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Everything posted by Tsathoggua9

  1. You don't need to erase your memories. Just make sure to make friends with people who approach life from a non-christian perspective, read books dedicated to science and rationality, go to interesting movies, watch some good nonreligious documentaries. And try to have a hearty laugh or two every day! Don't take things too seriously, try to get some distance between your current self and your previous set of beliefs. Ya know, stuff like that......
  2. The bible is a collection of myths, just-so stories, and propaganda that was written by a motley group of men over the course of several centuries. Historically speaking, it is one of the most influential books ever. There are some facts in there, interspersed with fanciful exaggerations and outright lies by men who sought to concoct a religion (or several religions in succession). Some perhaps were sincere, while others merely sought a means with which to control others' lives. It must be studied critically, and should never again be seen as the inerrant word of a god.
  3. Wow! I think I may have forgotten how sooper-dooper Pharisaical the Church of Christ can be. I was there, but not really so "churched-up", myself. Thanks for posting; that reminds me how crazy-legalistic COC'ers can be!
  4. My mother was "Church of Christ", but not so much so that she wouldn't associate with other types of people. She was never prejudiced at all, and never minded that I had friends of various different religious and non-religious persuasions. I'm very grateful for that! When I was in college at David Lipscomb (1979-1983), some people were pretty "churched-up", but I don't remember too many people saying that they wouldn't associate or be friends with non-Christians. Most were more open-minded than that! I enjoyed palling around with my church friends post-college, but I also had others who shared my interests in comic books, science fiction, Fortean phenomena, etc. For a while there, I went to a "First Sunday" group sponsored by the "First Church Unity" in the Nashville area, and affiliated loosely with the "Institute of Noetic Sciences". That was interesting! https://www.unityofnashville.org/ https://noetic.org/
  5. Mainstream Christianity (not the fundamentalists) had to deal with the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason. Islam has not had to contend with those forces at a comparable level. I think that is the main difference, here. That being said, I have known a number of "Muslims" on a personal level that are basically reasonable people; they don't take religion that seriously, it is just their cultural background.
  6. Groovy, man! I approve wholeheartedly.
  7. So true! I read widely as a child, and this was the main reason the fundamentalist mindset promoted by the "Church of Christ" never really infected me. It was obvious from a cursory glance through the so-called "Holy Book" that the various-and-sundry writers wouldn't know science if it came up behind them and bit them on the ass.
  8. I heard this type of talk in sermons as I was growing up. I'm not sure how many people really subscribed to it literally, though. Hard to imagine!
  9. Wow, what a story! Thanks for sharing. Welcome aboard!
  10. I have my Facebook pic as my icon. That probably show you how much I care!
  11. The Unitarian Universalists are a hell of lot better than the fundamentalists, fer sure!
  12. Oh, that would be a great idea! I always enjoyed the Chick tracts. When I first saw one, I actually thought that it was a parody....
  13. Hey, welcome to the site! I hope that you can find what you need, here.
  14. I never understood this whole "If it weren't for God, we would be horrible rapists / murderers" nonsense. Silly stuff!
  15. Hey, I'm happy for you, but could you explain the "The replica literally brought me to tears." About the dinosaur replica?
  16. Oh yeah, it will take a while for the situation to improve, for sure!
  17. The Republican party nowadays is a bizarre mishmash of true-believers (mostly Evangelicals) and those willing to use the true-believin' Christians in order to achieve political power. A sad state of affairs, but it ain't goin' away, anytime soon!