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"@Ed, et. al.: It works to support our cause because it gives people permission to blaspheme, it assassinates the last residues of sacrality that the pigs use to dress up as sacred cows. One of the biggest hurdles that people struggling to come out…"
"@Susan: This, exactly! The (in this case often literal) 'get-out-of-jail-free' card has let the religious establishment(s) get away with too much for too long. Sure, it's 'shock value;' but sometimes it takes a bit of shock…"
"The song itself answers the question:
And if you don't like this swearing that this motherfucker forced from meAnd reckon it shows moral or intellectual paucity Then fuck you motherfucker, this is language one employs When one is fucking…"
"Wow, me either! I think Schlitz, along with Pabst, another Milwaukee 'founder beer' have been relegated to the 'cheap list.' I occasionally see Pabst in oversize cans in gas station coolers next to the other 'malt…"
"RE: Your reply above (for which there is not a 'reply' link...o_0
I'm glad you found something worthwhile in our conversation. I'll admit is it nice to be found 'worth listening to.' As for the e-slap, I'll just…"
"I agree that Kony's 'theology' is a mishmash, BUT: While African Christianity does tend to incorporate local spiritual customs, but this does not make them something other than Christians. After all, that's how we got the…"
"I use everything from "goddamnit" to "Jesus-H-Roosevelt-Christ!" (A personal favorite, no clue how Roosevelt got into it...)
You don't need to believe it to cuss it, and frankly, the sacrilege* of it only makes it that much…"
"In terms of getting as close as possible to the original text, you are best going with a New Revised Standard. 'Study Bibles,' if they are published for the academic market have a lot of useful footnotes, introductions, etc. I highly…"
I'm a professor of medieval studies, and I sometimes teach courses in religion as an element of culture. I live for the moments when I see a student wake up and start to ask questions about their religious beliefs. Otherwise, I'm mother to an awesome, smart, questioning, atheist kid, wife to a philosopher, and slave to two lovingly spoiled cats. I have a somewhat obsessive love for chocolate, and I collect fountain pens.
Why are you here?
Discussion, getting to know what others are up to, and (sorry if this sounds arrogant) lending some advice to those questioning faith in hostile environments.
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
I was raised largely atheist. Religion never even really came into the discussion. I was shocked when I lived on my own and people assumed I was Christian because I put up Christmas lights.... I flirted with neo-pagan/wiccan paths, mostly because I found their narratives to be rich and compelling, but ultimately decided that while potentially useful and rewarding as allegories and symbols, they are just that, not literal truth.
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