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Old 11-18-2013, 09:15 PM
 
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The unknowns become too much for some, and religion gives some really easy answers.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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That was a great post, Mordant. Thanks for writing it.

It sounds like religion was very good for your brother. That's the way it should be.
I have shared elsewhere that the end was not so good, as he was terribly confused at how things were not turning out as they were "supposed" to for him. Confused and deeply hurt. Reality bites. That is the problem for people who have bovine contentment with their religion; reality has a pesky way of intruding. I felt so badly for him those last six months. I did my best to explain that the cancer was not a punishment or his fault somehow, but he died thinking he had somehow failed god -- worried for his widow, too, and felt that his punishment was falling on her, too.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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I have shared elsewhere that the end was not so good, as he was terribly confused at how things were not turning out as they were "supposed" to for him. Confused and deeply hurt. Reality bites. That is the problem for people who have bovine contentment with their religion; reality has a pesky way of intruding. I felt so badly for him those last six months. I did my best to explain that the cancer was not a punishment or his fault somehow, but he died thinking he had somehow failed god -- worried for his widow, too, and felt that his punishment was falling on her, too.
That is really too bad, Mordant. However, I can't help laughing at the "bovine contentment" phrase. In many cases, religion seems to help people deal with the reality that bites al of us.

Even though my wife does not go to church, she believes in god, and her faith helped comfort her when her parents died. She found a very, very nice priest to give her father his last rites.

Maybe I will have "Thanatopsis" read at my funeral.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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What are in your opinion, the main reasons for people to turn to religion? I'm interested in this.
My opinion and maybe my opinion only.
Mentaly weak, afraid of being alone, afraid of death and what may lie beyond our physical hosts life.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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That is really too bad, Mordant. However, I can't help laughing at the "bovine contentment" phrase. In many cases, religion seems to help people deal with the reality that bites al of us.

Even though my wife does not go to church, she believes in god, and her faith helped comfort her when her parents died. She found a very, very nice priest to give her father his last rites.

Maybe I will have "Thanatopsis" read at my funeral.
I like that poem, thanks for mentioning it. I may well have it read at my funeral, too, although funerals are for the living, not the dead, so it will be more like a suggestion than a requirement.

As to my "bovine contentment" remark ... some people are naturally more content and less curious and who am I to disturb such people's composure? Those same people will mostly "live and let live" and will not agitate for the imposition of their beliefs upon me. In general they are not even that easy for others to manipulate to impose anything on me. The worst you can say is that their money will be used for such ends to an extent. My late bro was like that; he was congenial and sweet and diligent. I have another brother, the next in birth order, and his personality combined with his religion in a much less innocuous manner. His name is Dick, and let's just say there are times when he really lives up to his name ;-)
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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Difficulty accepting an honest and accurate "I don't know." as an answer to these two questions:


1. What is the origin of the universe in general and humanity in particular?

2. What happens to one's consciousness when the physical body dies?
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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Default Main reasons people turn to religion

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Difficulty accepting an honest and accurate "I don't know." as an answer to these two questions:
1. What is the origin of the universe in general and humanity in particular?
2. What happens to one's consciousness when the physical body dies?
It is not so much a difficulty accepting "We don't know" . . . as it is simply acknowledging the ubiquity, scope, power and control over our existence that this ineffable unknown embodies. You may prefer "We don't know" . . . but we prefer to acknowledge the status relative to us of what we don't know using the title God.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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What are in your opinion, the main reasons for people to turn to religion? I'm interested in this.
Fear and ignorance. Some even fear their own individual power. For others, religion is a way to excuse their personal responsibility. The fact that some evangelicals believe that the Earth is 4-6 thousand years old and that humans walked with dinosaurs is tragic ignorance. Education is available at one's fingertips in our era.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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The fact that some evangelicals believe that the Earth is 4-6 thousand years old and that humans walked with dinosaurs is tragic ignorance.
We did more than just walk. We tamed them!

Because we know that The Flintstones was a documentary
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:11 AM
 
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fear of reality...

but there are many more reasons i am sure.
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