X-Message-Number: 19842
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 11:05:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dani Kollin <>
Subject: To Iggy re: religious people

Hi Igggy,

Being a religious person myself I'd have to say you
most certainly should _not_ raise this issue with
religious people (Trust me I've tried). While there is
a lot of good to come out of religion (umpteen
iterations of which have appeared on this list via my
pen) one of the downsides,unfortunatley, is myopic
vision. The same passion that goes into believing
there are absolute evils and absolute goods (which I
think is a good thing otherwise you end up with moral
relativism)also finds itself manifested in closed
minds. Hence your negative experience. Though I
suspect you were talking with a "born-again" and
that's a whole other ball game.

In Judaism for instance, heart transplant surgery was,
in its early stages, impermissable. Only when it was
shown to actually work and actually save lives did it
become acceptable. How many people lost their lives
because they towed the religious line? Sacrifices for
the meme? Perhaps.  In fact I often wonder if I am
successfuly reanimated will my new Jewish community
see me as a visionary or an outcast for having gone
against the religious laws of the past even if they
won't be relevant in the future. Food for thought.

Dani Kollin

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