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Go to: Banishing the Green-Eyed Monster

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i agree with beth that sexual jealously, especially male sexual jealousy, is the cause of a good deal of violence.

and i know that it is incredibly irrational to want someone all for ourselves. i just don't see how these feelings can be rationalized away. the more i consider the question, the more i feel like a hypocrite for praising reason while harboring sentiments that are anything but reasonable.

in my experience, there is a moment in an intimate relationship in which my mind has ceased to "romp..like the mind of God", and there is what seems to be an irresitable urge to curb the promiscuous tendencies of her mind as well. of course, i would never use violence, or the threat of violence to do so.

and i treasure this moment, and i wouldn't trade it for the world. and on this point, to hell with rationality.

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 13:11:00 UTC | #87622

Go to: Christianity's Image Problem

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Only 44% of believers found Christianity confusing?

I have to give them some credit, because their cognitive faculties are much more deft than mine.

Sat, 06 Oct 2007 04:55:00 UTC | #72905

Go to: Do you have to read up on leprechology before disbelieving in them?

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Bonzai-

I don't think there is a strong case for a "direct link" between violence and supernatural beliefs in general. I think a conversion to Jainism or Quakerism would tend to make one less violent.

Religion does tend to exacerbate conflicts, and sometimes is a direct cause of them. It does not follow that supernatural beliefs in general are malignant.

My point was that in a time when fundamentalists have the means and education to develop devastating weaponry, violent theologies are especially pernicious, even when the believers are small in number.

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 09:40:00 UTC | #67471

Go to: Do you have to read up on leprechology before disbelieving in them?

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Yes, the point is not that all religous people are dangerous zealots, but that those that are dangerous zealots are a loud and lethal sort. It matters not that these people are a majority(though they certainly seem to be).

If even one person believes that his duty to God is to kill innocent non-believers, is that not one too many? If that one person, say had a Phd. and a unhealthy knowledge of commustible substances, would such a belief not warrant virulent widespread censure and reproach?

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 08:29:00 UTC | #67445

Go to: Enough religion. Stop shoving it down my throat

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"nobody, ever, has the right not to be offended."

I have not heard this particular sentiment put better.
However, I see this recent bout of squawking and squirming by religious folks to be a pathetic, though understandable and perhaps even romantic- were it not presented by such dreadful big-mouths as Bill Donohue-attempt to salvage some deference and decorum for a dying worldview that deserves neither.

Sat, 15 Sep 2007 10:15:00 UTC | #66929

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