Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Questions about "Turning Agnostic"

(In response to: Turning Agnostic)
What is the difference between tolerating and accepting?
I can see how people can tolerate all religions by not saying that any one of them is completely true to the exclusion of all the others
I can't quite see how you can accept all religions if you mean saying they are ALL true... Doesn't that provide a major contradiction?
I guess this is a pretty common question and people say stuff like "you make your own truth" or "what's true for you isn't true for me"... but that sounds like nonsense to me.

2 comments:

Skymt said...

Tolerating is "not acting against".

Accepting is to communicate only what you know, and not what you believe. But communication is mandatory, as well as the resulting insights and broadened horizons.

Remember that the wisdom of humanity is greater than that of any subset of it self.

Do not diregard the wisdom in any scripture, but remember that just as you wouldn't run a business according to a guide written 300 years ago, it is folly to run your life according to a guide written over one and a half millenia ago.

Seek the commonalities. :)

Thought Walks said...

You state a whole load of facts here that as far as I can see are unsubstantiated... perhaps a scattering of "I believe"s would be useful in there for you.

"Remember that the wisdom of humanity is greater than that of any subset of it self" - who says it is? What if most people are idiots, then surely certain subsets would be wiser? What if I'm an idiot (which is quite possible!)?

"just as you wouldn't run a business according to a guide written 300 years ago, it is folly to run your life according to a guide written over one and a half millenia ago" - the two are not comparable in my book. Seeking fulfilment, meaning, hope, love, truth etc are pretty constant throughout history. Some truth changes (like who the president of the USA is) but some other truth doesn't - like God existing (or not) - although this may rely on a definition of God that means he doesn't change, thereby being circular logic to some extent.

Seeking the commonalities in things probably just leaves with a mess of different things and no awareness of what the (unchanging) truth is... or at least that's what I'd feel like it would do.