Quote Originally Posted by RichardGarfinkle View Post
This is the kind of clever response that seems to work for people who already share a certain view, but is irritating to those who don't.

This is symptomatic of a problem with insular groups.

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I also pointed out that different people benefit from different spiritual and philosophical practices, so it seems absurd to me that a god who created everyone would also create only a single path of help for those people.
Interestingly, George Fox, founder of Quakerism, made a similar argument in the 17th century. He said a just God would never condemn those who never had the opportunity to learn about Jesus. He used the example of those in the East Indies of the time. Of course George would probably still be annoyed with you because you have had the opportunity in his eyes. But his viewpoint interests me. I think it was quite progressive for his era.