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05 Jun 2012 12:09 #62746 by Alexandre Orion
Not to say that we should do without science -- it is just another human endeavour. That's all...

Chaque homme a des devoirs envers l'homme en tant qu'homme.
~ Henri Bergson

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05 Jun 2012 16:04 #62782 by Phortis Nespin
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Belief does not require a physical presents. Unicorns and Santa clause do exist as fantasy creatures. Does God exist? Does the Force exist? It is not in the physical presents that all things exist.

As for Atheism vs non-theism, thank you for the lesson.

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05 Jun 2012 16:10 #62783 by Alego Soule
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The Jedi are all but religious. Jediism is a philosophy not a religion. Faith based belief is stupidity, Experience based Faith is Wisdom. The Jedi don't follow the path of folly, if you follow such path I am at peace with it, but you follow it at your own peril

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05 Jun 2012 17:26 - 05 Jun 2012 17:29 #62786 by Hypatia
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Alego Soule: The Jedi are all but religious1. Jediism is a philosophy not a religion. Faith based belief is stupidity, Experience based Faith is Wisdom2. The Jedi don't follow the path of folly, if you follow such path I am at peace with it, but you follow it at your own peril3


I'm sorry, but you are mistaken. We had a topic on this a couple weeks ago, and we do have a significant number of Jedi who view Jediism as a religion. And there is no problem with it.

I find your post ironic, you are making disparaging remarks against people who hold faith-based belief, yet you are doing the exact same thing that makes many atheists find religion so harmful. You sound just like the many religious extremists I've encountered in my life. Making sweeping generalizations about entire groups of people1, preaching that things are black and white2, telling people if you don't do things the way I think is best you will suffer3.

I understand where you are coming from- faith-based belief can be dangerous. However, it can also be harmless, even beneficial, it just depends on the breed of belief. To think all faith-based belief leads to peril is itself, I think, dangerous. Because it can lead to an extreme mindset. It can give one the idea that all faith-based belief is harmful, and so must be destroyed. Like how extremist Muslims believe kufr and shirk must be eradicated. This is just the flip side of the coin.

I'm sorry if I mistook anything you wrote. If I did, then obviously if you could clarify your beliefs, I would greatly appreciate it.
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06 Jun 2012 02:51 #62832 by Br. John
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TOTJO is a church and that thing we do (for lack of a better word) is called Jediism. Nonetheless, those who personally want to call it a spiritual path are welcome as members.

If anyone really wants to have some fun please state the generally accepted definition of religion.

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06 Jun 2012 03:56 #62838 by Zephyrus
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As I see it, Jediism is a path that could lead to some misunderstanding, but in its own right is not incorrect.

I believe that the Universe has a Perspective. And, its perspective is "like" omnipotence. I am also a Secular Buddhist Jedi, so when I say omnipotence, I am referring to the cessation of suffering through a Universal Perspective.

Jediism is a perspective. And, each person who practices it provides their OWN perspective in accordance with it, or they change it, or they add to it.

No matter your belief, you will find happiness if you are in accordance with the Perspective of the Universe. Compassion. Love. Selflessness. These are things of the Universe. So, Jediism ITSELF is not against this. But, some of the people that practice it (who treat the Force as a Deity) or those who reject all things Jedi in favor of self-gratification for noble deeds (like Vassels or Knights did in the Middle Ages and in the Feudal Japanese era) are NOT in accordance with a Universal Perspective and mar the Jedi Name.

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