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    • INTENDED FOR THE RELIGIOUS MINDED FOLKS.

      Thanks to S4-John, I am posting a new version of what is intended to be a positive religious statement that promotes and encourages;diversity, inclusiveness,tolerance dignity and consideration regarding the subject of God for those that have a proclivity for said subject. It is at best a simple mans words with a simple mans limited words and mentality but of goodwill.

    • I really wasn't saying that I was offended by the original version or that anyone should be, sorry if it came across that way.

      My point was just that you very often see people who are Muslim or Christian (for example) stating how ultimately everyone who is religious is worshipping the same God and different versions of the same thing, and that isn't the case because it fails to take into account multi-deity belief systems.

    • Yes, I agree you point out a valid perspective regarding multiple polytheistic systems and that would also exclude the most prominent non-deity systems such as Hindusim, Buddhism, and Janism and others as well. Recently met a Nontheist Quaker; in my limited education and world exposure I had no idea that such a group existed here in the USA. He defined his beliefs as someone who affiliates with, identifies with, engages in and/or affirms Quaker practices and processes, but who does not accept a belief in a theistic understanding ofGod, a Supreme Being, the divine, the soul or the supernatural. Like theistic Friends, nontheist Friends are actively interested in realizing centered peace, simplicity, integrity, community, equality,love,happiness,and social justice in the Society of Friends and beyond. My personal belief(s) are continually under review so that I may not become and "exclusivist" type of individual and yet I struggle with as Freud called "the ideal self or ego-ideal which is defined basically as " imaginary picture of how you ought to be,aspirations, how to treat other people, and how to behave as a member of society." Would like to simply share the prospect of acceptable diversity as human beings.