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  •  Religion in general? (1+ / 0-)
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    How does "eternal torment" refer to religion in general??

    Do you think all religions have hell?

    No!  In fact, I'm not sure I'm aware of any outside Christianity that do.

    I don't actually think that the virgin birth and the crucifixion count as purging the religion of superstition or blood.  Or making God a man rather than an invisible abstract power.

    •  It refers to religion in general in the US. (0+ / 0-)

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 08:05:19 PM PST

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      •  Of course there are other versions of Hell (0+ / 0-)

        in many religions, ranging from deadly dullness to raging torment. Odysseus/Ulysses visits the dead Greek heroes from the Trojan War in the Odyssey. The Mayan Popul Vuh is quite detailed about Xibalba. Buddhism and Hinduism have a wonderful selection of Hells, although we don't hold with the barbaric eternal torment nonsense. There are, as it happens, even Christians who believe that Hell will be emptied out some time in the distant future, and the Devil himself will repent and return to Heaven.

        America—We built that!

        by Mokurai on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:01:15 PM PST

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