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  1. frisas45

    I hate the oppression of fundamentalism!

    I am a Christian who respect every person's religion. Please don't disrespect mine. And PLEASE don't persuade me to leave the religion. It's not that easy. Fundamentalism of any religion. It's creeping into my life. I can't escape it. They take away everything I hold dear. After that, they...
  2. frisas45

    I hate it when religion dictates me which politicians to vote.

    Today, I was enraged by a pastor who told me that left-wing is "of the devil". I get it. Communism. Marxism. But what enrages me is that she doesn't give a flying rip about the right-wingers. I also told her that the right-wingers are "of the devil". She seems to disregard it. Such a shocking...
  3. C

    Scrubbing the dirt away

    Hi, I feel like i’m coming out of the filthy, muddy cavernous hole I have been in for the last 3 years and I want to share my experience in the hope that it can help someone who is suffering any mental trauma. A quick synopsis of my life: religious upbringing, working class background, went to...
  4. A

    How do you fit spirituality into your life?

    Hi everyone, I am looking for a way to integrate spirituality into my life, but I'm not sure how. I am as they say a total "noob", not having grown up with religion nor knowing too much about it really. Is there anyone else here who started at 0, but has found a way to practice spirituality...
  5. Kerome

    Seven types of religion

    Seven types of religion... - ignorance : being programmed at birth [shamanism] - fear : carrying on for fear of hell [christianity] - greed : doing things for otherworldly reward [islam] - logic : worldly, scriptural, learned, scholarly [jewish] - intelligence : paradoxical, synthetical...
  6. S

    You can't calculate prophets without accountants.

    I don't have any problems with any particular belief systems. But one thing I do find irksome is how almost every religion has these neat little rituals that are supposed to provide some magical benefits yet none of them make any effort to track the effectiveness of them. (I am generalizing...
  7. Kerome

    Why there is no way back for religion in the West

    Interesting TED talk on the decline of religion in the modern world
  8. Kerome

    Is religion helpful in psychosis? Or in recovery?

    I was thinking about this the other day, when looking at my own experiences was religion helpful in a psychosis? I mean you use the context of religion, of angels and demons perhaps, to give meaning to the things that you encounter. By doing so you place them in a context, you have certain...
  9. Kerome

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Here in the Netherlands the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is recognised as a real religion. And in New Zealand too, where ministers may actually marry people. And I’d like to add the Pastafarian prayer... It’s actually quite an interesting religion, meant to demonstrate that the...
  10. Not_Crazy_Yet

    Atheism: a non prophet organization TRIGGER WARNING

    So I was wondering what people think of atheism. I would like to study theology Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, native American, so on and so forth. My personal belief is that when you die there's just nothing for all perpetuity. I believe atheism is the most intelligent religion there is. Its a...
  11. B

    My mother copies everything I do.

    Hello all, I found this forum by googling this, and couldn't find anything, so I decided to take to a forum. My name is Theresa and I am 20. I live with my mother and I work for $9/hr, which is better than minimum wage but not enough to move out. I make about $5,000 a year- just clearing that up...
  12. cpuusage

    Universal, non-dual, unitive spiritual understanding & practise

    imo - All religious traditions / spiritual systems are forms - Fingers pointing to the moon. There is a thread of truth within everything. The perennial philosophy is very well established. Truth is Universal. i would far rather look for all the similarities than differences - the wholeness...
  13. cpuusage

    New Theosophy Network

    i found this web site recently & think it has some good articles on it - Theosophy And Self Identity : New Theosophy Network Theosophy relates to the idea of an Ancient wisdom / perennial philosophy, & is the study of human knowledge within the fields of comparative religion / spirituality...
  14. Kerome

    Psychology and spirituality

    What do we think psychology says about spirituality? Surely it has a lot to say about the needs of beings, their path to happiness, self improvement, morals, altruism? Maybe not so much about the actual numinous, the supernatural or metaphysical, but all the parts of religion around them...
  15. Kerome

    The ancient religion of the Mother Goddess

    I thought it would be interesting to talk about this. I know my own mother got a great deal of joy from exploring this topic, from a feminist point of view, so I thought I'd get together some links for you. Basically there are a number of hints that during the early hunter-gatherer societies...
  16. Kerome

    Is humanism a religion?

    I have gotten interested in humanism as a direction because one of my uncles attends a humanist circle. It's a somewhat ill-defined philosophical direction though, and it makes me wonder if it could be considered a religious movement. Humanism - Wikipedia TheHumanist.com Even non-theism and...
  17. cpuusage

    Cosmic Pantheism

    Cosmos on Nautilus: Cosmic Pantheism "Modern cosmology may rule out a personal God, but leaves open a broader conception of divinity. By Mary-Jane Rubenstein Aren’t those opposites?” people often ask me, when they discover I study science and religion. As a professor of religious studies, I am...
  18. cpuusage

    We are All Human Beings

    Regardless of any apparent differences; sex/sexual orientation, past history, circumstances, socio-economic status, labels, categorisations, judgements, assumptions, ages, religion or lack of religion, ethnicity/nationality, political views, medical diagnoses, health/lack of health...
  19. S

    Monsters don't exist

    They do and they look just like me and you. I've seen some shocking pictures, not recently but just what i've been shown in the past. When you get a really bad person I wonder how they think. When I'm off my meds I realise that these people are around in the towns and cities we live in but...
  20. cpuusage

    An apology

    i feel that i owe an apology to all the people with whom arguments/debates have got overheated at times on here, & for my over criticism of religions. Regardless of whatever religion, spirituality & path someone is on, it is Not for me to say what is right & wrong, or to attack people over it...