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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4980 on: August 26, 2013, 12:52 AM »
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Wrote a piece on religion in MMA and sport generally, if that's of interest to anyone:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1749821-religion-and-mma-what-is-the-function-of-religious-faith-in-mixed-martial-arts
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4981 on: August 26, 2013, 01:15 AM »
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This piece somehow managed to find it's way into the Telegraph:
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/seanthomas/100231060/are-atheists-mentally-ill/
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4982 on: August 26, 2013, 02:22 AM »
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roflmao  Thanks for the laugh Shane! Very Happy
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4983 on: August 26, 2013, 03:45 AM »
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Wrote a piece on religion in MMA and sport generally, if that's of interest to anyone:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1749821-religion-and-mma-what-is-the-function-of-religious-faith-in-mixed-martial-arts
I did read it and found it very interesting article. Smile


This piece somehow managed to find it's way into the Telegraph:
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/seanthomas/100231060/are-atheists-mentally-ill/
Reading that, I'm surprised that not only am I still sane but am actually still alive and kicking. Very Happy
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4984 on: August 26, 2013, 12:01 PM »
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Am I right in thinking the Telegraph blog was intended as a joke?
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4985 on: August 26, 2013, 12:53 PM »
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Having known both sides of the coin I do think it is easier to be contented as a believer than as an agnostic but not sure if that equates with happiness.   In any case I am an ex-believer which I think is different from being a non-believer.     
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4986 on: August 26, 2013, 05:06 PM »
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Am I right in thinking the Telegraph blog was intended as a joke?
I did think it was a bit tongue in cheek.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4987 on: August 26, 2013, 05:26 PM »
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Wrote a piece on religion in MMA and sport generally, if that's of interest to anyone:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1749821-religion-and-mma-what-is-the-function-of-religious-faith-in-mixed-martial-arts

Well balanced.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4988 on: August 26, 2013, 05:30 PM »
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As to the Telegraph blog, here's what the author himself says:

sean thomas knox ‏@thomasknox  22 Aug 
For the final time - promise - 14,000 shares, 2100 comments. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/seanthomas/100231060/are-atheists-mentally-ill/ … just sayin'.

sean thomas knox ‏@thomasknox  22 Aug 
@Shandypockets lol. Ta. Can't believe some people have accused me of trolling. This wasn't trolling. It was intergalactic mega-trolling.


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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4989 on: August 26, 2013, 05:42 PM »
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And it's attracted 2,689 comments so far, and one of them is about as long as the article itself.

Well if he was looking to stir things big time, he certainly succeeded.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4990 on: August 26, 2013, 07:24 PM »
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It was intergalactic mega-trolling.
Ah good Smile
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4991 on: April 20, 2014, 04:29 PM »
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He's arrogant, I don't like him but a nice quote.



I actually like this. Think
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4992 on: April 20, 2014, 05:51 PM »
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I actually like this. Think
I do too, although I'm a Christian, albeit a non-practising one.  But is it necessary to believe in God to be a Christian?  I believe that Jesus Christ existed as a person who possessed many admirable qualities, some of them supernatural, but whether or not he was the son of a higher deity conceived in such an improbable way is another matter.  The truth is that there are, and always have been, people who have natural healing and mystical qualities, but who were conceived in the normal manner, and in the past many of them too were 'crucified' (often by being burnt at the stake) by their fellow men because of these qualities.  We might still not understand these qualities, but thankfully over the last 200 years ignorance has gradually decreased and people have become more tolerant, at worst nowadays dismissing such people as being 'a bit odd'.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4993 on: April 20, 2014, 07:14 PM »
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Great post, Aileen.  I couldn't have it more lucidly or succinctly - not sure that believing that Christ existed makes me a 'Christian' though.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4994 on: April 20, 2014, 07:52 PM »
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I think it depends on how you interpret the word 'Christian', and I may have misled you a bit here, but for me I believe that anyone who has the basic qualities of humanity, decency and generosity, along with toleration and respect towards their fellow human beings, can be regarded as being a Christian.  Not that I'm applying all of that to myself, although I would like to think that I have these qualities, at least to a lesser degree, whilst acknowledging the fact that I'm certainly not a perfect person.  I do think though that, although some people seem to be born with these attributes, most of us are capable of acquiring them through our life experiences and learn from our failings if we are willing to do so.

Also when I said I was a Christian, I meant that I was baptised into the Christian faith, and dutifully went to church every Sunday until I reached an age (21 to be exact) when I started to question the beliefs in the Bible that had been drummed into me, and having questioned and got no satisfactory answers, eventually reached my own conclusions.
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