What an interesting topic. It’s one of those taboo topics that you just don’t speak about, like religion and politics. Though in this realm, those very subjects are the focus of what we talk about. Here is a place, a sanctuary to give our thoughts and hear diverse opinions and feelings. To consider each others words carefully, and shed new light on topics that has been rehashed over and over. Coming together and pooling resources.
The more I study religion and philosophy, and the… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on November 27, 2009 at 8:00am —
One has to wonder what open source religion is in the context of the abortion debate. From my point of view, it seems that it would certainly be accepting of it, as it is all encompassing, and if we all are part of open source, all a part of reality, so then are our thoughts and ideas as well, that we together have come up with this “solution” to the unwanted burden of childbirth, and thus should embrace or at least be tolerant or accepting of such a practice.
Many Christians use the… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on November 23, 2009 at 8:00am —
With the advancement in technology, we’ve been able to connect with people around the world, via our iPhones and Blackberries, via the internet and instant messaging, by sites such as these, and other groups and online connection sites, but technology also brings new ways to do things and new procedures in the medical world. While abortion has been around for ages, new and improved methods of doing so have also been accessed through technology. Technology has brought about an increase in… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on November 18, 2009 at 8:00am —
The abortion debate is a very intense and emotional one. People come up with a variety of reasons as to why it should or shouldn’t be illegal. Some use the bible as evidence, when there is no real passage in the bible against abortion, but use the “thou shalt not kill” marking the unborn fetus as a human life worth protection. Others say that while murder is wrong, an unborn child is not actually a child yet, as it can sustain life outside of the womb, and thus should not create an undue burden… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on November 14, 2009 at 4:04pm —
After reflecting on what I’ve written over these past few blogs and reading the many interesting comments left by the members of the Redefine God community I find myself realizing that no matter how much science, proof, theory or otherwise. You will not be able to convince a person who is a firm in their beliefs. It doesn’t have to be rational or make sense, but if they are completely convinced, then nothing otherwise will tell them so. Whether this means a believer in God refuses to accept… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on November 8, 2009 at 11:59pm —
Religion and world origins is relevant to open source religion because while open source religion is all encompassing, people still want an explanation as to how and why the world came to be. Whether it by God, or science, people will continue to band together to find and explanation for things that are unexplainable. Open Source Religion gives them a medium to do so. Those who believe God created the world and the Universe can come together with those like me with very secular views of the… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on November 7, 2009 at 12:00pm —
With all the advancements we’ve made with technology, in particular the internet and readily available information is at our fingertips with the slightest click of a button. One would think that scientific knowledge would be more easily accepted as truth. However along with more access to scientific knowledge and easier resources in discovery such claims, there are just as many resources available for religious sects determined to see their beliefs as truth. Along with religious beliefs… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on November 5, 2009 at 12:30pm —
The beginning of the world has been debated since as long as people could debate it. Scientific and secular notions of the Big Bang theory against religious views of God or Gods creating the world, or even that God or Gods created what we scientifically refer to as the Big Bang theory and such. Personally I argue against this rationale, because while religion may say that something had to create the big bang theory, and the mass that was before it, what created God then? We can debate on how… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on November 4, 2009 at 2:26pm —
While many different religions, have different reasons for believing women are inferior to men, the inclusion of open source religion, and the all encompassing it entails, gives me a reason to believe that people of all faiths will continue to help women up the equality ladder. While some religions are progressing faster than others, there is no denying that it seems inevitable that all religions at some point will come to the same conclusions, and change their outdated views. It may not be… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on October 26, 2009 at 2:22pm —
Many religions share a common belief that women are inferior to men. In some countries it’s worse than others, and women die for what we consider to be minor indiscretions or even a natural part of our day, such as hanging out with another male unattended, going to school, showing off our legs, working , etc. As I’ve stated in my previous entries, it’s not always 100% equal here either, as some women and men still feel that women are inferior to men, or at least that men are the stronger sex… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on October 26, 2009 at 2:22pm —
We have made huge strides over the last 100 years in regards to women’s rights and place in the world, and yet women continue to struggle against religion to be seen as equal and credible. Many religions even today, still see as women as lesser than men. We have religions that teach that women should be subservient to their husbands and play the role as the dutiful wife. A simple google search brings a multitude of sites dedicated to teaching women to being obedient and serve their husbands,… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on October 18, 2009 at 9:47pm —
Women have been seen as the inferior sex for most of history if not all. The majority of women’s rights have happened as recently as within the last hundred years and throughout much of the world women are still suppressed. Most western religions including Christianity have doctrine that teaches that women should remain subservient to men. That women should not be allowed into church or hold priestly offices, and should remain covered. Even the Christian bible goes so far as to tell stories of… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on October 10, 2009 at 11:38pm —
At what point do we decide that we cannot keep the government out of religion. Who is able to decide this? A parent can choose to not vaccinate their child for religious or personal reasons, but a child dying of cancer will be required to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment, regardless of religious creed. People may say, that it is an easy example to pick apart, if a child has cancer and needs treatment, it’s being done to save that child’s life. What if that child comes down with a… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on September 28, 2009 at 7:00am —
Locked said “faith is not faith without believing” (Stewart 270) in his argument for a secular government. It is such a great quote for me, because it truly holds the spirit of a secular mind trying to co-exist with a person who believes in God, or maybe vice-versa. While it is very easy to want to convert a non believer, and show them the path to God and the kingdom of heaven, it’s easy to forget that without true faith, one cannot possibly truly believe in God, and while it can be said… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on September 27, 2009 at 5:01pm —
How does toleration apply to me?
I briefly touched on my often intolerant views before. It’s interesting that I can view myself as being respectful and tolerant of other people, and at the same time classify myself as being intolerant. A lot of it comes down to ethnocentrism however. Do I think certain religious practices are outdated and inhumane? Most certainly, I will definitely voice my opinion on what I think is the injustice for other people.
I think it’s impossible… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on September 24, 2009 at 7:56am —
What is toleration? Toleration can be defined as;
1. an act or instance of tolerating, esp. of what is not actually approved; forbearance: to show toleration toward the protesters.
2. permission by law or government of the exercise of religions other than an established religion; noninterference in matters of private faith and worship.
How does this apply to us? We as people need to be tolerant of other’s faith and religion. Realizing that not everyone can know everything… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on September 20, 2009 at 7:56pm —