"Why should a doctor be emotionally distant and completely objective? Sorry, but I agree with Patch Adams on this one. Doctors should and are obligated to become emotional involved with their patients. Doctors are not machines. They are humans,…"
"Pam, you missed my point when I brought up alternatives. These alternatives would not have been sought out had certain groups of the population not refused to perform certain procedures. These alternatives have been researched and developed solely…"
"absolutely. great point Dave. science is the exact opposite of dogmatic. insofar as religion is subject to investigation the "investigators", often just apologists masquerading as investigators, look for evidence to prop up their religion.…"
"An excellent link, Nelson.
Jordon, science is not a religion, although many have tried to claim it as such, and there have been more than a few science fiction novels dealing with science-as-religion.
One of the core differences between science…"
I went through a similar period in my life, when I had rejected organized religion as fundamentally flawed, and the source of more ill than good. I spent some time with 'unorganized religion', just me and my beliefs, and when I…"
"science is absolutely not a religion. if doesn't have any of the things in common with a religion.
as for the definition of religion, i think Austin Cline says it best here. after reading that i find it hard to see how someone could either…"
"hey man, thanks for replying!
i too really strive to understand how others think. i try to understand people who are religious and i also try to understand people who were religious but who are now atheists- i myself was never religious, never…"
"Thanks for the welcome. Indeed I am a Christian, and yes at times I am disillusioned with the Church. I will definitely be engaging in dialogue, which is why I am here. I like to understand other people and how and why they think like they do. I am…"
"I truly understand where you're coming from, as I went through this phase, as well. My deconversion story is very similar to Johhny's. But that's not what you want to know.
There is harm in believing in a god without religion just as…"
"hey Jordan! welcome to the community. i see you're a Christian right now but perhaps you're disillusioned with your church? no worries man. we don't bite. talk to us or just read our thoughts. you're welcome here.
"if we can call simple faith in god something like deism or pantheism then i quite agree- i have no problem whatsoever with deists or pantheists (except that their beliefs are just as unevidenced as the theists' are). there's no doctrine or…"
"Yup. That's pretty much how my story went, too. I held onto the idea of God for a while before finally letting go. After a while though, the idea just became more and more impractical. Since the Bible was clearly man-made and full of…"
"You might not be looking for a deconversion story as a response; but you really sound like you are at a similar point to a stage I went through. So thought I'd share a little...
Looking back... The first step in my deconversion came when I…"
i too really strive to understand how others think. i try to understand people who are religious and i also try to understand people who were religious but who are now atheists- i myself was never religious, never believed in a god, so i'm fascinated both by the mindset of someone who believes and that of someone who used to and no longer does.
hey Jordan! welcome to the community. i see you're a Christian right now but perhaps you're disillusioned with your church? no worries man. we don't bite. talk to us or just read our thoughts. you're welcome here.
see ya 'round!