Hey all. I've gotta leave for class in like 10 minutes but I wanted to make an intro topic before I left. Um yeah, I'm Skiminal. I found this site through a friend's friend's Myspace page.
Brief history of beliefs:
I went to a Church of Christ for about 18 and 1/2 years. I'm gonna make the statement now that I believe I am a better person for having been a Christian at one point in my life. About 17 years into it, though, I really started questioning things. I decided to turn to the Internet for an answer. I joined a couple debate forums, and, within a couple days of readign articles, declared myself an athiest. this view wouldn't last, however. In retrospect, I realize that I was going through my teenage rebel days, and wanted there to be no God. Even thuogh I didn't want to, I still went to Church. Sometimes I went just to silently try to find things wrong with the preacher's lesson. One day I found a saw an article written in response to something called Universism. I got online to check out this Universism thingy. Reading the info on their website (now non-existant) I liked what I saw. For those of you who don't know what Universism is (not to be confused with Universalism) it's a "religion" established by Ford Vox. it's basically the belief that all we know is that we don't know. It's a quest for the ultimate Truth, whatever that Truth may be. The idea was great, unfortunately the community wasn't. So many close-minded people, religious and non-religious. Instead of seeking the Truth, they declared they knew the Truth. Instead of looking at the facts and saying "Ok, here are the facts we know, let's try to find some more and gradually start to uncover the Truth" many just said "Here are the facts this is the Truth." Also, with the mindframe of "I don't know", it was hard to establish a position on key issues. Universism had grown to about 2,500 members when the forum was shut down. Ford Vox's reason for shutting it down was because he wanted Universism to exist outside of the Internet and to expand. He felt like we sheltered ourselves on the forum, like an exclusive club. I felt he was right, but that he just did it prematurely. Universism needed more time to grow and to define itself. It needed a gradual transition into becoming existant outside of the Internet.
So yeah, the Universism movement is pertty much dead. Most of the dedicated members lost contact with each other with the sudden destruction of the forum. I still consider myself to be a Universist. I'm hoping I can better define what Universism stands for better, and maybe someday try to rebuild the Universist forum. Whatever the future lies, though, I'll still cling to not only the Universist beliefs, but to the morals and such that Christianity tought. There are so many good ideas that Universism and Christianity have, it's just a shame that they were corrupted.
So yeah, gotta go to class now I'll be on tonight with a couple thought provoking questions I'd like some feedback on.