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07-06-2014, 11:13 PM
RE: degree in mythology...
(07-06-2014 10:04 PM)Michael_Tadlock Wrote:  A lot of us are skeptics, not just about religion but almost everything, because of religion.
I was a skeptic before I came across the question "do gods exist?"

My 5 year old is a skeptic and I have never had a conversation with her about gods.



(07-06-2014 10:08 PM)Dee Wrote:  The Matrix (the movie)
I've never been religious, and religion isn't a big part of my culture, it's hardly talked about where I live.

Does the Matrix have religious themes?
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07-06-2014, 11:57 PM
RE: degree in mythology...
(07-06-2014 11:13 PM)Stevil Wrote:  
(07-06-2014 10:04 PM)Michael_Tadlock Wrote:  A lot of us are skeptics, not just about religion but almost everything, because of religion.
I was a skeptic before I came across the question "do gods exist?"

My 5 year old is a skeptic and I have never had a conversation with her about gods.

Oh come on, I never meant that statement to be interpreted as an absolute.

Knowledge is a good thing. There are plenty of atheists walking around with theology degrees. If a person is an idiot they earned that by themselves, it doesn't speak to anything that they studied.
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08-06-2014, 12:22 AM
RE: degree in mythology...
(07-06-2014 11:57 PM)Michael_Tadlock Wrote:  
(07-06-2014 11:13 PM)Stevil Wrote:  I was a skeptic before I came across the question "do gods exist?"

My 5 year old is a skeptic and I have never had a conversation with her about gods.

Oh come on, I never meant that statement to be interpreted as an absolute.

Knowledge is a good thing. There are plenty of atheists walking around with theology degrees. If a person is an idiot they earned that by themselves, it doesn't speak to anything that they studied.
I've only spoken from the "I". My own perspective, my own experience.
If someone wants to pay to get an education in make believe topics then that is their prerogative. If they can make a living off their qualifications then great for them, of if they just do it out of personal interest then also great for them. But I certainly do balk at the idea that a person can be an "expert" at a make believe topic.

I know a Pakastani girl who has done courses in Magic and Myth as well as Theology and she tends to think she is an expert in Magic, although she has never seen magic for real and doesn't know how to actually perform magic.

I can consider a person to have expertise in historical text with a specialisation in biblical text but that isn't theology.
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08-06-2014, 12:32 AM
RE: degree in mythology...
(08-06-2014 12:22 AM)Stevil Wrote:  
(07-06-2014 11:57 PM)Michael_Tadlock Wrote:  Oh come on, I never meant that statement to be interpreted as an absolute.

Knowledge is a good thing. There are plenty of atheists walking around with theology degrees. If a person is an idiot they earned that by themselves, it doesn't speak to anything that they studied.
I've only spoken from the "I". My own perspective, my own experience.
If someone wants to pay to get an education in make believe topics then that is their prerogative. If they can make a living off their qualifications then great for them, of if they just do it out of personal interest then also great for them. But I certainly do balk at the idea that a person can be an "expert" at a make believe topic.

I know a Pakastani girl who has done courses in Magic and Myth as well as Theology and she tends to think she is an expert in Magic, although she has never seen magic for real and doesn't know how to actually perform magic.

I can consider a person to have expertise in historical text with a specialisation in biblical text but that isn't theology.

There are sixty six books in the bible and almost two thousand years worth of commentaries with many interpretations. You can certainly be an expert on what it says. I never thought I would be defending theology, but it is true, there is enough there to study for six years.
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08-06-2014, 01:04 AM
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(08-06-2014 12:32 AM)Michael_Tadlock Wrote:  You can certainly be an expert on what it says.
One doesn't need to be an expert on what it says. All one needs is a copy of the books.

When t comes to interpretations, well, that's up for grabs.
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08-06-2014, 03:29 PM (This post was last modified: 08-06-2014 03:32 PM by goodwithoutgod.)
RE: degree in mythology...
(07-06-2014 11:57 PM)Michael_Tadlock Wrote:  
(07-06-2014 11:13 PM)Stevil Wrote:  I was a skeptic before I came across the question "do gods exist?"

My 5 year old is a skeptic and I have never had a conversation with her about gods.

There are plenty of atheists walking around with theology degrees.

I actually have a minor in religious studies and have taken every religious course saint leo university offers...it amuses me greatly. To know ones enemy is to defeat them. Evil_monster I have my Master's in a real world specialty, but religion has always amused me and I like knowing it from the inside out, all the better to adequately dismantle it. I have much to learn because mythology is a huge subject, but I think I am better versed in it then the typical believer....at least on the abrahamic myth.

"Belief is so often the death of reason" - Qyburn, Game of Thrones

"The Christian community continues to exist because the conclusions of the critical study of the Bible are largely withheld from them." -Hans Conzelmann (1915-1989)
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08-06-2014, 04:06 PM
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You can take a class in zombies in my town.
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/mar/28/sds...mbies-101/
No news about if it's tied in with a religious studies class.

Insufferable know-it-all.Einstein God has a plan for us. Please stop screwing it up with your prayers.
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08-06-2014, 04:09 PM
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(08-06-2014 04:06 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  You can take a class in zombies in my town.
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/mar/28/sds...mbies-101/
No news about if it's tied in with a religious studies class.

I'm sorry California but you officially lost the craziest state title to Arizona. This is too little too late.

(31-07-2014 04:37 PM)Luminon Wrote:  America is full of guns, but they're useless, because nobody has the courage to shoot an IRS agent in self-defense
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08-06-2014, 05:12 PM
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(08-06-2014 04:09 PM)Revenant77x Wrote:  
(08-06-2014 04:06 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  You can take a class in zombies in my town.
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/mar/28/sds...mbies-101/
No news about if it's tied in with a religious studies class.

I'm sorry California but you officially lost the craziest state title to Arizona. This is too little too late.

Yeah, Arizona does put the "k" in crazy. Angel

Insufferable know-it-all.Einstein God has a plan for us. Please stop screwing it up with your prayers.
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09-06-2014, 02:29 AM
degree in mythology...
Dunno. I studied under a UCLA M.A. Philosophy, M.A. Folklore and Mythology, degreed in recent philosophy, philosophy of religion, comparative religions, East Asian philosophy, and environmental ethics.

As far as I can tell, an Mag Agg. in Folklore and Mythology makes you an expert bullshit detector, since you've already been exposed to all of it and can tell the individual bullshitter the origins of their bullshit, and an M.A. in Philosophy lets you tell anyone with a "fascinating new idea" the historical background of their "never before
heard, original work."

Hands down, the most fascinating professor I've ever had. A decade and a half later, I still learn something new, and go: "Huh. That's what she meant by the one comment in that lecture. Damn."

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
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