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Author Topic: Religion and Philosophy (was in Reform Celtic Recon To-Do List)  (Read 11843 times)
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« Reply #3: March 30, 2007, 10:37:51 am »

Improving the universe is another one to be filed under vague, subjective and dated.  We do what we think is best, according to what we know at the time, and the rest goes under the oops, I'm really sorry category.  To put this in a religion almost implies that deity sees shortsighted foibles regardless of their long term cost to be an acceptable part of human nature.

What anyone sees as improvement is subjective, and whether it's long term improvement remains to be seen. 

So I guess I see "Improve the universe to the best of your abilities and understanding" Closely followed by "expand your abilities and understanding" to be an empowered version of 'Always do your best' but I'm so jaded on the concept of what an individuals 'best' is (Bush is doing his *best*), that it would take OCD as a religion to satisfy that criterion.  Thus I don't see religion as addressing the meaning of life. 

Are we here to suffer?  Are we here as an accident?  Are we here to make changes?  Are we here to make as few changes as possible?  Are we an animal and here to breed?  Are we here as custodians of this planet?  Are we an infestation of the planet, are we just a liminal species here till the next big thing shows up and laughs us and our gods back to the last ice age?
I leave philosophy in the hands of the philosophers, what is the meaning of life, and religion between an individual and their gods.  With god, I ask; what is the meaning of our relationship.

Erm.  I really don't see what the first half of what I quoted has to do with the second half.  This philosophy doesn't work for you, ergo, religion shouldn't ask these questions?

Just because it doesn't work for you doesn't mean religion should be thrown out the window.  Religion and philosophy have always been intertwined.  I really don't understand how you can just have the meaning of the human-god relationship and throw out everything else.

And it certainly doesn't make any sense in BUILDING a religion.

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