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  •  It's heresy because (1+ / 0-)
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    paradise50

    Religion (well, some of them) has decided that it alone has the authority to explain origin of the universe. That's their job.

    Note to Boehner and McConnell: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." --Bob Dylan-- (-7.25, -6.21)

    by Tim DeLaney on Sat May 18, 2013 at 09:53:59 PM PDT

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    •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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      AaronInSanDiego, paradise50

      As far as I remember that first command of the ten in the christian bible (I admit I never read it thoroughly) is something like I would translate it from the German version I remember to be (roughly)  "Du sollst Dir kein Bildnis machen von Deinem Herrn und Gott" , which means roughly in my own translation "You shall not make for yourself an image of God". Well, if I am not to do that, how could that same religion insist only their vision of God (which you are not allowed to have at the same time) is authorized to explain the origin of the Universe. It's BS.

      •  There are different interpretations (4+ / 0-)
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        Tim DeLaney, mimi, blueoasis, paradise50

        of that commandment. Most translations I've seen say "graven image" or "carved image", meaning an idol or physical representation. Others say you shouldn't form an image in your mind. Still others say you shouldn't even have a concept of what God is. I don't understand how one can worship something that you are forbidden from attempting to conceive of, but that's one reason I'm not religious.

        Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

        by AaronInSanDiego on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:30:55 PM PDT

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      •  I'd love to reply, but (1+ / 0-)
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        paradise50

        I am unable to parse your comment. I am certain that one of us totally misunderstands the other.

        I called it heresy because religions routinely assume that they are in charge of explaining how the universe came to be.

        Note to Boehner and McConnell: "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." --Bob Dylan-- (-7.25, -6.21)

        by Tim DeLaney on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:35:05 PM PDT

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        •  oh, it's me who misunderstands, (3+ / 0-)
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          I am too unreligious to take the religion's assumption that they are "in charge" to explain how the universe came to be, to be anything more that a narrative people can cling to. I guess that makes me a heretic. I don't mean to be disrespectful. Do people take their religion's narrative about how the universe came into being literally? I can't do that. But I respect those who decide to do so, as long as they don't force others to do the same.

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