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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:50 PM
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9. Do those commitments actually fit well...
...into what most people would understand as a "religion"?

UU has always seemed to me more like a humanitarian club (a good thing in my book) than a religion. From what I understand the degree of religious trappings can vary a bit from congregation to congregation.
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  -Are the details of your religion important to you? Silent3  Sep-19-11 03:00 PM   #0 
  - There will never be a honest discussion in this forum about Religion. NT  William769   Sep-19-11 03:05 PM   #1 
  - +1  1620rock   Sep-19-11 03:10 PM   #2 
  - I don't care about the details of my religion because they came  roguevalley   Sep-20-11 02:33 PM   #43 
  - +100  demosincebirth   Sep-19-11 03:27 PM   #6 
  - Why not honest?  FiveGoodMen   Sep-19-11 03:38 PM   #7 
  - All one has to do is read through the threads in this forum to know the answer.  William769   Sep-19-11 03:57 PM   #11 
     - There's nothing dishonest about atheism  FiveGoodMen   Sep-19-11 04:44 PM   #19 
     - There is nothing dishonest about atheism.  William769   Sep-19-11 06:05 PM   #20 
        - And there are some atheists who spend their time here responding to broad-brushes like that one.  darkstar3   Sep-19-11 07:51 PM   #24 
        - How does "only knocking religion" equate to not having an honest discussion?  Silent3   Sep-19-11 08:07 PM   #25 
           - each side has people who hate and smear it all over the topic  roguevalley   Sep-20-11 02:35 PM   #44 
              - That still sounds like a comment addressing tone...  Silent3   Sep-21-11 12:19 AM   #48 
     - But there is a noticeable change here  Thats my opinion   Sep-22-11 02:12 PM   #60 
  - At least not from many of the religious posters.  cleanhippie   Sep-19-11 04:06 PM   #12 
  - Thanks for proving my point.  William769   Sep-19-11 04:08 PM   #13 
     - Oh, I think you are doing just fine on your own.  cleanhippie   Sep-19-11 04:17 PM   #17 
  - I'm really curious to know why you think the discussions are not honest  EvolveOrConvolve   Sep-19-11 06:55 PM   #22 
  - I can't answer any of your questions, but I think it works like this:  PassingFair   Sep-19-11 03:11 PM   #3 
  - Excellent response  Dogtown   Sep-19-11 03:55 PM   #10 
  - When the shoe fits!  PassingFair   Sep-19-11 04:24 PM   #18 
  - It does  NMMNG   Sep-19-11 07:11 PM   #23 
  - I don't know anyone who does that--  Thats my opinion   Sep-19-11 08:41 PM   #27 
     - You think a third of the country is unlikely to be known to any of us  dmallind   Sep-20-11 04:24 AM   #36 
     - Of course I do  NMMNG   Sep-20-11 09:47 AM   #40 
     - TMO, please don't assume your personal experience must be universally shared.  iris27   Sep-22-11 12:24 AM   #57 
  - Yup. As long as your religion doesn't interfere with my life, or the lives of others.  HERVEPA   Sep-20-11 01:28 PM   #42 
  - Rec'd to zero. n/t  laconicsax   Sep-19-11 03:14 PM   #4 
  - Yes, details like a lack of dogma.  dtexdem   Sep-19-11 03:20 PM   #5 
  - Do those commitments actually fit well...  Silent3   Sep-19-11 03:50 PM   #9 
  - What most people would understand as a "religion"?  tama   Sep-20-11 05:49 AM   #37 
     - "anthropological comparative study of religions" are a bit removed...  Silent3   Sep-21-11 12:41 AM   #49 
     - thanks for that  Thats my opinion   Sep-22-11 02:27 PM   #61 
        - Who are these antagonists who "hate all religion"?  laconicsax   Sep-22-11 03:12 PM   #63 
           - There is allways the possibility  tama   Sep-25-11 12:48 PM   #78 
  - And that is why I belong to a UU Fellowship.  cleanhippie   Sep-19-11 04:08 PM   #14 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-22-11 02:28 PM   #62 
  - I agree with you. I feel at home with the UUs.  Manifestor_of_Light   Sep-21-11 04:48 PM   #53 
  - Here's how it works in America: The details are very important  Bluenorthwest   Sep-19-11 03:46 PM   #8 
  - Wow, man. That was beautiful!  cleanhippie   Sep-19-11 04:10 PM   #15 
  - I recently read a message-board comment by a British Conservative ...  LeftishBrit   Sep-20-11 02:50 AM   #35 
  - I'm a Christian and couldn't agree more.  jeepnstein   Sep-20-11 07:49 AM   #39 
  - When I was a practicing Christian, the details were the ONLY part that mattered...  Scuba   Sep-19-11 04:17 PM   #16 
  - You can't have an honest discussion about religion here  NMMNG   Sep-19-11 06:39 PM   #21 
  - I am a Reform Jew so...  Meshuga   Sep-19-11 08:17 PM   #26 
  - Doesn't that almost become more of a cultural tradition then...  Silent3   Sep-19-11 09:23 PM   #28 
     - Yes,  Meshuga   Sep-20-11 05:56 AM   #38 
  - The answers!  Pterodactyl   Sep-19-11 09:39 PM   #29 
  - Thank you for your answers.  Silent3   Sep-19-11 10:13 PM   #30 
     - My respect for the sincerity of others is based on my respect for them as human beings.  Pterodactyl   Sep-19-11 10:30 PM   #31 
        - How do you deal with people who sincerely believe bad things?  Silent3   Sep-19-11 11:14 PM   #32 
        - Yes, there are...  tortoise1956   Sep-19-11 11:44 PM   #33 
        - believing that someone is "going to hell" is identical to hating them.  yodermon   Sep-20-11 04:50 PM   #45 
           - Not necessarily. Someone on the highway to hell is in need of rescue!  Pterodactyl   Sep-20-11 11:19 PM   #47 
        - I didn't answer your question  tortoise1956   Sep-19-11 11:48 PM   #34 
        - We send the military to Afghanistan to work on those folks!  Pterodactyl   Sep-20-11 09:45 PM   #46 
        - "motivated to do good and serve God"  trotsky   Sep-21-11 07:07 AM   #50 
           - Fred Phelps is full of it. I'm not trying to excuse bad behavior here.  Pterodactyl   Sep-21-11 09:42 PM   #54 
              - What if an atheist does good?  laconicsax   Sep-21-11 10:48 PM   #56 
              - God is pleased when they do good.  Pterodactyl   Sep-22-11 10:11 PM   #64 
              - But you're missing the point.  trotsky   Sep-22-11 06:09 AM   #59 
                 - Just because Phelps THINKS he is doing good, does not make it so.  Pterodactyl   Sep-22-11 10:15 PM   #65 
                    - You bet your booties I know.  Thats my opinion   Sep-24-11 07:50 PM   #73 
                       - And if Fred Phelps  skepticscott   Sep-25-11 06:56 AM   #75 
                          - ...  cleanhippie   Sep-25-11 05:47 PM   #85 
                             - If so, I will probably be told  skepticscott   Sep-25-11 06:42 PM   #88 
  - When I was trying to be a Christian...  Deep13   Sep-20-11 09:54 AM   #41 
  - It is taking a long time, but Christianity is spreading in China.  Pterodactyl   Sep-21-11 09:46 PM   #55 
     - So how many Chinese people have gone to hell in the meantime.  Deep13   Sep-26-11 08:06 PM   #103 
  - I take something like the approach Meshuga describes  Lydia Leftcoast   Sep-21-11 01:28 PM   #51 
  - I appreciate your response. I hope you can understand...  Silent3   Sep-21-11 02:53 PM   #52 
  - If you are really interested in a rational discussion of these questions  Thats my opinion   Sep-22-11 12:47 AM   #58 
  - How is "looking for a crack in the armor", as you put it...  Silent3   Sep-22-11 11:31 PM   #66 
     - While we may honestly disagree  Thats my opinion   Sep-23-11 10:43 AM   #67 
     - You might be trying to steer clear of judging other Christians...  Silent3   Sep-24-11 02:17 PM   #68 
        - In any culture  Thats my opinion   Sep-24-11 03:52 PM   #69 
        - Ask most Christian Americans about the historicity of Jesus...  Silent3   Sep-24-11 04:43 PM   #70 
        - Good discussion.  Thats my opinion   Sep-24-11 07:46 PM   #72 
           - I can't, and have no desire to, take away anyone's "right to find...  Silent3   Sep-24-11 11:42 PM   #74 
           - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-25-11 07:01 AM   #76 
           - "Epistemological abyss"  tama   Sep-25-11 01:44 PM   #81 
           - I find it incredibly interesting...  trotsky   Sep-25-11 09:46 AM   #77 
        - And which of those things  skepticscott   Sep-24-11 06:00 PM   #71 
           - If  tama   Sep-25-11 01:56 PM   #82 
              - Not remotely an answer to what I asked  skepticscott   Sep-25-11 04:47 PM   #83 
                 - OK  tama   Sep-25-11 05:35 PM   #84 
                    - CAN religion provide "spiritual" experiences?  skepticscott   Sep-25-11 06:35 PM   #87 
                       - OK  tama   Sep-25-11 08:21 PM   #93 
                          - Another non-answer  skepticscott   Sep-25-11 08:51 PM   #94 
                             - Do you remember the scene in Mel Brooks' History of the World part I where...  cleanhippie   Sep-26-11 01:44 PM   #99 
                                - I'm just waiting  skepticscott   Sep-26-11 07:59 PM   #102 
        - Church hierarchies  tama   Sep-25-11 01:32 PM   #80 
     - Is debate  tama   Sep-25-11 01:07 PM   #79 
  - The rules of behavior and the reasons for them are very important to me  Yo_Mama   Sep-25-11 06:28 PM   #86 
     - solid post  Thats my opinion   Sep-25-11 07:03 PM   #89 
     - Got a mouse in your pocket?  darkstar3   Sep-25-11 07:25 PM   #90 
     - What about internet-generated examples  skepticscott   Sep-25-11 07:28 PM   #92 
     - The reason you should care  skepticscott   Sep-25-11 07:26 PM   #91 
     - I thought it was clear  Yo_Mama   Sep-26-11 06:47 AM   #95 
        - As an aside...  trotsky   Sep-26-11 07:02 AM   #96 
        - Creationism is not "a competing theory"  Silent3   Sep-26-11 09:55 AM   #98 
        - So you've answered your own question about  skepticscott   Sep-26-11 07:58 PM   #101 
     - Many of the rules of behavior for many religions...  Silent3   Sep-26-11 09:43 AM   #97 
        - Your point betrays a lack of knowledge of at least my religion  Yo_Mama   Sep-26-11 01:55 PM   #100 
 

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