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religious views of.other religions.

Discussion in 'Ethics & Morality' started by Mling, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Mling

    Mling Knight of the Woeful Countenance (in training)

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    And to complete the trifecta--religious people, how do you normally view people who.belong to different religions?
     
  2. Girder of Loins

    Girder of Loins Future Math Teacher

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    I love them as anyone else. I don't care what you believe when it comes to my love. However, that doesn't mean I uphold or feel the same for their beliefs. As a Christian, I am called to fight against ideas, not people. "Love you neighbor as yourself" as Jesus said. I would put my life on the line for a Buddhist, Muslim, homosexual, atheist, or some other lifestyle/worldview follower. However, I would not put my life on the line for their beliefs.
     
  3. seashale76

    seashale76 Orthodox Christian and Unapologetic Iconodule

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    Shrugs. People are people. Sometimes we have interesting discussions. I appreciate that they have faith- even if I personally disagree with it. I do make a distinction between true believers and cultural adherents (even in my own religion) in my mind- not that it really matters how I interact with them. The latter are legion.
     
  4. Daniel25

    Daniel25 Well-Known Member

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    I respect the piety of muslims and am amused by the chauvinism of Jews. Of eastern religions, Sikhism is my favorite. Native buddhists are fine, but converts tend to be insufferable navel-gazers. Unitarianism is atheism for people who like fairy tales. Neopaganism is 19th century nonsense.
     
  5. Notedstrangeperson

    Notedstrangeperson Well-Known Member

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    It varies widely. Different religions have different view on what's right and wrong - and though I may disagree with their religious ideals, most of them are perfectly pleasant people.

    This may sound odd, but it also depends on the what country they're from too. For example, most Islamic extremists who threaten America and Europe are of Arab origin. But only around 20% of Muslims are actually from the Middle East and North Africa. The rest of them (mostly from India, which has half a billion Muslims) have little interest in attacking us.

    Religious and nationalist ideals often get mixed up.
     
  6. someguy14

    someguy14 Guest

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    There must be a gathering before there is a falling away. May God guard His chosen and keep them protected from harmful curiosity and vain enquires.
     
  7. Dontonberry

    Dontonberry Newbie

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    This question has always boggled me. The general conncensus seems to be that having the wrong faith is better than having no faith all. I often tell people who insist that I believe their faith, to get together with everybody else that has a different faith, come to an agreement on which faith is correct, and once you have everybody in agreement ask me again.
     
  8. AlexBP

    AlexBP Newbie

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    I treat any person with any religious viewpoint as a member of the human race and an individual. As a member of the human race, they should all be treated with love. As an individual, there beliefs should be taken serious, including their religious beliefs. In other words, I do not believe that the differences between religions can be made meaningless if we all paste "Coexist" stickers on our bumpers and make other such empty statements of universalism. Different religions have different viewpoints which play out in different results for individuals and societies. My viewpoint is best summarized by this quote from G. K. Chesterton:

    Our real error in such a case is that we do not know or care about the creed itself, from which a people’s customs, good or bad, will necessarily flow. We talk much about “respecting” this or that person’s religion; but the way to respect a religion is to treat it as a religion: to ask what are its tenets and what are their consequences. But modern tolerance is deafer than intolerance. The old religious authorities, at least, defined a heresy before they condemned it, and read a book before they burned it. But we are always saying to a Mormon or a Moslem–”Never mind about your religion, come to my arms.” To which he naturally replies–”But I do mind about my religion, and I advise you to mind your eye.”

    - from this essay.
     
  9. Kalevalatar

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    In this increasingly materialistic and economically driven culture, people of faith are on the same side: on the side where everything is not measured in buying and selling and market value, for humanity, human dignity and the sanctity of life and that which is essential, unique and holy in life.
     
  10. kvnchrist

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    I believe that religion builds structure in society. This structure effects those whop believe and those that don't, be of the social norms that are formed. To go beyond these social norms is what implicates people as extremists.
     
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