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PostSubject: Theology and everyday life.   Sat May 23, 2009 1:59 pm

I'm curious, how does your theological world view shape the way you live your everyday life... if at all?

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PostSubject: Re: Theology and everyday life.   Sat May 23, 2009 9:50 pm

Because I realize that each of us is a manifestation of the One, I am more tolerant of the behavior of "others".

Furthermore, whenever I see another demonstrate an attitude or a behavior I find distasteful, I look for that attitude within myself. And I can usually find it! In this way, I am able to use the behavior of others as a mirror which allows me to know myself better - and to change that which is at odds with my True Self. (True Self: that which reflects the perfection of the Creator)

We are not consciously aware of most of our beliefs - the ideas that make us think and act (or react) the way we do, almost automatically. Recognizing these beliefs in ourselves is difficult, but seeing them in others is easier. Sometimes even that is difficult, so I have started to meet people whose behavior is so extreme as to be caricatures of the behavior I have hidden from myself.

I am here to learn, so I try to make every encounter a learning experience.
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PostSubject: Re: Theology and everyday life.   Sat May 23, 2009 11:23 pm

I agree with PA
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PostSubject: Re: Theology and everyday life.   Mon May 25, 2009 7:28 pm

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I'm curious, how does your theological world view shape the way you live your everyday life... if at all?

Not as much as it should, unfortunately, not that I'm bad in anyway, just not as "good" as I could be.

Yeah, good insite PA
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PostSubject: Re: Theology and everyday life.   Wed May 27, 2009 10:02 pm

Aaron wrote:
I'm curious, how does your theological world view shape the way you live your everyday life... if at all?

Since I am still in the process of formulating my Deist "theology", my life hasn't changed much. Mostly I act as-if I was still an Agnostic. Deism does however give me more of a focus point around which to build my worldview.

Unfortunately, the presumed deity is still an abstraction, for which I feel little emotional connection. If I learned tomorrow that my worldview is erroneous, I wouldn't be devastated, because I don't have a lot invested in it, yet. But as I continue to develop the details of my new worldview, such as Enformationism, I may eventually get in too deep to back out.

The basic problem with my "theology" is that it came, not from a sudden life-changing spiritual experience, but from a gradual, rational appraisal of the various alternatives. Is that pathetic, or what? Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Theology and everyday life.   Wed May 27, 2009 10:27 pm

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The basic problem with my "theology" is that it came, not from a sudden life-changing spiritual experience, but from a gradual, rational appraisal of the various alternatives. Is that pathetic, or what? Suspect

Problem!?!

There are far, far worse ways to acquire a theological perspective. You will never "lose your faith", (and I use the term "faith" loosely) because it is based upon sound logic and reason. IMO, most people's faith is based on emotion, and emotions are extremely unreliable in the long run.
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PostSubject: Re: Theology and everyday life.   Wed May 27, 2009 11:33 pm

My (holarchical) metaphysical worldview has forced me to look at the bigger picture more often than I used to. As a result I have forced myself into different habits of living.

For example, I have become more conscious of what I eat because of the ramifications on the ecosystem, on culture and society in general and on my own health. Old habits are hard to break but I've slowly weened myself off of things like soda, McDonald's (mostly), and Twinkies and have started eating more fresh vegetables and locally harvested foods.

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