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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch Uncle View Post
    I find your acid-induced hallucinations to be more amusing.
    Just like one of Rehnquist's Fourth Reich questers lynching enforcement from the 1970's. 1980's & 1990's with fabricated misnomers & immaculate drug conceptions in that "man is God" Christian Life interpretation of one nation under God tautology of "serve the Pope or die" still cross conditioned way beyond therapy.

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    Given that the 'God' concept has grown difficult to adjust to in terms of what we know of the universe, the Christian life amounts to 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself'. Sounds okay to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iolo/Penderyn View Post
    Given that the 'God' concept has grown difficult to adjust to in terms of what we know of the universe, the Christian life amounts to 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself'. Sounds okay to me.
    That was the intended Christian life, my Welsh friend.
    Here in the States, Evangelical Christians are among the least likely to embrace this concept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiftyNiblick View Post
    That was the intended Christian life, my Welsh friend.
    Here in the States, Evangelical Christians are among the least likely to embrace this concept.
    Living the authentic Christian life is difficult to achieve and requires enormous commitment. That is why the preeminent 19th century religious philosopher Soren Kierkegaard maintained that most self-identified Christians were just a mob going through the motions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiftyNiblick View Post
    That was the intended Christian life, my Welsh friend.
    Here in the States, Evangelical Christians are among the least likely to embrace this concept.
    Aye, but they aren't Christians, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltydancin View Post
    Just like one of Rehnquist's Fourth Reich questers lynching enforcement from the 1970's. 1980's & 1990's with fabricated misnomers & immaculate drug conceptions in that "man is God" Christian Life interpretation of one nation under God tautology of "serve the Pope or die" still cross conditioned way beyond therapy.
    Too much of the Brown Acid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iolo/Penderyn View Post
    Given that the 'God' concept has grown difficult to adjust to in terms of what we know of the universe, the Christian life amounts to 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself'. Sounds okay to me.
    Non sequitur. Now, if you said "literal Biblical interpretation", I agree 100%. There is whatever force is behind the Universe (call it a force, God, X, whatever) and there's mankind's interpretations of the Universe.

    Example; Do facts change? Never. Facts are facts. OTOH, mankind's perception of the Universe, such a Ptolemy vs. Copernicus, does change....and quite often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iolo/Penderyn View Post
    Given that the 'God' concept has grown difficult to adjust to in terms of what we know of the universe, the Christian life amounts to 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself'. Sounds okay to me.
    The third most important person in Christianity after Jesus and Paul, Saint Augustine, explicitly maintained that biblical interpretation should always be re-interpreted to conform to the latest accepted scholarly knowledge of the natural world -- and biblical literalism and inerrancy was never a tenet of Christianity until the Luther and Calvin made it a tenet of Protestantism

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch Uncle View Post
    Non sequitur. Now, if you said "literal Biblical interpretation", I agree 100%. There is whatever force is behind the Universe (call it a force, God, X, whatever) and there's mankind's interpretations of the Universe.

    Example; Do facts change? Never. Facts are facts. OTOH, mankind's perception of the Universe, such a Ptolemy vs. Copernicus, does change....and quite often.
    I like ”to name god is not God.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasmal View Post
    I like ”to name god is not God.”
    Agreed. It's always been odd to me when a Bible-Thumper says I have to believe in a specific God while thumping his Bible. By doing so he (rarely she) is limiting God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasmal View Post
    I like ”to name god is not God.”
    "Of course, one cannot declare that only my faith is correct and all other faiths are not. Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God."

    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    "Of course, one cannot declare that only my faith is correct and all other faiths are not. Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God."

    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    Solzhenitsyn is very eloquent. The "diamond facet" theory applies: As mortals, we are limited in our capacity as humans to see the entirety of a diamond all at once. We can only look at it one facet at a time. Such is the nature of the force behind the Universe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch Uncle View Post
    Solzhenitsyn is very eloquent. The "diamond facet" theory applies: As mortals, we are limited in our capacity as humans to see the entirety of a diamond all at once. We can only look at it one facet at a time. Such is the nature of the force behind the Universe.

    Happy May Day to all pagans and commies, past and present, and an early May the Fourth be with You!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch Uncle View Post
    Agreed. It's always been odd to me when a Bible-Thumper says I have to believe in a specific God while thumping his Bible. By doing so he (rarely she) is limiting God.

    A good post.
    As far as I can tell, all religions, and many philosophical traditions share two main tenets:

    1) Human existence has meaning.
    2) There exists an eternal, transcendent truth.

    I believe even the agnostics and atheists associated with Transcendentalism, Existentialism, Confucianism share these tenets.

    The only intellectual traditions which probably lie outside this line of human tradition are nihilism, logical positivism, strict empiricism, largely because they consider questions about a transcendent truth to be irrelevant, perhaps even foolish.

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