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Humanist Archives: Jan. 26, 2022, 7:53 a.m. Humanist 35.490 - oracles and intelligence

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        Date: 2022-01-26 02:16:02+00:00
        From: James Rovira <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.484: oracles and intelligence

That's a great distinction, Henry, and I appreciate it. Speaking as a
former Catholic, I would say the two exist side by side *within *individual
religions as well as across individual religions, including from one
individual to another. There's an economic dimension to this as well, even
in historic literature about veneration offered to humanly-made objects,
but I'm not sure how far we want to chase this rabbit down the hole on this

Jim R

On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 2:54 AM Humanist <> wrote:

> I'll submit that there are two meanings of what is being built and
> venerated, and that while they are often merged, this is a real
> distinction.
> The "things" which are built/venerated can be considered either as symbols
> of which should be venerated or as things which should be venerated. When
> we attempt to seek understanding with the believers we need to keep in mind
> which aspect is being considered. Various religions had gone from one end
> of this spectrum to the other - perhaps in attempts to cope with human
> belief tendencies.

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