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originally posted by: Stormdancer777
Why is it atheist are so obsessed with god? It seems to me far more topics are started by atheist on ATS regarding god then the religious.
Many Christian churches seem to be social clubs and self help organizations, some fundamentalist churches preach a doctrine empty of the history behind the Biblical text, taking the scripture at face value, never delving deep enough to fully understand them.
The church and its many denomination have gone through so many changes, many for the best, you wouldn't want them to go backwards, then I have to wonder what's wrong with simplicity, a simple love one another covers everything.
Love, forgiveness, and tolerance, non judgmental.
I'll have to work on that.
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
i may just have to start a new religion ....i think i will call it "conspiradom"....and have a big hall and i will call it "the hall of conspiratol witnesses"....
In January 2011, two authors—David Voas, a professor at the University of Manchester, and Charlotte Ward, an independent researcher in the field of alternative spirituality—published an article called “The Emergence of Conspirituality” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary Religion.
What is “Conspirituality”?
The authors of the article have coined a new word—“conspirituality”—to describe what they see as a recently-emerging religion that melds New Age sensibilities and conspiracy theories. The best way to explain it is to quote from the article itself:
“We argue that conspirituality is a politico-spiritual philosophy based on two core convictions, the first traditional to conspiracy theory, the second rooted in the New Age:
(1) A secret group covertly controls, or is trying to control, the political and social order (Fenster).
(2) Humanity is undergoing a ‘paradigm shift’ in consciousness, or awareness, so solutions to (1) lie in acting in accordance with an awakened ‘new paradigm’ worldview.
Conspirituality is a web movement with diffuse leadership and constantly shifting areas of interest.”
The Emerging Religion of “Conspirituality”
originally posted by: LittleByLittle
originally posted by: WilsonWilson
I don't see those who aren't fundementalists as hypocrites, but more people who believe in god but not the holy books as direct words of god. but you may be right about new religious books needing to be written.
But then they should not call themselves a label that insane people can hide their wolfish nature behind. The whole problem with the labels Christian, Jew, Muslim is that it allows wolf in sheep skin to corrupt other people. If they removed the label from themselves the wolfs nature would be alone and no longer able to hide it's insanity by saying It is part of the group label.
zealotry does not have to have a negative connotation
I could be a zealot for love,
originally posted by: Chronogoblin
a reply to: AllIsOne
I do believe you've nailed the 'wide is the gate, narrow is the doorway' thing right on the head. Not sure what else you tried to say. Something negative about religion in general?
originally posted by: WilsonWilson
I have to say I believe the complete opposite. I have much more respect for people who say I have a belief in god, I believe in Jesus, but I don't believe all this nasty stuff. To me it's obvious the bible and other religious books were written by humans with human prejudices. Doesn't mean the entire spiritual lesson should be thrown out with the evil stuff.
How can you respect fundamentalists burning those they believe to be witches, because oh well at least they're sticking to their holy book.
originally posted by: deadeyedick
I can give you answers for all the seemingly silly acts in the old testament if you ask but likely without knowledge of the unsen forces at work you will dismiss any claims made.
originally posted by: AllIsOne
My conspiracy theory is that the majority of religious folk that don't really follow a religion, as stated in the core texts, have managed to marginalize the ones that do.