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teknomanzer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-02-10 05:49 PM
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25. That was the fact that quarantined the religious virus...
I never found the historical Jesus but I did find many similar dieing and resurrecting gods from the western end of the Mediterranean to the Levant. I also discovered the great diversity of Christianity in ancient times. This lead me to do something really off the charts - I started looking into other religions! It was all so fascinating to me I had to dig deeper. I started reading Huston Smith, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung among others. And then came "The God Gene." Everything clicked and I had a greater understanding of spirituality, mythology, ritual, and dogma. "God" I understood (and as many here may have already deduced) is the anthropomorphic projection of ourselves and our evolutionary archetypes onto the natural world.

A person's view of god is a damn good way to determine that person's world view. Is god angry, judgemental, vengeful, and unforgiving? If you know someone who thinks so you are likely dealing with a person who typifies those traits.

I believe that religion and dogma are sophisticated viral memes which make entire populations of people very easy to manipulate and control. Religion makes use of powerful evolutionary archetypes which are understood at the most basic level, down to the reptilian brain. Such archetypes are understood through emotion rather than reason. That is the essence of a religious "mystery." Thumb through Revelations and you will bombarded with the most powerful and frightening archetypes. Its a really bad acid trip at best. The problem with revelations is that without the context behind those images there can be very little undestanding of its meaning, but if you provide your OWN context you can use it to scare people -- behold the wrath of God! Do as we say and you will be the among the elect chosen by God to be spared. Powerful stuff.
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  -The Un-risen Jesus Daveparts still  Apr-02-10 12:07 PM   #0 
  - Damn. God forgot the FUCKING YEAST!  HopeHoops   Apr-02-10 12:10 PM   #1 
  - There is not one bit of real evidence that the bliblical Jesus even existed.  katandmoon   Apr-02-10 12:11 PM   #2 
  - Let alone had blue eyes.  Golden Raisin   Apr-02-10 12:38 PM   #10 
  - There is a mountain of Biblical evidence that Jesus did NOT exist  NAO   Apr-02-10 01:09 PM   #14 
  - That was the fact that quarantined the religious virus...  teknomanzer   Apr-02-10 05:49 PM   #25 
  - Bingo  tavalon   Apr-03-10 10:05 AM   #34 
  - And that is most definitely not the point here  tavalon   Apr-03-10 10:04 AM   #33 
  - Roman historians wrote about him.  harkadog   Apr-03-10 10:18 PM   #39 
  - I continue to be amazed in a clinical sort of way how there are so many here at DU that hate religio  Gman   Apr-02-10 12:12 PM   #3 
  - Proof?  Warpy   Apr-02-10 12:22 PM   #4 
  - There's plenty of of that on other threads in the Religion forum  Gman   Apr-02-10 01:08 PM   #12 
  - That's a copout  Warpy   Apr-02-10 07:18 PM   #29 
     - No copout  Gman   Apr-03-10 12:40 PM   #37 
  - Curious: What's your understanding of what an "archetype" is and how such a thing  patrice   Apr-02-10 01:08 PM   #13 
  - I think you meant to ask me the question ...  teknomanzer   Apr-02-10 08:27 PM   #32 
     - You studied well  tavalon   Apr-03-10 10:06 AM   #35 
  - Another question if you don't mind: What is your opinion of the movie "V"?  patrice   Apr-02-10 01:29 PM   #18 
  - Unwatchable.  Warpy   Apr-02-10 02:57 PM   #21 
     - Yeah, you're right about that. I gues I should have asked what you thought about  patrice   Apr-02-10 07:11 PM   #27 
        - I have no clue what the story line is  Warpy   Apr-02-10 07:19 PM   #30 
  - There's no particular reason to expect a Roman record of his crucifixion to survive  muriel_volestrangler   Apr-02-10 01:50 PM   #19 
  - Record of every crucifixion? What utter nonsense.  harkadog   Apr-03-10 10:24 PM   #40 
  - Yes. Some DUers can be pretty freeperish and intolerant on this subject.  onehandle   Apr-02-10 12:25 PM   #7 
  - Some are as enslaved as that against which they rave, just by an opposite set of ASSUMPTIONS  patrice   Apr-02-10 01:09 PM   #15 
  - Belief is a beautiful armor, it makes for the heaviest sword. -John Mayer  jotsy   Apr-02-10 01:23 PM   #17 
  - Hurts no one? Ever heard of the crusades? The inquisition?  Tutankhamun   Apr-02-10 02:29 PM   #20 
  - You do not read well. I said:  Gman   Apr-03-10 11:27 AM   #36 
  - As I remind the whiners o' faith:  Bluenorthwest   Apr-02-10 03:06 PM   #22 
  - You're losing the argument right away.  Hissyspit   Apr-02-10 04:25 PM   #24 
  - Do not be amazed...  teknomanzer   Apr-02-10 07:58 PM   #31 
  - Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) said.........  katanalori   Apr-02-10 12:23 PM   #5 
  - +1, n/t  RKP5637   Apr-02-10 12:44 PM   #11 
  - Yep. The answers aren't nearly as complex nor as abstract as $o many are making them.  patrice   Apr-02-10 07:13 PM   #28 
  - Excellent!  murray hill farm   Apr-02-10 12:23 PM   #6 
  - Thanks for posting!!! n/t  RKP5637   Apr-02-10 12:27 PM   #8 
  - No Evidense  Daveparts still   Apr-02-10 12:36 PM   #9 
  - Right. Was there never one or more persons who took a stand against religious & economic slavery?  patrice   Apr-02-10 01:18 PM   #16 
  - religion aside, this is some good stuff  Bluenorthwest   Apr-02-10 03:12 PM   #23 
  - Kicked and recommended.  Uncle Joe   Apr-02-10 06:02 PM   #26 
     - As the shepherd (in Firefly) said - it is not what you believe, but that you believe -  cdsilv   Apr-03-10 08:15 PM   #38 

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