Originally Posted by 'trane
just to clarify, and to put this in the context of what i was discussing, does this mean you favour faith, or the absence of debate?
I don't see them as mutually exclusive. Maybe it's just me being lucky with the Catholic schools I went to. Religion classes were entirely about debate. And the little bit I know about many different religions, debate and questioning are extremely important. Again - maybe it's just what has attracted my attention more than other aspects. I also find ritual to be a very important human enterprise, without needing to define it's meaning in strict terms, although I recognize that is essential for some people, and that some people see faith as their only means to living out their lives. I find the existence of the dichotomy very sad.