings anymore than a decent human being needs to be a christian.”
But of course, the tools applied towards that “decency” are to be respected. Just as failure of its achievement is lamented.
Kevin Kirkpatrick – “My view is that Christianity was hijacked in 380 CE when Christianity was made the state religion of the Roman Empire. I think when people were forced to convert to Christianity, it permanently marred a beautiful religion turned it into something else. There have, of course, continued to be Christians who follow the loving example and words of Jesus, but once mandated by law, how could Christianity not turn obsessively legalistic and judgemental?”
“Religion” is such a ponderous word. Much like “Gravity”.
But dinosaurs learned to fly. How did that happen?
The Irish Atheist (responding to a blog by Mark Sandlin) – “So you want to support and promote an organisation, but you don’t want to have to deal with the consequences of what that organisation has done throughout the world.
Those people who ‘hijacked’ your religion with all it’s ‘baggage?’ They’re just as Christian as you. In fact, in many ways they’re better Christians, since they follow the tenants of your religion more closely.
The whole ‘but MY Christianity is about LOVE’ line is old and worn. Christianity has had 2,000 years to prove it’s about love. It’s failed. And you whitewashing the grave isn’t going to help.”
“Christianity” is just a word.
You are as stuck with it as they are. The emotional reaction you have is just an emotional reaction.
Condemning the wise and compassionate along with the the thuggish and cruel?
Just because of the limits of lexicon? What help or understanding does that offer?
FireInSpace (responding to comment above) – “So, I hate to break it to you, but dinosaurs actually can’t fly. Those things you are thinking of – like a pterodactyl – those weren’t dinosaurs. Those were flying reptiles, which is a little different than dinosaurs. Also, some of them probably didn’t fly so much as glide, other flew like an albatross.
Thanks for the thoughtful clarification.
And, since my excellent analogy has already faded into irrelevance, I’ll further it’s disassembly, by quoting to you from the link you supplied.
“Pterosaurs lived among the dinosaurs and became extinct about the same time, but they were not dinosaurs; they were flying reptiles. Modern birds did not descend from pterosaurs; their ancestors were small, feathered, terrestrial dinosaurs.”
FireInSpace (responding to a very helpful expansion of the discourse by WilmRoget) – “right, so, when they started flying, they were no longer dinosaurs, they were birds.
Dinosaurs didn’t ever learn to fly.”
If FireInSpace evolves to engage his associative faculties and discovers the potential of poetics, has he learned to fly? Even if his name is now Bob?