"Read Malinowski, and perhaps a high school class in philosophy is not enough for you to understand epistemology if you don't understand what I mean. As annoying as I find postmodernism, you'd at least have to have read Foucault."
"Arguments about religion are generally kind of pointless, because they boil down to epistemology and an argument between two epistemologies is like a boxing match between people standing in different rings.
Those arguments generally…"
"Do you mean "did he exist?" or "is He the Lamb of God who died for our sins?" because those are very different questions. Evaluating historical sources is a complicated task-- you look at the sources, compare to other…"
"Very eclectic. I'm generally most into postpunk, but my playlist contains everything from Joy Division to Hazel Dickens, to Delirium, to Johnny Cash, to John Coltrane, to Abba to, Josh White, to Wumpscut, to Voltaire, to Murder By Death,…"
"Your moment of utterly surreal trivia:
I think it's called a "cilice," but I may have read that in Dan Brown's book ( "Da Vinci Code" or "The Da Vinci Code," something like that) I also remember it being in…"
Studying anthropology (no surprise there).Actually kind of a religion in itself.
Religion not a factor in any way that would fit in this box. Suffice to say I'll worry about the ultimate nature of the Universe when there's no more anthropology, and as long as there's anthropos, there'll be anthropology (periodic AN articles to the contrary notwithstanding).
Why are you here?
What kind of a question is that for a bunch of atheists to be asking?
Why you left your religion.
I was raised Quaker, and I never really left it, although I haven't considered myself Christian since I was 14-- however, fringey is kind of par for the course for Quakerism. Kind of nominally Pagan, kind of agnostic, I don't really worry about it much. Last church I went to was Unitarian, and that's actually too vague, oddly enough-- the explanation wouldn't fit.
You really ought to leave some kind of room for Pagans.
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