My purpose is two-fold. First to explain, as best I can, the teachings of the Catholic Church. I have yet to run into a person on the forum that does not believe and that has a good understanding of those teachings. It’s like a creationist who rails against evolution but doesn’t know the science. I would love to see someone who truly understands the teachings of the Catholic Church and still chooses not to believe. That person I would seriously listen to.
Here's the problem. I have been told by people of various religions that each of their is the right one and that if only I could immerse myself in the teachings of their version I'd be enlightened, etc.
So now I'm in the position, if I am interested, of picking which religion to go all academic on. And my choices are in no way limited to the christian variations. So why should I choose catholicism rather than something suggested by southern baptists or hindus or muslims or mayans?
I certainly understand your point. For me to proclaim my atheism in terms of a specifically catholic god would at least imply that I knew enough about catholicism to reject that religion specifically. But I'm a generalist, and I reject every religion for the same reason: it doesn't fit even one tiny bit with the reality that I experience.
Why would a god do nonsensical things. Naked Mole Rats, for instance. The live in burrows under the ground in parts of Africa. They have adapted to living in their low-oxygen environment because they more or less close off their burrows and not only breathe, creating CO2
, but they far, creating methane. And yet they thrive. So here is a god making all the animals and while he makes elephants for republicans and kittens for kids and mice for Disneyland, he also takes the time to whip out Naked Mole Rats.
Evolution explains such variation without blinking an eye. A god coming up with that genetic variation is a bit too much for me.
Now I know that catholics finally learned to accept evolution, etc. and that such mysteries aren't too confusing to you, but I don't get to argue with catholics too often, so I spend less time finding reasons to go after your religion's specific beliefs. I won't even joke about your cracker and wine thing here, though I am tempted.
In any case, religion, as well as a few other social institutions such as government, seeks to control as many variables in life as possible. And that's fine, except for the part that deeply embedded institutions have no flexibility. And lacking that flexibility, they are fragile. And as fragile institutions, they have to spend most of their time in survival mode, excusing their silliness, demanding their flaws by hidden and insisting that their truth is the final one.
You catholics should just settle for being happy that you have some followers. The same should be true for the baptists and methodists and muslims and zoroastrians and such. The cargo cult people of the island of the south pacific island Vanuatu are doing religion right. The invented it on the spur of the moment when they needed it, they follow is devotedly, and yet they somehow manage to keep their beliefs out of my political system and away from my gay son and to themselves. Once all religions do that, I'll quit posting to sites like this and quietly accept their beliefs as harmless. I won't accept their beliefs, but I will not fight that which does no harm.
Until then, no thanks. I don't need to know more about something that is based on nothing. Apparently filling beliefs with minutiae and glorious tales and playing on fear sucks people in. I ain't gonna take the chance.