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Thanks for posting this. This supports a point I tried to make years ago with someone I was having a heated discussion with.

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 01:51:51 UTC | #854912

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Mechelle's Avatar Jump to comment 45 by Mechelle

robotaholic....The author based his 'list' on "faith-based" and "not taking accountability for one's actions" or "blaming it on some supernatural being". Because of that, Buddhism should be excluded in his article and shows he knows little, if anything, about Buddhism. Steve Zarra was spot on to call him out on it. Buddhism teaches AGAINST accepting things on faith, as well as holding others accountable for one's own actions.

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:06:37 UTC | #526393

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While I don't agree with death threats of any kind, I believe using the "take a page from abortion clinic" to be poor in analogy. Abortion clinics work with the intent of helping people. Those who suggest "lets have draw Muhammad Day", do so with foul intent. To stir a shit pot and ridicule a group of people for their beliefs and do so with the hopes to belittle them. What do you expect the response to be? Embrace it with open arms? A death threat in response is very extreme, indeed. But someone else needs to accept some accountibility here, as well. You can't go around making fun of other people or their beliefs, and when they fire back, act like a victim.

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 20:46:09 UTC | #526384

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Mechelle's Avatar Jump to comment 42 by Mechelle

nylawyer

There is a difference between "faith" and "blind faith".

Blind faith is that which a person believes in, even without evidence to support it.

Faith, on the other hand, isn't so aloof. For example, if my son has been getting himself up and ready for school for the past school year, then I have faith he will continue to do so for the rest of the school year. Is my faith based on any lack of evidence? No, it's not. I have faith in my son in that regard, because of repetitive action with an outcome that has had continuity.

That's not the case with a god figure. There is no evidence to support the idea of a creator god, therefore the belief in such relies on blind faith. If we conduct our lives on blind faith, then we can convince ourselves to believe in anything, even that the world was created by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:21:00 UTC | #143326

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Mechelle's Avatar Jump to comment 40 by Mechelle

Firstly, One huge difference between Buddhism and Christianity is as follows: Christianity relies on the idea of Christ having been real, as well as divine and accepted as one's savior to "reserve" a place in heaven. Take away Christ, and you have nothing but pre-christian theology. Not so in buddhism. It doesn't matter if Buddha actually existed or not. SOMEONE came up with the idea of the eightfold path and the common sense it maps out. Regardless if that someone is named buddha, Ghandi, George Washington or Harry Potter, it makes no difference. Buddhism centers around the eightfold path, and if you take the Buddha figure out of the picture, it still exists. Also, buddhism doesn't seek converts. Conversion is highly frowned upon in most sects because it would defeat the whole purpose and would certainly go against teachings of what the Buddha figure supposedly taught. I say "supposedly" because I'm not certain the Buddha person really existed or not, and like I said, it doesn't really matter if he did or didn't.


Secondly, Buddhism is not your conventional religion. Perhaps more of a philosophy. What people don't realize is that the East didn't have a separate term for "philosophy". Everything was blanketed under the term "religion". What we in the west view as "philosophy", those in the East would more than likely categorize it as religious theosophy. Maybe not so much now, but when Buddhism came to the west, that was certainly the case. I'm a buddhist, myself. An atheist buddhist and I can tell you that there are many sects of buddhism that reject thoughts or ideas that lack evidence. Buddhism speaks of no creator god, nor gods in a general sense other than those that personify emotions or states of mind for the purpose of teaching.

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:12:00 UTC | #143321

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