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RE: [humanism-174] Eskimo wisdom

From: Marni H.
Sent on: Friday, July 27, 2007 11:19 PM

Jessica,

To me, there is a HUGE difference between one that would consider herself a freethinking theist, and one that has blind faith in a predetermined, dogmatic belief system.

 Many of the greatest Freethinkers in all of history were freethinking theists- Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Franklin, & Lincoln to name a few. (Call some of them “deists” if you like, but a deist is a theist). Many of the world’s all-time greatest scientists might also fit this distinction.

So why would you want to join this group, besides the fact that you were invited? (Note to all: Last Saturday, Marni & I tweaked the “about us” section a bit- we invited local Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, Humanists, and free-thinking Theists to join us… that makes a pretty good “spectrum”, though in my opinion, “Freethinker” covers all of these.) Something tells me that you’d rather participate in the sort of discussion the Cleveland Freethinkers might have, instead of discourse about holy book gobbledy-gook.

Ironically, we had one person leave the group because he thought the rest of us weren’t hard-line atheistic enough to suit his taste!

So I guess what I’m trying to convey is… hope to see you at the August meetup!!!

 

Mark T.  

 

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Jessica
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 8:34 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Eskimo wisdom

 

I hope I am not the lone theist in the group..but I got the joke and was not at all offended.  Most believers that I know questioned at some point whether believing was the right path for them. anyway hope to meet you all at the August meetup.

 

Jessica

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From: Michael <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 2:27:10 AM
Subject: [humanism-174] Eskimo wisdom

Maude, that made my day. 

I wish every evangelical in this country were capable of understanding that joke.  Too many, I am afraid, would take it as an insult, or worse, condemn the Eskimo for questioning the priest's "good intentions". 

And as far as the meeting goes, I'm bringing guacamole and chips.


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