I normally do not post a comment in reference to a post on another forum but since Jesus condemned Fargo, counterbalance.org has sort of been taken over by the religionists.
From the dumbth post on counterbalance.org: "you wouldn't all be so motivated to stress your perspective if you didn't have some deep, underlying doubts about those very views"
>>>I won't deny this as a possibility (speaking for myself), but I'm more of the opinion that I debate sci-rel issues because I think I'm getting somewhere by doing it. For example, since I started debating these issues I feel that I've made real progress in understanding the general issues that are involved in making good decisions on this topic. My lenience to doctrines and dogma have become substantially reduced, but on the other hand my lenience to mystery and spirituality have greatly increased. Up to this point, I feel I've become a far more complete spiritual individual.>In my opinion, the 'wise' are made foolish by the confidence they place on their intelligence.>The reasons to believe in God are very obvious to those who just look at the universe without over analyzing the way things are.> In short, there are spiritual lessons in allowing one to be overwhelmed by these natural tendencies to our reasoning. To try and shortcircuit those tendencies is not only intellectual vanity but it spiritually cuts one off from their Creator. > the person of higher intelligence is sort of at a disadvantage when it comes to spiritual growth [because he questions and doubts?], but there is also an advantage to be able to understand so much more of the Creation. >Being smart, I think, is both a blessing and a cursing.