[quote author=“lawrence”][quote author=“exploded-planet-god”][quote author=“Paul Hindle”]I think i should get some input on this subject before proceeding.
I have never been comfortable with the us and them scenario and to remove this issue from my faith/religion concerns i am considering participating in religious forums. This forum is very helpful for us free thinkers but why “preach to the choir” when it comes to educating others.
Have any of you tried this approach?
I’ve been discussing religion with all flavors of believers - Xian and Wiccan and panxxiests (and non-believers) for the past half dozen years.
I’m always amazed at the reaction from people concerning their simple beliefs. Converting a believer to the side of logic and reason will rarely work. That’s why inculcating kids to their parents’ belief system is so important. Get them early and young and you’ll pretty much have them for life. That’s why I’ve considered trying to get young kids as an “audience” as it were.
I must ask you, are you ready to martyr yourself?
Not yet. I’m 43.
The path you suggest is dangerous as well as immoral.
It’s neither dangerous nor immoral. Hence, why I’ve suggested it and have considered it.
Do you have children?
Nope. Earth has plenty of people already.
You can inculcate them.
If I did, I wouldn’t as I believe in free will (as far as religous beliefs go).
To do as you say you are doing and have done is wrong because parents always want the best for their children.
Freedom of speech with an HONEST intent to explain something to someone is not wrong.
You have a belief system that pats you on the back for your success but you do not have to pay the price for children whose lives may be greatly disrupted by your intellectual activities.
I can’t recall my belief system patting me on the back (to the contrary, I’m in one of the belief minory groups).
Are you there to comfort them when everything their parents have worked for is washed down the toilet?
I would be should it come to that (but it hasn’t “yet”).
What gives you the right to play God?
Free will. And, I’m not playing god. I’m a little more consistent in my philosophy - LOL!