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Old 12-08-2007, 10:17 AM   #181
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I still think Melon inadvertently summed it up best when he called people of faith "reactionary zealots." No wonder people are frustrated.


i'm honestly suprised at how someone as smart as you loses all grasp of nuance when it comes to the discussion of religion.

we're talking about political language here. if you read Melon's post, he said that he himself is a person of faith, but do you think Romney is speaking to Melon at all when he talks about "people of faith" in this speech? do you think Romney is talking to, say, Bono? yolland?

no. Romney is talking to a clearly defined, politically undrestood, focused-grouped, polled, and directly-marketed-to group of people, usually refered to as White Evangelical Protestants.
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Hmmm.... does radical Islam, and I'm talking the folks that call for the destruction of all non-islamic government's in the world pose a bigger threat to Germany than Scientology? Probably so. I doubt Germany would ever take action like this toward fundamentalist islam. Why? Cause Osama would call for Jihad that would burn the country down, one suicide bomber at a time.

Bullshit.


and what on earth does this have to do with Romney's bemoaning "empty cathedrals" in europe?

would, say, Muscular Christianity be able to stand up to the Muslim masses?
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Old 12-08-2007, 10:58 AM   #183
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the rise of radical Islam in Europe has nothing to do with the status of Christianity on the Continent and everything to do with the inability of European nations to effectively assimilate their Muslim immigrants.
Agreed.
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I find the "empty cathedrals" line a great metaphor for what's occurring all around us in Western civilization. Forget Muslims assimilating for a moment, how many native Westerners feel like aliens in their own culture because they are ignorant of (not taught) the literature, history, morality and philosophies that make us who we are -- and the role that Christianity had in shaping them.
The very values of the West are based on Christianity, what happens to those values when that foundation is allowed to crumble and the cathedrals become empty?

Perhaps Muslim immigrants find it hard to assimilate because there is no one around to explain to them why they should.
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I don't understand this question. Likewise, where do you stand when one's "non-faith" infringes upon another's rights.

In other words, "what's faith got to do with it?"
You serious?

Show me an example and we'll talk.
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I find the "empty cathedrals" line a great metaphor for what's occurring all around us in Western civilization. Forget Muslims assimilating for a moment, how many native Westerners feel like aliens in their own culture because they are ignorant of (not taught) the literature, history, morality and philosophies that make us who we are -- and the role that Christianity had in shaping them.
The very values of the West are based on Christianity, what happens to those values when that foundation is allowed to crumble and the cathedrals become empty?

Perhaps Muslim immigrants find it hard to assimilate because there is no one around to explain to them why they should.
It's not as if we abandoned the values that came with Christianity.
Sure, the core of the Enlightenment movement was the Christian belief, we just got rid of the bastardisation the Catholic church made it to be.

Today we have a very liberal Christianity in most parts (and still other parts of Europe remain very conservative) and an increasing part leaves the churches for various reasons (many still believe, but prefer to be free of the instiutionalised religion), but it doesn't mean there is any vacuum or that we are in any other state of "lacking something". We still have certain values that are grounded in the Christian teachings, and we still expect, and try to teach, immigrants to respect our values.
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The very values of the West are based on Christianity, what happens to those values when that foundation is allowed to crumble and the cathedrals become empty?

Perhaps Muslim immigrants find it hard to assimilate because there is no one around to explain to them why they should.
Poor argument given how well Muslims are integrated in Canada, which is far less religious or Christian than the US.

Europe does not have a history of immigration the way North America does. It is far more protectionist. My grandfather is German (by virtue of which my Mom and her sister also have citizenship). My parents briefly considered emigrating to Germany, but we would all essentially have to change our names back to her maiden name in order to "disguise" ourselves simply because Germans were not particularly accepting of outsiders. I don't mean to the last one, but as a nation, they are simply not as open to immigrants the way Canada or the USA are. And I don't know what element of racism there may exist against non-white immigrants, but I have a lot of family in Germany (and Austria) who are white and Christian immigrants and frankly they never really felt like they 100% belonged nor did any of them ever say they are German. As opposed to all of us in Canada who will say we are Canadian of ___ ethnicity.

So to me, this has little, if anything to do with a lack of attendance in churches or a rise in secularism and all to do with European intolerance to immigration as compared to North American tolerance.
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I find the "empty cathedrals" line a great metaphor for what's occurring all around us in Western civilization. Forget Muslims assimilating for a moment, how many native Westerners feel like aliens in their own culture because they are ignorant of (not taught) the literature, history, morality and philosophies that make us who we are -- and the role that Christianity had in shaping them.
The very values of the West are based on Christianity, what happens to those values when that foundation is allowed to crumble and the cathedrals become empty?

Perhaps Muslim immigrants find it hard to assimilate because there is no one around to explain to them why they should.


i'm sorry, but i think this is preposterous. while some places in the US remain quite religiously conservative, is it any wonder why anyone who's different flees these places as soon as they possibly can for the bigger, more liberal metropolis? people feel like aliens inside a strict, confining culture that refuses to let them be who they are, and a culture that often punishes those that stray too far from the fold. these are the values of conservative Christianity as well. people feel like aliens when they are told that they don't fit, that they aren't good enough, that they aren't pious enough, that they have fallen short of the arbitrary standards set by sealed off communities. they do not feel like aliens when they live in a culture that provides a vast array of means and methods by which to self-create.

and, most importantly, people do not feel like aliens inside a SECULAR culture that views all religions as equally unimportant, and thus people are left alone to self-create, self-define, and, to quote someone else, to "live, work, and pray" as they best see fit, not as said communities might see fit.

also, the "values" of the West of course have Christian roots, but i'd argue that contemporary life is far, far more based on The Enlightenment and 19th century Continental philosophy than anything in the Bible. in fact, if you want a true Biblical culture, go back to the Middle Ages in Europe. for it was only when Europe broke from these traditional values with the Englightenment that centuries of religious warfare began to subside.

John Locke has more to do with how we live than Jesus Christ.
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So to me, this has little, if anything to do with a lack of attendance in churches or a rise in secularism and all to do with European intolerance to immigration as compared to North American tolerance.


but it gave Romney a moment to Euro-bash.

it's really not much different than slipping "under God" into the pledge like they did in the 1950s FOR NO OTHER REASON than to distinguish our culture from the "godless" communists. nothing, but NOTHING, to do with our "Christian" founding fathers or whatever.

again, i encourage everyone to go and read the Hitchens article i posted further. you might not agree, but it's about the most entertaining evisceration of a candidate i've read in a long time.
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The very values of the West are based on Christianity, what happens to those values when that foundation is allowed to crumble and the cathedrals become empty?
That strikes me as a rather narrow, self-serving view of what created "Western Civilization." No discussion of this subject is complete without a thorough discussion of the ancient Greek and Roman contributors, who created the foundation, Latin-speaking Christian philosophers who maintained such knowledge for a few hundred years after the Empire fell until they, too, disappeared, the Islamic philosophers who maintained the best of the West and the East, the later Christian philosophers that took this knowledge from the Spanish Moors (via the Spanish Jews who translated it), then finally secular European philosophers who kept up this knowledge long after the great medieval philosophers like Aquinas had died and Christianity completely lost interest in these subjects (coinciding, interestingly, in Islam's decline in such interests too).

The "very values of the West" are based on the contributions of all these groups, and to exaggerate the importance of Christianity is intellectually dishonest.
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i'm sorry, but i think this is preposterous. while some places in the US remain quite religiously conservative, is it any wonder why anyone who's different flees these places as soon as they possibly can for the bigger, more liberal metropolis? people feel like aliens inside a strict, confining culture that refuses to let them be who they are, and a culture that often punishes those that stray too far from the fold. these are the values of conservative Christianity as well. people feel like aliens when they are told that they don't fit, that they aren't good enough, that they aren't pious enough, that they have fallen short of the arbitrary standards set by sealed off communities. they do not feel like aliens when they live in a culture that provides a vast array of means and methods by which to self-create.

and, most importantly, people do not feel like aliens inside a SECULAR culture that views all religions as equally unimportant, and thus people are left alone to self-create, self-define, and, to quote someone else, to "live, work, and pray" as they best see fit, not as said communities might see fit.
Exactly.

I'm a relatively liberal minded person growing up in a very conservative household. I don't discuss religion or politics with my family. It just doesn't happen. The few times I've tried, I can tell that I have completely different views than my family. I'm very alienated in that sense, so faith and politics, two major issues, never come up. Ever. We're all Catholics and we go to Church, but we don't talk about faith. And the only conversation I ever had about politics with my mother just showed me that we don't share the same values.

I don't feel resent towards them for it, but I do feel a bit alienated from having intellectual discussion with them on issues, knowing their values contrast so much with mine, that ultimately I'm going to be lectured about how the reason I don't understand their views is that I haven't experienced enough of the world to see the conservative side.

Quite frankly, I feel the same way talking to conservatives on here: that I'm just stubborn and angry and I ignore their side. It's not true. They think I'm some kind of secular wiseass (well, the wiseass part might be true ) who has no respect for religion. It's not true. I know where they come from. I just don't agree with it. Conservatives in general are very alienating, to me, because they're so set in their beliefs that any other beliefs are just ridiculous. Maybe that's why I've become more liberal: I see too much of the argument from both sides to be conservative.
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Ditto phillyfan's post, although my immediate family all shares pretty similar views when it comes to religion. I haven't been near a church in years, because I didn't feel comfortable reciting the exact same words along with everyone else, I didn't like being told to pray at the same time everyone else did, and in this way, and stuff like that. And then, even though our church was Lutheran, they for some reason started incorporating Catholic practices into the church. Nothing wrong with the Catholic faith, but...my family's not Catholic, so that was a bit of a problem, too.

And then when I hear about all the other sorts of shunning that Irvine alluded to, I'm even less interested in going to church. I've absolutely no doubt that there are churches out there that are not so restrictive and stingy and clique-ish, and should I find one of them, I'd be happy to step in and see what's up. Until then, so long as some churches out there feel this need to try and make everyone conform to their lifestyle, their beliefs, etc., there's going to be problems. There are many, many reasons why churches aren't filling up nowadays, to blame it on one thing (and to target another religion in the process) makes no sense.

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I really don't see why so many people are upset about politicians talking about their faith. If U2's faith, often expressed in the songs you so devotedly listen to does not bother you, why would this? Are people upset that the Edge claims a spiritual force works through them to help create their music, as he says on the Unforgettable Fire documentary? The mentioning of faith and spiritual things does not necessarily mean that the individual does not respect those with different views.
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Did you honestly just compare politicians trying to put faith into policy to U2 putting faith in their songs? Really?
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Did you honestly just compare politicians trying to put faith into policy to U2 putting faith in their songs? Really?
If you are entertained by the one, it seems strange that you would be so hostile to the other. Honestly, get over it. The vast majority of politicians have mixed religion and politics in various ways since the United States became a country.
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