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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man. ~ Albert Einstein
How can this cosmic religious experience be communicated from man to man, if it cannot lead to a definite conception of God or to a theology? It seems to me that the most important function of art and of science is to arouse and keep alive this feeling in those who are receptive. ~ Albert Einstein
You don't have a pass to impose your religion on the world, or run it one way or another because it suits your beliefs, or fly planes into buildings. -------------------------------------------------------- So, are you holding all religion culpable for the actions of a handful of fanatics? How is this logically tenable?
Too bad religion has existed since the dawn of history. Seems you'd like to impose a lack of religion on the world.
That is correct. We know what we know, until it changes, which it is required to do. ------------------------------------------------------- Was Einstein wrong when he said that religion without science is mysticism and science without religion is bunk? Can science and religion not peacefully coexist?
Christianity is not based on acts. I only with that it was. Orthodoxy versus Orthopraxy. -------------------------------------------------------- Who cares? Religion is by its nature based on belief in the spiritual. Just let people observe their faith without standing in condemnation. Theists are not stupid by virtue of their belief just as you are not intelligent by virtue of your agnosticism. This makes you a sanctimonious skeptic, nothing more.
Are you asserting that science doesn't claim to know absolute truth or professes to know such?
If you got through Black's cover to cover that would be something. It can hold up a house. ----------------------------------------------------------- Black's Law Dictionary can also induce uncontrollable vomiting, night sweats, and narcolepsy. That book has killed more people than Nyquil, and I'm a practicing attorney.
Now if you want to acknowledge that you are making a leap of faith, that faith is irrational, now I can give you a break. ---------------------------------------------------------- Is it any less a leap of faith to believe in a scientific theory about the beginning of creation, a theory that remains unproven, than in the religious explanation of the same? Both theories begat something from nothing and have yet to be substantiate, yet you'll have us believe that adhering to religion's version is somehow intellectually inferior to science's version despite a lack of proof. Besides, those of faith don't require nor desire a "break", or tacit approval, from you.
BTW, give the titles and the authors of the last 10 books that you have read, and we'll see just where you get your info. -------------------------------------------------------- Green Eggs & Ham, by Dr. Seuss Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, read it five times I Am Legend by Richard Matheson The Amazing Spiderman, 441, by ??? Watchmen, by Alan Moore Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, for the tenth time The Hobbit, to prepare for the movie, probably why I was so bitterly disappointed V for Vendetta by James McTiegue Black's Law Dictionary, not cover to cover though
Atheists are morons, like Theists. They both state as fact what is unknown. ------------------------------------------------------- Ahhhhhh, an agnostic. Why must you direct insults at either side? At least they chose.
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