Oh no, it's great. That was just an aside explaining why I've gotten in the habit of verifying things to prevent my potential misinterpretations
Yes, it is human nature to broadly categorise things that are really a spectrum's
Well, cartesianism plus the bad practice of simply changing/repackaging things to fit our ruler instead of considering maybe it's time to get another ruler. This I've found is true for almost everything...hey, were only human
but religion as a concept
Ah, that's cool. I'd agree with you for the most part but in the sense that we humans are great at f&*&cking it all up.
But because it indoctrinates people into a believing, non skeptical, and non scientific ways of thinking."
Well, yes, I actually am guilty of that. For example, people in the thread have used time as a linear in some of their arguments. I'm of the personal opinion that time itself is not linear, only our (as humans with human senses) perception of it is. I do realise that I'm the odd person out on this particular forum though and that most here insist on the rigour you also desire. Y'know, I honestly don't think that has a lot to do with my Christianity though. There are lots of, vehemently, atheist 'woo woo out there' types too
However I think saying 'Jesus loves you' is also a somewhat more subtle method of forcing people into religion practices via positive emotions and culture conformity, but to the same end.
Heh, well I once lived in central Florida as a brown person for half a year and have come to associate that particular phrase as a form of condescending back handed compliment. Gotta love southern 'charm' /s Again, my main point being that a lot of the acts of religious people, are just that...acts of people . That's the only take away I hope you get from this conversation, well, that and my original request. Because, and I was hoping to make this clear in my last comment but, I'll just state it bluntly:
It is not my intent to convert you.
HA HA! I did mention I was pretty shit at "being Christian" at the beginning of all this
Especially right now according to society as it's 9 am on a Sunday and my only immediate plans are to have some left over beef and broccoli before bed. While my Dad calls and bitches at me for my absences routinely, I know Jesus doesn't give a shit knows that I'm too tired.
Seriously though, acceptance != capitulation to someone else's wishes...ever.
Wow, that was a lot. Thanks for taking the time