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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 3:02pm

Joseph, as I almost always agree with your comments, this one requires a comment. You and I and we know Moses is, in fact, fictional, until and unless any evidence shows up to cause us to reevaluate.

The problem exists in those who have constructed Moses in their minds. Those stories, told over hundreds of years, lie deeply in the thinking of some people.

Given that reality, how is one to respond?  

Comment by Joseph P on February 4, 2015 at 2:45pm

The fact that Moses is almost certainly fictional is just a side issue.

Comment by Joseph P on January 31, 2015 at 9:02pm

@Bizu Dana

Precisely. Church is ALL about feeling, trust me!

Strangely, the only feeling I ever had about going to mass was boredom.  I even became an altar boy for 5 or 6 years, just to have something to do during mass.  Perhaps the lack of emotional pull helped keep the childhood brainwashing from taking hold, although there were many other factors.

as very young of age i have desacralised all of this, and purged it from my system (although i cannot remember ever believing) and never could get influenced by the general pop culture feeling of shame and humility that everyone seemed to assume only at the precise fraction of second as they passed through the doors of the church.

Same here.  I have vague memories of when I was 5 or 6 years old, listening to the stories out of the Gospels and wondering why the silly adults expected us to believe that they actually happened, when they were so obviously like the stories in Aesop's Fables and Grimm's Fairy-tales that I got told at home.

I was always a bit dubious, but I had firmly concluded that the bible was a bunch of nonsense, sometime around the age of 11 or 12.

And what is worse, the worse of all. Priest walks among people with an overbearing stance and that stupid condescending look in his face.

 i always thought that a person has power only as long as there are people willing to be subdued by power. Same goes for anything that has power

Most of the Catholic priests I dealt with were pretty decent, really.  I think the more imperious, overbearing attitude comes from those further up in the church hierarchy.

I had a couple who I talked to who said flat-out that there's nothing wrong with things like Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy games, as long as you remember that it's fantasy.  I was pretty surprised by that, given how much crazed fear of demonic influence I had heard from the more extreme, conservative Christians.  I have to wonder how many of the priests I interacted with were the sort that we know about now, who are basically atheists stuck in the clergy.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2015 at 9:43pm

Patricia, I guess praying for more toilet paper doesn't work!

And thanks for the concise flowchart showing how praying to one's deity of choice is exactly as effective as praying to a jug of milk. [Unless taking part in the ritual helps the person go and be open to opportunities, and do things that actually help!] That argument was stated powerfully in

The Best Optical Illusion in the World:

Comment by sk8eycat on January 30, 2015 at 8:03pm

Patricia, thanks for all the laughs! 

Srsly...I need them right now.  Just found out that Colleen McCullough died this week.  I hated most of her books except her "Masters of Rome" series.  THOSE books are amazing!  Damn.  So many of my favorite authors have died in the last 10 -15 years!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 30, 2015 at 8:00pm

The Tap-An-Apple performances are open to the least I think they still are.  I took a tour of Temple Square the first time HOI played the Utah State Fair, and the Tap-An-Apple was part of the tour.  So, if you're ever in SLC and have an hour or two to kill...ask...

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2015 at 5:24pm

Good one Rocky.  

Felaine, I'd like to hear that enormous tapanapple organ, if they had a secular performance.  I love those low notes, like the opening note of "Thus Spake Zarathurstra"

That reminds me.  I used to calibrate the instruments for measuring the performance of jet engines in a large bunker.  When the engines were running, I could feel my chest vibrating dramatically, and wondered how much of that a person could take before damage was done.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 30, 2015 at 12:55pm

There is also the sub-sonic factor in some churches...and the Moron Tap-an-Apple in Salt Lake City.. ENORMOUS organ!  (Did I just make a pun?) 

Musical notes, and other sounds that are too low for our ears to hear, but our bodies feel them.  They can produce all kinds of mostly distressing emotions...such as fear or awe.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2015 at 12:08pm

Thanks, Rocky, that's a keeper!

Joseph, I can see how churches are designed to evoke awe and mystery, with the subdued stained-glass light, and a clear sense of "this is not part of the everyday world."

Fortunately for music lovers, pipe organs -- the original synthesizers, past centuries' high tech -- are also available in some concert halls, and a few preserved or rebuilt movie theaters from the silent film era. You can surround yourself with those amazing vibrations in a completely secular environment! (A few churches also offer concerts without religious services.)

And the guys in drag are probably having more fun than the priests in vestments!

BTW, Dr. Stephen Uhl, former Catholic priest turned atheist and psychologist, wrote that he gets much more satisfaction helping people actually overcome addictions and other problems than he ever did absolving sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He also attributed the sometimes "success" of prayer to the repetitiveness of much religious ritual inducing a sort of self-hypnosis, helping people make changes they didn't consciously think they could do. (Catholics don't say just one Hail Mary, for instance!) His book, in print or audio, has multiple titles, including Imagine No Superstition and No Gods, No Guilt.

Comment by rockytij on January 30, 2015 at 11:23am


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