Originally Posted by orangenblue2
I agree wholeheartedly. The difference between me (and presumably you) and the majority of others is that I see these "legends, myths, and beliefs" for what they are. Certainly nothing more, but also nothing less. All religion is superstition. Plain and simple. I don't care if you are christian, muslim, jewish, buddhist, etc.. I don't care if you are an adherent of one of the THOUSANDS of offshoot sects of these religions. If you place your worldly life and the circumstances surrounding said life in the hands (bosom, control, whatever) of some otherworldly deity(ies), you believe in superstition. I'm not trying to offend anyone by that statement. It is the plain truth. Religion is great for philisophical discussions if you are so inclined, however it does not deserve a place in any rational, logical talk about reality. As long as people treat it that way, I have no problem...
to you all...
Did you know that Newton (the father of modern physics) was a Christian? That Einstein was Jewish? That arguably the best modern logician of the 20th century was a Christian (C.S. Lewis)? JRR Tolkien was a Christian apoplogist. Soren Kiregegaard was a Christian. Gregor Mendel - the father or Mendelian genetics and discoverer of inheritance theory - was a Christian. Charles Darwin was a Christian and died lamenting how people had used his theory. Most of the classical poets were Christian...and so on.
Religious people can be the most intelligent people of their time. A sweeping dismissal of their contributions to the marketplace of thoughts would leave you without most of modern science and modern philosophy.