Originally Posted by LX
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.
debate within a very narrow set of boundaries is not open debate, and it leads to very restrictive ways to organize people. faith restricts possibilities, again, by definition. this is what i am opposing. if those faith-based beliefs were kept to an extraordinarily personal understanding and had no bearing upon the ways in which people interact with each other i would have no problem with it. but that almost never happens.