I am realizing more and more how fortunate I was to go to a Catholic hs that taught that science and religion are not incompatible. In fact, the more I learn about science, the harder it is for me to believe that this is all a series of mistakes or coincidences - the universe is too complex for that. That should not stop us from trying to better understand the universe we live in. However, we were also taught that much of the Bible should be read as parables as opposed to a history book.I'm up watching a rerun of bones. She's pregnant and due soon. She wants a home birth he does not. He is catholic and wants the baby to be baptized and she doesn't see the point, as an atheist. They compromise. Se says they'll do a home birth *and* they can baptize the baby. "Mythology gives children a way to make sense of the world.
Him: ".my religion is not mythology."
To atheists, your religious beliefs ARE mythology. No different than Zeus, Adonis, hades, etc. that really is what it is like to most atheists. But the dismissiveness and bluntness is off putting. Disrespectful, really. How is a believer supposed to just chuck out everything he's learned and believed over his lifetime?
And for people whose religious beliefs give them positive things, do we want them to chuck their beliefs?
Of the families (in real life)I know who do volunteer work, all are conservative Christians.
Just thinking out loud.
I have gone to some Christian churches recently that focus on Jesus the man, the son of God. They talk about what he did and how we should strive to be more like him. I find this off putting because as a Catholic we focus more on the divinity as opposed to the humanity.
I think the most important lessons that I learned at church, though, are love your neighbor as yourself and judge not lest ye be judged. I do not agree with all of my Church's policies, just as I do not agree with all of my political party's platforms, but I think that the main tenets are borne of love, charity and compassion. I try to live my life not as the person that I think other adults would think highly of, but as a person that my sons would be proud of. I don't need a book to tell me how to do that, but I find that my beliefs are not in contradiction to the Ten Commandments.