19th November 2011

“Not for nothing do churches hold services and apply social pressure on individuals to attend. It creates an emotional bond within the congregation and provides an agreeable transcendental experience which will have the punters coming back for more. These spiritual experiences are a natural part of human nature but it's easy to persuade people that they have been imbued with the holy spirit, or some other such guff.”

Anon.

7 Responses to “19th November 2011”

  1. R J rjf114@gmail.com Says:

    .i kinda agree with this guy. there’s all kinds of experiences that,

    if they are strong enough, and sufficiently ”out of the

    ordinary,” could be considered ”transcendant.” hearing a

    great musical performance, seeing a paticularly unique

    display of nature, or even powerful intimacy. and, the

    church-going worship service can be ( for some ) quite

    powerful emotionally…..and because you’re in a ”holy”

    environment, you might chalk up the effect to the

    ” presence of the holy spirit,” or some such.

    it’s a lotta hocus-pocus, and the church guys make the

    most of it.

    let’s not forget who old p.t. barnum told us was born

    every minute !!

  2. s0l0m0n Says:

    Religion got the (((POWER)))

  3. Dan Says:

    Sol – yes, religion does got the “Power.” And concentrated power is always bad in the end, leading to tyranny, corruption and injustice.

  4. Rj Says:

    post at 1223

    gibberish

  5. s0l0m0n Says:

    post at 1.57

    double gibberish

  6. Dan Says:

    RJ,
    I agree with Sol, it’s not gibberish – religion IS powerful, which is a big part of the problem. The other part of the problem is of course the fact that religion is based “on things that we know just ain’t so” (to quote Twain).

  7. electrabotanical Says:

    I get my spiritual and communal lift from contradancing. You get moved by and move with the music. You get to talk with, touch and look at the other dancers. You give and receive pleasure moving together as a group and as individuals. I think if more people had an outlet like this, there would be less need of mumbojumbo on Sundays. Why do you think the Baptists hate dancing? Too fun and sensual!