Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Hello! New here. I was a firm atheist until a few days ago. I had a very serious personal issue, my friend prayed over me, and that's the first time that I can remember that I have felt anything that's made me feel a spiritual connection or presence of any kind. I've been slowly exploring this. Does anybody have any resources for former atheists that want to get their toes wet? I've been enjoying some worship music and prayer. Thanks in advance for any input!❤ Mark Rego Monteiro Congratulations on leaving doctrinal Christianity. I got my bachelor´s in Bio Anthro after leaving atheism with a combo of UU principles and a non-objectifying form of theism based on scholar Huston Smith´s definition of the Chinese Tao. As an oncologist, you´ll appreciate that my dad died of his weakened system after radiation treatment for his cancer, along with a heart attack. My dad was interested in Psychology, but had let himself get addicted to work at least, and neglected his other physical and psychological, and spiritual, needs. I started my work life in Social Services, but diversified while maintaining my Bio Anthro and psychosocial foundations. As such, I might just point out that prayer is more than a placebo, as is meditation. The classic 1950s case of Mr. Wright and Dr. West provides a powerful kind of baseline. However, there are different approaches to prayer, with the Catholic appeals to saints and self-flagellating arguably being least associated with healing. Christian Science, however, was founded by a woman who founded a church that has a huge body of testimony literature that is illuminating. It also spawned offshoots from which emerged such lights as Louise Hay who healed her cancer through bodywork psychotherapy and holistics oriented to divine guidance and "the Infinity of Life where I am." Then, there are other testimonies and their contexts that include visions and details, and even the angles of hospital reports, that reveal contexts more extensive than reductionism. In fact, the phenomena of "emergent properties" contributes a significant angle. As for "helping hands," they aren´t mutually exclusive with "praying hands," just an angle of your apparent experience with "praying hands." As for a super entity allowing sick children to suffer, what kind of medical system has allowed the insights of Psychosomatics and Spiritual healing to be excluded and even derided? OC Simonton MD, for one, set up a cancer clinic, wrote about some miracle cases and other moderate improvements, and the psychodynamic challenges, and then a second book including spiritual components and a similar spectrum. Still, given people´s flaws, why blame God for a divided medical system of imperfect people?
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Patric Hof @Je Rei So you’re suggesting that Christ isn’t experienced outside of what is written in the Bible?
Monday, May 18, 2020
Mark Rego Montei Zafar Shar You refer to atheist, Deist, and Chinese influences as the basis of the Renaissance and Enlightenment. You are not alone in making the first two assertions, while the third goes further than more common notions. Atheists normally promote the first two views based on their untenable and ideological stereotyping assumptions that go basically, "Some Christianity has been repressive, therefore no advances can be Christian." In fact, both the Renaissance and Enlightenment involved Christians developing art and ideas, respectively. As human beings experiencing the benefits of Christian historical and social developments, like monastic schools and Universities, Luther´s Reformation freed Christian thinkers for the Enlightenment. Christians like DesCartes and Galileo didn´t emphasize the roles of God and Jesus as they did science, so it became mechanistic and split off. Pascal made a protest at the time, as did John Locke. "Atheism" is basically a derivative position that simply denies its dependence on the efforts of theists, as was the case with Hobbes and Hume, I think. Atheism can´t actually sustain the networks that are its base. Deism is just rationalist theism, and a Christian position dissenting from hypocritical authority, as with Thomas Jefferson. Any Chinese knowledge would have had limited impact for a non-Chinese culture, while Christian monastic-University-based culture used primarily ancient Greek philosophy unleashed by Christian culture and faith in an omnipotent God thru Jesus to organize intellectual insights, and include Muslim scholarship, and so on. "God wants to be worshiped in Spirit and Truth," along with God´s commandments through Jesus to "Love thy neighbor as thyself, etc.."
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Supernatural and fantasy thinking about religion. Is it good or evil? We can scientifically explain the supernatural itch that some allow to control their thinking. In children, this might be a good way of expanding their minds, but adults are asked to put away the things of children, which, to me, includes supernatural and fantasy thinking. I use these to show substance dualism. I see this as a useful trait for us in nature but not for our spiritual and religious sides.... by Grea
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Ja Morg Does anyone really believe in demons and dark Angels? I don't.