Quote: Originally Posted by Machjo
Just as a truly critical mind will understand the sacred texts of his religion through his own eyes and heart and mind, and not through those of the ecclesiastics of his Faith, no matter his education or theris, as spiritual knowledge is not gotten through academic pursuits alone.
Here I disagree with you. While it may be useful to read the Holy Books (Bible, Koran, Vedas, Granth sahib etc.), again there isn’t enough time in the world to study even one religion in detail. It will take a lifetime to learn everything there is to learn about Christianity alone there have been so many books, sermons, preachings etc.
The approach I take is that I read the Holy Book, try to understand the basics of the religion, and for the rest, I look at the behavior of the followers of the religion. This way I can condemn most religions in a very short order. I only have to look at the behavior of the so called committed Christians such as Newt Gingrich, Pat Robertson, Mark Sanford, Larry Craig etc. to form my opinion about Christianity.
Or even look at the self professed Christians in this forum, the Christians such as Gerry, MHz etc. I base my opinion of Christianity on how they behave and that opinion is very low.
Same as I look at he behaviors of Muslims such as Osama Ben Laden, Mullah Mohammed Omar, Iran President Ahmadinejad, behavior of Muslims regarding such subjects as the veil, stoning of women, terrorism, Sharia etc. and form my opinion of Islam from that (which is very low).
While that may not be the best way to analyze religions, I think that is the only realistic, practical way.