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Started by Michael Reilly, March 25, 2012, 08:24:38 PM
Quote from: Michael Reilly on March 06, 2018, 12:06:52 PMMy family really did benefit from the community aspect of belonging to a church. I wish that atheists, or humanists, or secular people, had something similar. We are social beings, and we benefit mightily from community. I do miss that aspect of church, very much.
Quote from: xSilverPhinx on March 06, 2018, 02:09:11 PMHello again, Michael! I think I might have heard a 'click' down here in Brazil, but it sounded a little more like: Was that you? ...
Quote from: Recusant on April 03, 2020, 04:03:13 AMHey, good to see you here! I don't think your desultory approach to visiting here is weird, but I admit my parameters for the line between "normal" and "weird" are lax at best. Glad to hear you're doing well. Keep it up.
Quote from: Michael Reilly on April 03, 2020, 02:38:32 AMHi! Two years later, and eight years after the first time I posted in this thread, your boy is back! I hope everyone is well. The last time my shadow darkened a church door was three and a half years ago. Done with it! Took a long-ass time. I have been thinking a lot about faith, and belief, and science during these frightening times--I am referring to the global pandemic of Covid-19, of course--and reflecting on how it is science that will save us, not faith, not belief, and not God. In the past few years, I have become enamored of secular Buddhism (the philosophy and practices; not the reincarnation stuff) so that's been extremely helpful. There really are some answers out there to life's big questions...and none of them require magic.Just to follow up a bit, I told my daughters--now aged 14 and 12--that I am an atheist. They concurred whole-heartedly. The thing I was worried about eight years ago--that I was screwing them up by taking them to church--turns out not to have been a thing. Phew! I have made it my mission to teach them about science, and to think like scientists. So far, so good! We all have fond memories of when they were younger and went to a very gentle, nurturing Catholic school, but the hocus-pocus did no harm, so that's a relief. Being a parent doesn't come with a guide book. You really do have to do the best you can. So far, so good! They are wonderful. In any event...wash your hands! Be kind. And thanks for listening.(Is it weird that I keep popping in and out? I hope not.)
Quote from: Bluenose on April 03, 2020, 07:30:52 AMHey, I've seen what's most popular on TV. I want no part in normal if that's any guide to what normal people like!
QuoteFYI, I was brought up as a catholic, went to catholic primary schools (4 of them in two countries) and a catholic boys secondary college. 100% of my family that have gone to this school have come out of it atheist. LOL. So it is entirely possible to survive the catholic education system with your logic and reason intact!