Michael

Location:

Portland, OR

Member since:

September 19, 2011

How did you hear or find out about this group?

Through a search.

How would you describe your religious and scientific experience?

Been there, done that: Christian, Deist, Agnostic, even flirted with atheism (but lacked the faith for it). I lean toward Taoism today, but Agnostic is perhaps the best label for me.       I think our culture misunderstands and misinterprets most ancient religions. We take them too literally. The ancients were most likely speaking figuratively, and generally wiser than we give them credit.       I think humans are innately religious. We all ask questions like: Why are we here? What's the meaning of life? Why does the universe exist? This shared experience gives rise to the variety of religions throughout the ages.       While we (as individuals) may give up on religion as a means to answer such questions, we don't give up on the quest. I've come to view our society as developing a secular religion of Science. Priests are being replaced by scientists, but not much has changed. We're still being told what to believe by "the wise ones."

Introduction

I'm interested a variety of topics, including health & healing, cosmology, biology, quantum mechanics, philosophy, spirituality, religion, history, backpacking, animals, nature, ecology, bicycling, community building, metaphysics, mythology…


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