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Maybe religion truly is just an immutable part of human nature and anti-theism is kind of a fools errand that just causes a Streisand effect. Maybe it's better just to have a live and let live attitude and only call out parts of religion that are actually toxic and authoritarian.

After a lot of recent introspection, I think my hatred and anger that I aimed at religion (not that certain parts don't warrant it) was misdirected and is a result of things much deeper and more personal. I just chose religion because it felt like an easy target because I wanted to believe that I was over the past. But I wasn't.

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Maybe religion truly is just an immutable part of human nature and anti-theism is kind of a fools errand that just causes a Streisand effect. Maybe it's better just to have a live and let live attitude and only call out parts of religion that are actually toxic and authoritarian.


Christianity, in particular, is actually malleable to this, which is why the church was so supportive of science throughout history. The irony is, we're taught that it wasn't, but the cases we're told about are often much, much more interesting when the proper context is applied.

Though, the bigger picture is that leading scientific theories are starting to look like religious ideas. This will become more apparent in the coming years.


After a lot of recent introspection, I think my hatred and anger that I aimed at religion (not that certain parts don't warrant it) was misdirected and is a result of things much deeper and more personal. I just chose religion because it felt like an easy target because I wanted to believe that I was over the past. But I wasn't.


This is why i tell people that if they get angry from some sort of "trigger word" or something like that, there's an underlying issue that needs therapy. I'm glad you are have started down the path at finding the real cause, and hopefully you can come to terms with the real root cause, so you can get on with your life.

Posted October 17th by Kohlrak
Kohlrak

Toxic Christians definitely played a role.

Being on the landover baptist forums was pretty humiliating and traumatizing, too. Basically, a bunch of toxic atheists pretending to be toxic Christians. Still hate that website. It's not funny. It's just obnoxious and mean spirited.

Posted October 17th by Cupola
Cupola
 

The hardest lesson we have to deal with is that some people are toxic or not, regardless of what they believe (religion, ideology, etc). Some out of ignorance, some out of trauma, and some out of just plain unadulterated malice. We just like to blame religion for this, which is especially common since we have the highest concentration of christians: it's easier to blame the religion for your family's problems (especially when religion is often used as an excuse), rather than facing your family itself.

Posted October 17th by Kohlrak
Kohlrak

Your introspection, Copula, is respected and thanked. There are extremists on both sides of the spectrum. I've learned to make my personal decisions on faith to be independent of how people used or abused it. I've also learned that there going to be irrational, strange, and/or weird aspects of the faith (look at politics!) -- as we already see in life outside of religion. Let you make the decisions for how you run your life according to your conscience. I think that's what freedom is about. Good luck to you.

Posted November 3rd by The Fly
The Fly

It's OK to believe that SOME religions are authoritarian. Some are. But it's not OK to run around telling everybody that they ALL are.

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