Hey! Nice to see you again! Thanks for the "Welcome back." I appreciate it. Since I was one of the "old guard" or something and had gone quiet for at least 3 years, I was doubtful that anyone would recognize me. Good to see that there are still familiar faces here!
So, now that I'm done with undergrad work, and have about 2 years until I go for a PhD, and have my confidence back, I'm back online!
Which bible? There are so many different versions, who can keep track? I have read many of them. The Quran. The Torah. And eastern religions. And animist religions. And Native American religions. And sci-fi religions. With and without a god. And with many gods. (Point of irony: all religions with gods are polytheistic in my view.) And in several languages. Anyway, just not a fan of the stupidity of it all. The hypocrisy bothers me, too, but it's really the lack of logic and its global impact that I would like to see diminished. I was raised as a Christian but with the right not to be. Nobody in my family forced me to believe anything, and luckily, they are readers, and they were open to philosophical discussions about the universe. For years, I co-existed with the religious, recognizing there are "sheep" and even crazies in every group no matter the group. Secretaries. Doctors. Teachers. Bartenders. Whatever. But the older I get, the more disturbed I am at how the modern global political machine is making a huge shift, killing public education and leveraging superstition. This is not a conspiracy theory. It's just what's happening. Sample the evolution of legislation from various countries. And that's fine. I can move when necessary...and then move again. But it really seems to me that any philosophy that relies on ignorance and subjugation of the mind and spirit is a threat to civilized society and personal freedom. I don't have a personal ax to grind with any particular religion. I don't have any more bad experiences with religious people than any other group of people. I just think religion as a concept is the strongest doctrine in the world limiting personal agency, scientific and socio-economic advancement, and political stability. In the United States, political values are so wrapped up social judgment, that the original meaning of liberal and conservative - the speed with which change is implemented in a given political system - has been lost. I believe there is a humanist imperative, a morality if you will, but I don't need the threat of a hell or the promise of a heaven to conduct myself ethically with a conscience. I also believe that I should be able to be a non-believer fiscal conservative who comes from a Southern WASP family married to a mixed race man from another country trying to raise my children with conservative moral values which are based on the notion of personal safety and consideration for others not on a voyeur god. I don't give a damn about sexual orientation or the color of your skin or what your parents and great-grandparents did. Are you a decent human being? Do you lie? Do you steal? Are you selfish? Or greedy? Do you manipulate? Do you use people? Do you pray instead of do something? Do you whine and blame instead of do something? Do you read? Do you think for yourself? Can we disagree intelligently? Are you discerning? Are you thoughtful? Can you admit your mistakes? Can you change your own thoughts and behavior based on the consequences of your actions? Are you considerate? Empathetic? Do you speak for what is right and defend those who need defending? I would like to contribute to making the world a place where nobody responds to tragedies with a hastag-pray-for picture. And where there's a national media industry devoted to news not propaganda. It's a pipe dream, but we've all got to work for something. And yes, I read a lot. Everything I can get my hands on. My (main) home library contains upwards of 5000 modern and antique books, and that doesn't count ebooks and audiobooks, and a/v materials like our purchased or saved documentaries, podcasts, etc. The main area downstairs, which is also the kids' study, is arranged according to the Dewey decimal system.There is a huge section on religion, with everything from the aforementioned books to the the Book of Mormon, books on witchcraft, (as in actual spell-casting books), the teachings of Confucius, American 1980's cult scare histories
Yes, the clinical lab is pretty amazing if you're into that sort of stuff. I'm a student still and will be graduating in 2018. If I were to lean toward a specialty in the lab it would be Microbiology, Blood Bank, or Immunohematology. And with a AS degree it pays pretty well and is high in demand.
Thanks. Dan Barker is one of the few contemporary clerics who has had the balls to publicly step away from both belief and vocation. I would enjoy meeting and chatting with him. There are, in fact, thousands of ministers of all stripes/denominations who leave their faith and faith traditions each year. Of course they don't all depart as non-theists; but many - from all indication - do develop serious reservations if not doubt about the doctrines and creeds they are expected to espouse and to embody. We need more Dan Barkers.
you made the perfect cut :D and If you need any help in arabic and islamic things , I am here and I can help you in anything ^_^ I think the only thing which make me happy about being a native arabic speaker that I can understand Islam completely on its reality :)
The last and biggest mistake I made was being a Christian,changing my mind opened up and answered old questions.I know more now then I ever thought I could.Mistakes are for those who get involved I will just stand on the sideline and Learn.