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[–] Vindicator [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They should never have elected a Jesuit Latin American as Pope.

Unfortunately, lay Catholics have no say in the selection of bishops, cardinals or the pope. Or even of their parish priests, for that matter. This is a governance structure that goes back to the Roman Empire...all the plebs can do is riot in the streets.

[–] 1Iron_Curtain 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Why should they be allowed to? I think the Catholic Church's rigid structuralism is not only going to get them, but get them hard with all the deconstructive madness they have embraced. I think this is what happens when you ground your truth as the only truth and it becomes very troublesome to say the least.

Its hard to do this kind of stuff and why a certain kind of "Unitarian Nietszcheanism" is needed to at least put things in context for not only the individual, but also family and group structures in society. The main question is does God exist and does the current standing of Christianity have validity.

It seems Jesus existed, although some question it, which makes it very difficult to say. What do you think of Anslem's Ontological Proof? I have looked through others and they are not that convincing. God of the Gaps argument is about as stupid as it gets and Pascal's Wager is fraudulent and a way to send you broke.

[–] Vindicator [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I wish I had time for a deep dive into these theological and philosophical topics, 1Iron. :-)

I will say that I think it would be illogical and foolish to scoff at any set of teachings that millions of human beings have found valuable enough that they have chosen to live their lives by them across numerous cultures over millennia, despite often extreme challenges.

this is what happens when you ground your truth as the only truth and it becomes very troublesome to say the least.

Truth is generally troublesome, LOL. Conversation is utterly pointless, though, if we all have our own truth. I will never understand the point of relativism; it makes no sense, other than to confuse and pacify people and make them easier to control.

The main question is does God exist and does the current standing of Christianity have validity.

What does "the current standing of Christianity" mean and by what criteria would you judge it's validity?

It seems Jesus existed, although some question it, which makes it very difficult to say.

There is a piece of physical evidence strongly supporting both the historical reality of Jesus, and his claims of supernatural power. It's the single most scientifically studied artifact in human history, a point on which there is almost a total media blackout (including within most of the Catholic church) which many have tried and failed to debunk, and yet none have been able to reproduce it. It's worth researching.