Comments: The whole "God" thing.

Oh, well-put. Who said, "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"? Ben Franklin?

My personal favourite when fencing questions from kids at a Catholic school was to say that some people think God is like electricity. You can see it only through the things it does.

BTW, I'm truly stunned that there are treatment programs for homosexuals. I'd never heard of such a thing!

Posted by Sally at August 29, 2004 10:17 AM

I'm not saying anything yet... just waiting to see where you're going with it. Mostly I'm curious to see how you went from "probably not a god" to "definitely not a god".

That was a particularly tough leap for me.

Posted by Harvey at August 29, 2004 03:43 PM

Correction. That quote was attributed to Voltaire. Apparently. If you can believe a Frenchman defending even a concept...

Posted by Sally at August 29, 2004 04:01 PM

I certainly don't have a problem with the analysis i see so far, and look forward to the rest. As tempting as it is to chime in on some of the specifics, i'll leave part I with this:

Re: greeks&romans Each either provides an explanation for something that they didn't understand, or supported them in some endeavor that they deemed important. Hmmn, I see a pattern forming here.

It occurs to me that you're writing this post is following the very same pattern... in other words, our notions of God - or Not-god, are born out of a very human need to understand and impact the world around us.

Posted by Marty at August 29, 2004 04:25 PM

Yeah Sally! What you -erm- Volataire said. :^) Make sure you read Marty's site, as he keeps an excellent track of what's going on in the whole homosexual arena. Good stuff.

Cool Harvey. You may have to wait awhile, because I'm not sure how many more posts this is going to take. I'll certainly cover the area requested.

Marty. "Understand and impact the world around us" is a very good way of saying it. Thanks for hanging back on your point to point analysis. I'm interested in hearing it, but I haven't gotten all this out of me yet, and I'd hate to go off on a debate about specifics when the whole picture hasn't been painted.

BTW, I linked through to your Dad's site, and I must say that if his services and ministry are anything like how he writes his site, he must be one heck of a preacher.

More to come, when I get it typed.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at August 29, 2004 08:46 PM

Phil F Jackson is a comment spammer.

Just sayin'

Posted by Harvey at August 30, 2004 11:48 AM

I am probably, by your definition, agnostic. I never had a religious upbringing and find it difficult to believe in God as anything more than a concept (I dislike organised religion as a whole as I detest hypocracy, and no I am not prepared to debate this with a "believer" as I have tried this before - please bear in mind this is a personal opinion and not likely to be swayed with anything short of a gun). I think that there is always a point in your life where you question any kind of faith and the whole "Is there a God?" thing and how you come through it defines how you look at religion as a whole. Fairly simple I would have thought. You have to prove to me God exists in the same way as I would have to prove he doesn't and at this point we're at an impass because neither thing can be shown absolutely.

The other thing is, does religion necessarily equal God and vice versa?

Posted by Alex at August 31, 2004 04:49 PM

Well, if you read my site, you pretty well know where I fall in the categories, but I LOVE what you're doing here.

I really enjoy reading and listening to other's points of view regarding God, religion and such. I have a few friends that are Wicin (sorry about the spelling) one is even a high priestess. I have friends that are athiests and agnostics. We have some of the best conversations.

I hate when people close their minds to ideals different than theirs. I'm not saying you'll change my mind on this subject, but I do so love reading and learning how you came to you belief (or disbelief as it were).

Thanks for putting this out there. I really look forward to seeing where it takes you.

Posted by Tammi at September 1, 2004 10:42 AM
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