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MacAllister

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This is an experiment. And yes, it's for exactly what the thread-description says it's for. So that those of us weirdos who LIKE a rousing discussion about politics and religion over an otherwise civilized meal have a place where we can talk about fundamental differences, similarities, and oddities...without invading anyone's territory and so inadvertently causing offense.

So welcome to our new room. We're still in the construction process, so if you have something you'd like us to be thinking about as we define this new space on AW, please feel free to chime right in. You can PM me privately, if you're shy. :)
 

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First!

Looks nice. I like the stained glass :)
 

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Oh boy, This is going to be fun to watch:popcorn:

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This should be interesting......:popcorn:
 

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Callalily61 brought snickerdoodles, which are my favorite kind of cookie, right behind gingersnaps. I might just build her her very own room. :D
 

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Will psychoanalysts come to eat dinner here as well? I mean, we could invite them...


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ETA: OK I brought some more dessert. Rice pudding? I'm a little poor right now. Forgive me.
 

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I almost made this a subforum in Colorado Guy's Critical Theory room.


Upon further consideration, though, Critical Theory might arguably be better classified as a subforum in the religions area, actually...
 

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Callalily61 brought snickerdoodles, which are my favorite kind of cookie, right behind gingersnaps. I might just build her her very own room. :D
But I brought hot-buttered rum, ahem, your favorite. :D
 

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Sorry Haggis. it's under lock and key

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I've belonged to some religious debate forums over the years so here's my little input.

1. Perhaps explain how to approach a religion without discussing the participating members.
2. One of my pet peeves: I really and I mean really get twitchy when the definition of "cult" and what constitutes a cult or cultist isn't clearly defined. I've seen so many flame wars start from that one word and it ends up dividing the best of friends.

Yep, that's it for me. Do we need a coffee and cookies stand? :)
 

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*checks out the sacramental wine in the back room*

*hits the little undead doggie on the nose with a rolled-up copy of a Dead Sea Scroll*



MacAllister, a question: Should there be an intro thread in which we all say where we're coming from and perhaps why?
 
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I've belonged to some religious debate forums over the years so here's my little input.

1. Perhaps explain how to approach a religion without discussing the participating members.
2. One of my pet peeves: I really and I mean really get twitchy when the definition of "cult" and what constitutes a cult or cultist isn't clearly defined. I've seen so many flame wars start from that one word and it ends up dividing the best of friends.

I'd suggest avoiding "you" and "they" in general.
 

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*pulls up a chair off in a far corner of the place*

:popcorn:
 

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One of my pet peeves: I really and I mean really get twitchy when the definition of "cult" and what constitutes a cult or cultist isn't clearly defined. I've seen so many flame wars start from that one word and it ends up dividing the best of friends.

When my parents go to Church they say, "We are on our way to the cult." Their pastor even describes the Church as a cult. Maybe it's a Spanish thing?
 

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MacAllister, a question: Should there be an intro thread in which we all say where we're coming from and perhaps why?
Great idea. I've started and stickied a thread for just that.

*pulls up a chair off in a far corner of the place*

:popcorn:
BOK bok bok BWOK bok B-bwOK
 

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When my parents go to Church they say, "We are on our way to the cult." Their pastor even describes the Church as a cult. Maybe it's a Spanish thing?

The Romans, who referred to various religious sects of their own that were completely socially acceptable as cults, referred to Judaism and Christianity as cults.

Within non-Christian realms, the ancient Celts absolutely had cults, most notably the cult of the severed head.

In modern terms there are a number of lists that have items that relate to potential socio-political definitions of cults in religious contexts. I note that "cult" is one of the most popular ways to dismiss "the other" in contemporary religious contexts, so yes, it's a potential problem.
 
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Cult in of itself isn't a bad word. It's the usage of it that causes the problem. We often used it in our studies at the University of Cape Town along with referring to religious beliefs as myths. Unfortunately not everyone understands this frame of reference.