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Are communicating their total lack of knowledge of scripture, meditation (whatever its form) and in general, the essence of religion
Why must you believe and follow if you have knowledge of scripture or the essence of religion? that seems to me to be an enormous assumption on your part. If you've read the books and historical arguments and find them faulty might you not come to an entirely different understanding of religion?
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Or do you perhaps have an argument that extends beyond your say-so? Preferably one that doesn't involve lying about what some prominent figure said or did not say. Checking all your quotes gets somewhat tiresome after a while.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
I have no comment regarding your other baseless accusations.
You claimed that calling a religion evil implied ignorance of its scriptures. Or, making the same statement in a slightly different order, reading a religion's scriptures automatically makes you believe that it is not evil. Otherwise, you asserted, one is "close-minded."
Now, there's a couple of different reasons why simply reading a religion's scriptures might not suffice to convince an open-minded person that said religion is not evil. First and simplest, the scriptures might be evil. This is the case for the pseudo-economic doctrines of the so-called "Austrian School," for instance. The more thoroughly an open-minded person reads their scriptures, the more liable he is to become disgusted with them and renounce their creed as evil.
Second, a religion's scriptures are a minor and on the whole uninteresting part of it. They certainly cannot in and of themselves redeem a religion that should be condemned on its actions and practises. Even if Dianetics were the most beautiful literature ever written, it would not change the fact that Scientology is a Ponzi scam with a bad attitude.
The Middle Ages were also known for the breathtaking sophistication of their sculpture, drama, music, visual arts, technology and mathematics.
In reality idiot theocracy held back development by a millennium or so. It wasn't until the Greeks were rediscovered that Western culture started moving again.
True, some of the cathedrals aren't bad, although the architecture is obviously a descendant of imperial Roman building traditions.
It's a shame the people who built them were confused.
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