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Does faith trump sense? Yes, for some

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I don’t want to get everyone stirred up again, but I must say I’ve been overwhelmed by the response I got to my harmless little commentary on the soon-to-be saint from the Mohawk Valley, Kateri Tekakwitha, and on her supposed father in heaven, whom I irreverently referred to as the invisible man in the sky. I don’t know when I’ve taken such a battering. I am bruised from stem to stern and may not ever ...

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January 17, 2012
10:12 a.m.

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August Comte founder of European Positivism in the 19th century characterized faith as human beings process for dealing with the unknown, unexplainable, or uncontrolable. Religion on the other hand uses 'faith' to control people, raise money, and propagate itself.

Therefore, 'faith' has its basis in irrationality, leading believers to cling to concepts they feel keep them safe.

The positive aspect is that folks receive solice and are able to carry on

You chose a geographicly convienient topic that threatens folks 'faith'

January 17, 2012
10:43 a.m.

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"Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion -- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight."

-Mark Twain

January 17, 2012
11:46 a.m.

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When Jesus was brought before Pilate it could be for only one reason. The Jews were not allowed to put a man to death. Knowing this Pilate questioned him carefully. Finding only a gentle man whose main claim seemed to be of a kingdom in another world, which Pilate felt was delusional, he asked Jesus finally, “Who are you? What exactly do you plan to accomplish here?” Jesus replied “I came into this world to bear witness to the truth?’.
Pilate knew that great philosophers had presented many truths and clever sophists had twisted truth to the point no one fully understood it. Jesus, on the other hand, declared that real truth, the kind that could get you a ticket to heaven, came only from God the Father. He performed many miracles at specific times during his mission to prove that God was working through him.
People who accept this, called Christians, are clear in what they believe and will not compromise with truths provided by even the greatest of earthly philosophers or be fooled by even the greatest sophists. People who cannot accept this will, like Pilate, go through life accepting that truth is a elusive variable that can never be firmly established. Choose Christianity and live a much more restricted life which you feel will be followed by eternity in heaven. Reject Christianity, have as much fun and success as you can muster in this world, and hope that stuff about eternity is all pipe dreams. It really is pretty much that simple.

Leo Madigan

January 17, 2012
2:02 p.m.

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I'm pleased to know that some of the faithful in Florida are lighting candles for Carl. I know that many area teachers and Schenectady policemen would be happy to do the same if he were tied to a stake with fagots piled around his feet. :)

January 18, 2012
12:37 p.m.

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Beardog333 Why live a restrictive life as a Christian? No man can be sinless and once you accept Jesus you are guaranteed a place in heaven by the Grace Of God. You can not loose your salvation.

January 18, 2012
2:18 p.m.

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I love you Carl Strock! It's a scary world full of religious nuts, nice to know there are sane people in the world, even in Schenectady.

January 18, 2012
5:32 p.m.

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About 82% of Americans in 2007 told Gallup interviewers that they identified with a Christian religion. That includes 51% who said they were Protestant, 5% who were "other Christian," 23% Roman Catholic, and 3% who named another Christian faith, including 2% Mormon.

Because 11% said they had no religious identity at all, and another 2% didn't answer, these results suggest that well more than 9 out of 10 Americans who identify with a religion are Christian in one way or the other.

January 19, 2012
11:52 a.m.

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That's OK Carl, they call me a homophobic, intending it as an insult, a word whose root does not reflect the facts or my reasoning, just an ignorant, adolescent taunt that the majority of us must endure. So roll with it as I do.
Of course most atheists are quite satisfied to be so and announce it, so I'm not sure it would be an insult. Of course no one is really an atheist anyway, all people have a god: it is the thing that is most important in their lives, like shopping, money, stuff, sex, booze, sports, cars, themselves ...

January 22, 2012
10:32 a.m.

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God is a personal choice one can beleive or not believe what is the problem live and let live life still goes on enjoy it. Carmine