Started by zarus tathra, December 20, 2013, 11:21:08 AM
Quote from: "Franklin"Hi zarus tathra,I was bored and googled "karaite" and found this thread. There is a Karaite synagogue in Daly City, California, that I plan to join this summer. (I have to move there.) I used to be an atheist. My beliefs haven't so much changed as my values. I know that atheists insist that their definition is lack of belief in God, but then North Korea calls itself the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. I don't just accept definitions, I see if they match reality. And the reality is that virtually all atheists share modern values which are in sharp contrast to the values of other cultures. My values are not modern values which I see as decadent. The Karaites allow you to interpret the Bible for yourself. My interpretation isn't literal and I choose to define God as the laws of nature, particularly those laws that support morality. So I can join the Karaite synagogue without accepting supernatural beliefs. I love the values of the Hebrew Bible, so this is a perfect fit for me.
Quote from: "zarus tathra"I agree that atheism correlates too perfectly with certain political and personal values. The Left makes all the alliances that it can because it is so greedy for power.
Quote from: "Franklin"Quote from: "zarus tathra"I agree that atheism correlates too perfectly with certain political and personal values. The Left makes all the alliances that it can because it is so greedy for power.So then where do you see yourself fitting in? Do you like modern culture? Do you think you fit with the people on this forum? To be honest, the average IQ here seems pretty low.
Quote from: "zarus tathra"I think it would smooth things over if you were more specific about what you meant by "modern values," Franklin. Most Americans probably wouldn't like having their fairly harmless, if a bit vacuous, celebrity-obsessed culture compared to North Korea's militaristic personality cults. Speaking more generally, I feel a lack of precise terminology is one of the primary causes of the irrationality of political discourse both here and abroad.