« Getting real at a coffeehouse Sunday “service” | Main | Single gesture, whole of reality »

July 03, 2008

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

There is, of course, the other side to Christianity-- not the promises of good things but the threats of withdrawal and punishment. Most religions have the rose and the thorn which is how sometimes human love is with promises of so much but only if certain conditions are met.

I see the usual problem with atheists is they mix up discussion of god with religion. There can be a god who is nothing like any religion believes. Religion being wrong doesn't make there not be a creator of some sort. The god I personally would least 'want' to believe existed was that of the fundamentalist Christian. Now to me that is a scary thought.

Besides no god or one god, there is another possibility for spiritually what is: multiple gods. All of the supposing is why I don't try to figure it out anymore. I am more interested in what should I do and finding peace with my own existence and someday non-existence. There was a time I read such books but realized my being was limited in grasping any of it. Not to say there may not be some humans who can.

Excellent post Brian.

Brian,

I can relate to this post. My dad died when I was seven. Growing up, I think, I missed out on much, not having my dad. On the other hand, I have been told by relatives that my dad was very distant and withdrawn. What I missed and didn't miss is in my distant past. Time has a way of healing. Again, this post was a pleasant read.

The conflation of God with religion is glaring.

In this case, we could presume that the subject, rather than religion, might be government. Now Comte-Sponville can say he does not believe in the republic, (or "the state", etc...) although he wishes it may be there. Rather than atheistic, he would be acratic: "there is no governance."

After all, governments of every stripe ask for faith, but universally fail to deliver anything but an organizing principle. The state that everyone feels so patriotic about exists only in the minds of the zealots.

Ah, preponderance of evidence! A thin gruel of truth!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Welcome


  • Welcome to the Church of the Churchless. If this is your first visit, click on "About this site--start here" in the Categories section below.
  • HinesSight
    Visit my other weblog, HinesSight, for a broader view of what's happening in the world of your Church unpastor, his wife, and dog.
  • BrianHines.com
    Take a look at my web site, which contains information about a subject of great interest to me: me.
  • Twitter with me
    Join Twitter and follow my tweets about whatever.
  • I Hate Church of the Churchless
    Can't stand this blog? Believe the guy behind it is an idiot? Rant away on our anti-site.