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No, I'm Almost Religious

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Posted by Harvey on April 13, 2001 21:39:14 UTC

Mario,

I'm religious in a personal sense, but I have to admit that I haven't attended a church consistently in a while (almost five years). I enjoy attending church in that I love the hymns and the jubilency associated with being there at certain special moments, but I find myself getting bored by overly sentimental or simplistic messages. I think the modern Church needs overhauling in the sense that the messages must be as sophisticated as anything you might hear coming from Hilary Putnam or Michael Dummett (well-known philosophers). But, then again, I wonder how many people would like to hear that kind of sermon...

I'm not so bothered by 'what occured' from 'what didn't occur' as many of you. I lock into the symbols of my faith and those Christian symbols have a great deal of personal meaning to me. In my view, God is that 'soft voice' and is found in symbols, myths, and uncertainty. I don't think everything beautiful can be rationalized, but often must be appreciated for what it is and what it isn't. I realize this isn't for everyone and I respect that.

Warm regards, Harv

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