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Go to: Effect of the concept of hell on children

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Puff of Logic,

Congratulations on your "awakening"!

As for your comment, "I am struck with intense fear of hell and how my skepticism and freethinking will put me there." You probably wouldn't have had that reaction had it not been for endoctrination.

Don't be afraid of questioning or learning...Your journey in life will be that much more enriched!

Best to you - Looks to me as if you're on the right path. :)

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:06:05 UTC | #949926

Go to: Catholic School?

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Hi. I am the product of religious schools - from grade school to an all girls Catholic high school, it's all I knew.

As I look back, I can tell you that I very few, if any, good memories of my school enviroment. It was filled with nothing other than fear, endoctrination, and submission.

That said, I ran in to my former high school vice principal several years ago. (She has since retired.) After chatting a while, I asked her what she thought of the high school. She was very honest, and went on to say the following, "The only kids that need Catholic schools are troubled students...The ones with disciplinary problems. It is not true that Catholic schools provide a better education, there are plenty of great public schools." Being that I was not troubled student, I asked her, "Why didn't you tell my parents that when I went to school there?" Her answer still haunts me. She looked at me as if she couldn't believe the innocence of my question. Her answer..."We (the Catholic diocese) needed the money, dear. That's why."

If I could advise you in way, I would tell you to NOT even think about sending your children to a Catholic institution. The damage has been done to me and others...Your children don't have to suffer the way that I did, and you don't have to support the degenerates.

Tue, 08 May 2012 00:20:57 UTC | #940459

Go to: Religion in modern Greece

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Hi Marmarstm.

I just read your last comment - Whatever you do, continue questioning. You're lucky/fortunate to be living during a time where so much information is at your fingertips (ie, the internet).

I had a professor while I was at University (coincidentally, he was Greek.) Anyway, he would always begin and end the class with the phrase, "Debunk everything". Although I was still very religious/spiritual, I never forgot those words. My regret is that I did not begin debunking religion until a few years ago...Better late than never, I suppose.

There is a famous quote in the Freethinking community, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". Don't be afraid to challenge others - Even if it is the Church. I can assure you, the answers they give will not satisfy your curiousity. In fact, I'd be surprised if you didn't find their responses more of a weapon for you to doubt. :)

Until next time, continue "indulging your curiousity". It really is a wonderful life - Go live it! Best, Thea Popi :)

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:27:37 UTC | #916985

Go to: Religion in modern Greece

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Hi Marmarstm.

Congratulations on your "skepticism"! Although I did not mention this to you in my earlier comment, I was extremely religious & spiritual...And then came along the God Delusion. After reading that book, I have NEVER looked back! It was as if the "chains of endoctrination" were removed. I am no longer a slave to nonsense, but rather a curious woman who enjoys life & nature. (One of the greatest honors in life was meeting Dr. Dawkins & telling him how much he changed my life...For the better, might I add.)

You might be interested in looking at a site which is run by a person in Greece: http://toomanytribbles.blogspot.com/ (I believe she is in Athens & the site may provide more access to freethinking sites in Greece.)

That said, don't doubt your curiousity. Continue learning, experiencing & questioning. Life is AMAZING & SPECTACULAR...It's ours to live. Believe in humanity, facts, science, education and just as importantly, believe in yourself. I promise you, you'll never regret it.

I hope you do well on your exams. Until next time, "na se' kala". Thea Popi :)

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:03:18 UTC | #916009

Go to: Religion in modern Greece

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Hi. Although I was raised Greek Orthodox (in California), I have dismissed its teachings. I have found that many Greeks living in the States still "cling" to the church & religion due to culture and community. I have "come out" to my family, which still has its own ramifications. That said, I have wondered what the philosophers would have thought of Greece & Greek society today. Truthfully, I think they would be greatly disappointed.
I have Greek Orthodox priests in my family (still living in Greece). It's amazing to me that the government pays for these individuals to endoctrinate & supress knowledge. Also, I've been told by students that religion is a manditory class for all pupils. It's disgraceful, in my opinion. I know there are Greek atheist communities in Greece. Do a google search & you'll be connected to them in no time. Good luck in your journey...You're on the right path!

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 02:37:12 UTC | #915487

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