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Q spends some time contrasting two different sorts of religion in this Dialogue.
- Some forms of religion promise "proven certainty" and may have particular appeal to people who are, for a variety of reasons, quite anxious. These expressions of religion also trade a lot in fear. Harold Camping represented this variety of religion. More of his story can be found here.
- Other expressions of religion appeal to what one writer (Matthew Fox) calls "Original Blessing" which recalls the words of God over all of creation, including people: "It is good, so very good!" These expressions typically do not offer proven certainty but invite people to live "by faith." That is, they call persons to commit themselves to a belief and a lifestyle even though it is impossible to be certain in advance of its correctness.
- What is your experience with these and other expressions of religion? Which ones attract you . . . repel you? Why?
- Do you think it's desirable to refrain from committing one's life to an idea and lifestyle absent proof of its correctness? Is this possible?