THE GOVERNMENT COWARDLY AND UNTRUSTWORTHY
WANTS TO TAKE AWAY MY RIGHT BY FORCE
ITS AMERICRAZY MASTER
CRAZY BLOODHOUND IT WILL DEFEND
If my reading of C.S. Lewis is correct, the sole purpose of Christianity - possibly of the universe itself - is so that men can become "little Christs". (...) So to whatever extent a church treats baptism as being about anything other than the immortal soul of the child - say, a "welcome to our club" initiation right - I'm afraid they've lost the plot.
However, many people do wish to make an official break from the church.Um, you can? Just go to the church of your denomination with your baptism certificate, approach the clergyman in charge, tell him or her that you were baptized into this particular faith, and you are now renouncing it. Done and done.
However, many people do wish to make an official break from the church.
I asked "what's the point if you don't believe in magical thinking". A question which was answered - comedic value - to which I said I see the comedic value.
Are you just particularly fighty today?
I don't recall saying that. Atheism is a choice, theism is a choice.
It seems nonsensical to choose to think something, in the sense of choosing to believe something?
who is choosing?
believe it or not, people do choose to change their minds about their belief in God, or what faith they practice. Happens every day.
I consciously decided that I no longer believed in God when I was 15
Flunkie -- no, I decided. I could have shook off the nagging doubts, redevoted myself to church activities, and reaffirmed my faith; or I could do the opposite as I actually did. Both paths were possible, and I realized that either way I was committing myself totally to a belief system that violated half my strongly-held beliefs.
At that time my beliefs were so contradictory that none of them were really all that powerful
As a child, I was convinced, by the smell alone, that holy water contained nun sweat.
The concept of atheism being a choice strikes me as similar to the claim that homosexuality is a choice.Is religion a choice?
The concept of atheism being a choice strikes me as similar to the claim that homosexuality is a choice.
Flunkie -- you are drastically oversimplifying what it means to believe in something.
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