I believe in a fair fight, doc. Be it with fists or with words.<quoted text>
That's a powerful post, Buck. You have more cachet with the Christians than we atheists.
I'm a little confused about where you stand regarding organized religion. Is it a net positive or net negative in your estimation?
If a net negative, do you see any positives to organized religion, even if they are more than offset by the negatives. The usual positives ascribed to Christianity is that it reinforces good moral values and is an important source of charity to the needy. Would you agree with either of those claims, and would you add any to that list?.
Would you consider the world a better or worse place if the Christian church just evaporated away? How about Islam?
Do you consider your private beliefs religion?
I think religion is a net negative. But I resist the denial of the positives, because they are important.
I think the world would be better off if all organized religion disbanded.
My private beliefs are not religious. I profess spirituality.
I believe there is only one sin - unkindness. I believe we continue after physical death, in some way, but I do not fully understand it.
I believe in that continuation, the only thing about the present life that matters is what we do for someone else.
When I do something bad to another, I feel bad. When I do something kind, I feel good.
I think that connects me to things outside me.