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re: ours is the right one » Dr. Bob

Posted by lil' jimi on July 28, 2003, at 11:51:05

In reply to re: ours is the right one, posted by Dr. Bob on July 27, 2003, at 22:27:18

hi Bob,

trucker wrote:

And you've responded:
>> I think it's interesting, how believing it's *the* (one and only) right one does sometimes seem to be part of it...

i agree with both you and what Dinah has posted: It is not surprising, but it is interesting ...

(all of my comments are to refer to NO Specific RELIGION(S) and
NO Offense is intended to any Non-Specific RELIGION(S), PLEASE. ... ... please ?)

to make Dinah’s point(s) (forgive me Dinah, for i know not what i do),
... it is not unexpected that the True Believer of the True Religion would tend toward exclusivity and endogamy ... ... compromise being contradictory to the idea of the Absolute for some folks ... ... and to the specific exclusion of all of the “False Believers” in those “False Religions” ... and we may expect that the enforcing of the orthodox doctrine(s) gives rise to the harsher sanctions against heresy ... ... this is certainly the common path for the Devout in their Devotion ...

... for the Fundamentalists of whichever stripe, steeped the One True Faith, it is virtually inescapable that the rest of the world (and all other religions) look(s) like delusion(s) peopled by the deluded ... all of which would seem to pose a peril to the Faithful ...

(mightn’t we expect that the bull-urine-bathers of the Zoroastrianism would exercise similar intolerance(s) ?)

what i believe makes this an interesting phenomena is that there are examples (of world religions) where this common feature does not obtain, but we may believe that nearly every religion would have its fundamentalists who might not endorse such inclusiveness and openness ... ...

( ... i now feel that this contribution has come to its end ... ... for fear that one might transgress, not only on our civility, but on our fellow posters’ religious feelings, and i do not want, nor you need, that ... ... the tenderness of the subject demands (i feel) being even less specific (less pointed) than i might have been headed for here, lest any one be ... offended.)

i will say that i find it easy and comfortable to be accepting of others’ religious beliefs ... ... even when they have difficulty with mine ... ... that said, what i do find difficult, for me, is tolerating / indulging attacks and tirades against any persons of faith for their faith ... and this is all too common in our less-than-civil world of exteriority.

May All Hearts Hope,
~ jim




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