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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2017, 03:58:15 PM »
I don't subscribe to the dogma anymore.

DOGma, Mr. Beagle?  ;D

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You mean 'god of the gaps'?

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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2017, 04:30:30 PM »
Only thing I liked was the music when the organist played the huge pipe organ in the cathedral we attended.  I love(d) that instrument and the way it sounded in that building.
Someone like Maria Magdalena Kaczor or Pascale Melis or Katja Sager playing Bach on the organ would get me into a church. I'd even sit through a Mass and/or a sermon to hear one of them live on a good pipe organ. Providing they were playing Bach.

It's a shame that most of the stuff they play in most modern Mass services is such bullshit. I'd happily go to church just to sit in the pews and listen to the music if they had a good organist performing J.S. Bach for an hour or two.

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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #32 on: November 09, 2017, 05:10:55 PM »
I don't subscribe to the dogma anymore.

DOGma, Mr. Beagle?  ;D

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"God" is the ultimate "Humpty Dumpty" word. It means whatever we want it to me. For me it means, "I haven't figured this part out yet."

You mean 'god of the gaps'?
More like Spinoza, seconded by Einstein. Wherever E = Mc2 came from is 'God'. The richness of the language is dependent on "God language."
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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #33 on: November 09, 2017, 06:45:16 PM »
I've always considered it rather unseemly to bundle all of one's ignorance up into a fictional entity and then worship it.

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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2017, 11:19:19 PM »
Yes. The happy-clappy Pentecostal services were designed to actually be fun. Lots of singing and poppy music.

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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #35 on: November 14, 2017, 08:20:05 AM »
As a little kid bible "school" was stories, coloring, and snacks. But as an adult, the best thing about not believing is having my Sundays free.  I used to share an office with a Catholic woman who was one of those 'hot mess' type moms. Every Monday she would complain about how hard it was to get her family to mass on time.  I will admit to a bit of  Schadenfreude.

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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #36 on: November 14, 2017, 10:52:21 AM »
I didn't enjoy churches I attended as a child.  As a teen, I started attending an Assembly of God church (think Pentecostal-lite) because my girlfriend's aunt and uncle (who had custody) wouldn't let us date unless I attended.  I actually really liked parts of it.  The Pastor used to play piano in jazz clubs down in New Orleans and the music service was great.  He was funny and kind.  He was kicked out of that church for performing my marriage ceremony because the church didn't believe we could be forgiven for our fornication (which led to our marriage).  Our next church was fun as well.  Real small, the pastor's kids were all teenagers, and my wife and I were not even 20 yet so we spent a lot of time with the youth group.  I got over my fear of public singing.  I even delivered a few sermons in that church.


Overall, yes, I enjoyed going to church at one point.  Later we got to where we didn't have time for church when we were working night shift in casinos.  Years rolled by.  We started attending a church after moving to Kentucky and I found I didn't enjoy it at all anymore.  It seemed so fake, and I couldn't find the will to argue about evolution or Harry Potter anymore.  As I put more thought into it, I found I didn't even really believe in god anymore anyway...not sure how much I ever did.  Sometimes I think I wanted to believe more than I actually believed.  As a life-long outsider it felt good to be part of something for once in my young life...so it was more of that than actual faith.  As an old man, I try not to notice that apart from my wife and kids, I'm mostly just alone.  Community would probably be good for me, but I live in Kentucky...so fuck that snake handling bullshit.
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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #37 on: November 14, 2017, 12:17:32 PM »
As an old man, I try not to notice that apart from my wife and kids, I'm mostly just alone.  Community would probably be good for me, but I live in Kentucky...so fuck that snake handling bullshit.

At least you have us imaginary goobers. :)
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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #38 on: November 14, 2017, 12:49:12 PM »


At least you have us imaginary goobers. :)

You are all wonderful, engaging, delightful, imaginary goobers!   8)

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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #39 on: November 15, 2017, 05:32:04 PM »
Fuuuck no.
I had to miss sunday morning cartoons.
When I was there I just stood and knelt when everyone else did and wished for the second coming so I would be less bored.

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Re: Did you actually enjoy going to church?
« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2017, 03:31:13 AM »
Fuuuck no.
I had to miss sunday morning cartoons.
When I was there I just stood and knelt when everyone else did and wished for the second coming so I would be less bored.

When I was a kid, we only had Saturday morning cartoons.
It was only a few years I actually went to church regularly - between when my mother found out she had cancer and maybe a year or so after my mother died. As such, I don't really know what it is like to go to church every Sunday for most of your life. 
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