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Author Topic:   Suppose you had to choose a religion?
robinrohan
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Message 1 of 29 (26876)
12-16-2002 7:03 PM


This may get me kicked off of this forum, since it is rather frivolous (I tend to be that way) but suppose you had to choose a religion. Obviously I am addressing the non-believers. Which would be--from an aesthetic standpoint--most palatable? I say this because I am attracted in an aesthetic sense to certain beliefs:
Roman Catholicism--has something to be said for it. I like, as Woody Allen said, its "structure." And the cathedrals are beautiful. The history of it all.
Hinduism--I don't know much about it, but from what I've read this religion in its pure form is very fine. Also I like the idea of reincarnation and the notion of the Absolute.
Quakers--this appeals to me in their concept of making a difference in other people's lives--this relates to Quetzal's meaning of life--and I also like the notion of going to a meeting and saying nothing.

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robinrohan
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Message 3 of 29 (27097)
12-17-2002 7:48 PM
Reply to: Message 2 by joz
12-16-2002 9:01 PM


[QUOTE]Originally posted by joz:
Actually the real reasons I have a soft spot for Islam is the way it (is supposed to) give women so many legal rights, quite ahead of his time was ole' Mohammed.....
That's news to me. You wouldn't think it--looking around.

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robinrohan
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Message 6 of 29 (27246)
12-18-2002 4:08 PM
Reply to: Message 5 by John
12-17-2002 8:59 PM


And what happened through the years as regards women in Islam? I guess they started interepreting the scriptures somewhat differently.
If I am not mistaken, women cannot drive a car in Saudia Arabia (correct me if I am wrong).
Islam of the conservative variety looks like gender apartheid to me.

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robinrohan
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Message 8 of 29 (27249)
12-18-2002 4:23 PM
Reply to: Message 7 by Brian
12-18-2002 4:19 PM


"You don't live for all eternity"? How long do you live? Don't you join the Absolute?
Buddhism sounds good. I know nothing about it.

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robinrohan
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Message 9 of 29 (27250)
12-18-2002 5:21 PM
Reply to: Message 8 by robinrohan
12-18-2002 4:23 PM


A little more about aesthetics: I really like Christmas. Songs, etc. The story of Christ in my opinion--when I am in a certain mood--is very moving, very artistic. It's just that in a Western culture we have heard it so much that we tend to be unmoved. It's like being forced to watch a movie over and over again.
Also, the poetry of the Bible. It is often very moving to somebody like me. But do not think I am offering some kind of argument here (the story caught on because it is good artistically).
Because the same could be said for the evolutionary story. Very moving. Powerful.
I think aesthetic appeal is underrated in determining what one believes.

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robinrohan
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Message 17 of 29 (28580)
01-07-2003 8:45 AM
Reply to: Message 16 by Gzus
01-04-2003 8:44 AM


The most attractive belief of all, to me, is reincarnation.

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robinrohan
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Message 22 of 29 (28706)
01-08-2003 7:29 PM
Reply to: Message 20 by John
01-08-2003 9:20 AM


John: time to do what?

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robinrohan
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Message 24 of 29 (28777)
01-09-2003 11:16 PM
Reply to: Message 21 by Andya Primanda
01-08-2003 10:33 AM


Primanda, what do we crave?

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