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Response to cbayer (Reply #35)

Sat Apr 21, 2012, 10:50 PM

47. I see the point you're getting at, but the parallel you're drawing...

...between a religion and atheism just doesn't work. While there are many books written about atheism, none of them take the form of a "holy scripture" as occurs in religion. An atheist is simply somebody who doesn't believe in god, and while there are atheists that diverge in some areas (gnostic vs agnostic atheists, for instance) it is still simply that one fundamental trait that makes an atheist an atheist.

My statement that christians are tied down to the bad with the good is just addressing the fact that no matter how much a christian may want to distance themselves from the portions of the bible they feel are bad, those portions are still there and are still a part of the holy scripture that lays out the foundation of the religion. And those portions will continue to rear their head for non-fundamentalists so long as they identify with any parts of the bible.

I'm not saying that one must be a fundamentalist in order to call themselves an adherent of one faith or another (a person is welcome to claim themselves an adherent of whatever faith they so choose). I'm asking what is the point of adhering to one faith or another if one must cheery pick heavily from the faiths holy scripture just to find the scripture tolerable and acceptable in modern times.

Or to even get more to the point, I'm saying that I fail to see the point in such a venture. I can read and take from the bible those lessons that are worth while without being a christian, and the same applies to any other religious text, and when I realized this is when I initially became an agnostic and left christianity behind.

Your road is likely to be different from mine, and that is fine, and I'm not telling you this in any effort to "convert" you, but rather so you may better understand where I am coming from when it comes to this topic. If I've made offense, do understand that it was not my intention.

EDIT to fix a horrible typo in my subject line!

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