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Mormon Parenting: Coming to know what is real

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  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 22, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    How many people on the planet were judged, tortured, or murdered last year because of their scientific beliefs? Our world without science would be intolerable; our world without all the religious strife would be much better.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 22, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Using your analogy, we get that you love Linda. But you do not try to force Linda down our throats. And I assume you would be upset if someone told you you should stop loving Linda and start loving Betty? Or perhaps that you cannot marry Linda because it is against their belief system?

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    March 22, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    "...we need to understand that getting rid of suspicion and magic does not negate spiritual answers or the deep reality of spiritual things."

    Sure it does.

    And because of the fear that loss of "spiritual answers" would threaten the profitable occupations of those mystics, prophets, sorcerers, magicians, seers, and revelators who had long exploited the naive, gullible, and desperate masses, these dabblers in "spiritual things" expanded the notion of spirituality to subsume "emotion".

    So it is that today, spirituality is merely a euphemism for "emotionalism" whereby the exploiters continue to claim relevance to the lives of real human beings -- and demand their "devotion" in whatever are the contemporary currencies.

    As knowledge (science) has pushed suspicion, magic, superstition, supernaturalism, and their mystical "spiritual" ilk out of the minds of people, it has freed them from bondage to the conjurers by explicitly negating "spiritual answers".

    As you look beneath the veneer of "spirituality" you find the ghosts have been exorcised, the fairies have been evicted, and the human race must finally grow up and take on the moral and ethical realities of coexistence on this blue marble.