posted on Mar, 24 2014 @ 01:17 PM
reply to post by theabsolutetruth
I guess it is just a valid way of identifying with a belief, or way of life, like ''vegetarian'' or ''liberal'', it is just another way of
describing the ethos or ideals to which an individual aspires, in more detail than just man /woman.
It is probably essential to have such names for groups otherwise how would their ideals / ethics be made known, for example Christian denotes certain
beliefs and qualities that affect an individual, Jew has it's own ideals and qualities to which those that define themselves as such aspire, for
example Kashrut / Kosher, similarly for Muslims and other religions where their beliefs affect the things they do every day such as eating and
praying, hence using collective names for those beliefs is only natural.
Very good point. I agree.
In the OP I intimated that one takes such a label for reasons of vanity, meaning that he wears the name like one would a dress, to let others know how
he thinks, his culture, before ever having to live up to what the label entails. I think this is a similar to what you are saying about making ideals
and ethics known.
I mean, the last Christian died on the cross. Emulating the beliefs of Jesus is impossible, and all one can do is adhere to the rhetoric and culture
that Christ created. Beliefs are only ever described, but never shared. They are personal. So I think one is Christian by name only, living up to
nothing but the culture of the religion.