Do you just want to take from others because they have something you'd like to have too? [YOU RESPOND]
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2008 9:41 AM
Subject: [General Question] General Question/Defend my God/Disgruntlement-Mail
Leo sent a message using the contact form at http://www.rationalresponders.com/contact.
First off: I am a practicing Roman Catholic who loves his God, his Church and his Pope. And I am NOT pissed off by your page. Yes, you strike me as a bit too martial and sassy sometimes so that your message comes across rather insecure and spoiled-brat-like, but that goes for some Christians as well, doesn't it?
I stumbled across your page for the first time today and read a few entries as well as some of the comments. I also took a look at you "Irrational Precepts".
Jerry Falwell already is kind of "eradicated from Earth", isn't he?
Denying the Holocaust happened? D'accord.
The claim that science is dogmatic? It is as undogmatic as religion, while scientists can easily be as dogmatic as theologians.
Saying that evolution is just a theory, not a fact? Why? This is just an opinion, which should be as legit as the opinion that there is no God, even if it might sound stupid and preposterous to you.
Giving religious beliefs a special pass above criticism? D'accord. But the best critics of religion I have met are the people involved in religion from within, not without.
The claim that the Bible is a good source for morality. You would have to resort to the kind of self-aggrandizing semantics and logical "I can pee further than thou"-isms I have encountered in the comments to maintain that the Bible is not exactly that. And don't even start with the OT. I am talking about the New Covenant.
Thinking that logicians use logic to limit peoples thought. Wow! You want to eradicate thinking? Brave New Atheist World, I guess.
The claim that mystical experiences can give us knowledge? If you really just object that and not mystical experiences themselves, I suggest you go and get one before you pass judgment.
Religious terrorism / Fundamentalism / Born again Christians. D'accord, provided you mean fundaMENATLism and not FUNdamentalism.
Holistic medicine used in place of scientifically verified medicine. D'accord.
Apart from that I would really like to know if your mission statement is serious. I might be living on planet Catholic but I am not blind and deaf. And three years of studies in Rome did not give me the hard evidence I would need to subscribe to the statement that we are out here to "eradicate" atheism. Why, then, the hostility? For you faith might just be a question of choice. For me it is a vocation. Don't you think that this fact at least deserves a little respect? Am I the suspect and the enemy just because there's nutters out there who don't know how to properly live a Catholic/Christian/Jewish/Muslim/whatever life? Am I to assume that the dozens - no, make that hundreds - of young nuns, monks and seminarians I have met in the past years are just being the helpful, gentle, kind, intelligent and witty people they are because they set up a huge and clever plot to deceive me into believing that the majority of the future Catholic Church is made up of people who can actually change this world for the better?
I am perfectly at ease believing in Christ no matter if there is one billion of Catholics out there or just a handful. Why do I get the feeling that you will not feel secure and at ease until you really eradicated religion? Are you looking for a way to live your life while simultaneously staying true to yourself or do you just want to take from others because they have something you'd like to have too?
I am sorry if that sounds annoying, but I have a hard time seeing the sense in what you are doing.
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