Amgod

Amgod is dogma spelled backwards. Infallible dogmas always go beyond religious belief and ultimately head in the direction of power, control, economics, politics, money and wealth. Dogma interferes with examining life’s Great Mysteries by disrupting a personal search for truths and the Truth. For years dogma bollixed my journey into deeper sexuality, love, conscience based morality, emotional experiences, and my ability to think abstractly and rationally. Dogma is “deus ex machine,” or “god from the machine.” The machine of indoctrination, concrete thinking, and robotic behaviors. Immanuel Kant said, “the death of dogma is the birth of morality.” (Huberman quotes, 2007)  Dorothy Parker put forth, “you can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.” (20th Cent) I suspect Voltaire had in mind Catholic Church dogma and persecution when he announced “ecraser l’infame,” or “crush the infamous thing!”

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Doctrine of Infallibility

The Doctrine of Infallibility for me correlates with inerrancy. Infallibility is the audacity of saying my/our religion can’t err because I/we have the truths and the Truth. Infallibility is about being right categorically, absolutely, and without exception. Infallibility proclaims the inerrancy of the Bible. In 1870, the Roman Catholic Church formally promulgated the doctrine of papal infallibility on matters of faith and doctrine. However, all religions have some doctrinal forms of infallibility and an irrevocableness of their doctrine. All institutionalized religions at some level believe they are infallible, are invincible, and have their own fabrication of truths and Truth that says they can’t err.

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Fideism

Fideists are those brain dead hardline religious addicts having an ad hominem faith based on a regurgitation of beliefs without reason-or-logic. Fideism is a decerebrelization that puts ratiocination to sleep, and makes for a catatonic  state of cerebral paralysis. It is a capitulation and abdication of the working brain’s critical thinking skills of analysis and synthesis. Fideism is an unctuous robotic captivity of booboisie minds. It is concrete reactive thinking and a mechanical interaction with life. Schopenhauer said, “faith and knowledge are related as the scales of a balance; when one goes up, the other goes down.” (19th Cent)  Fideism is an apodictic fervor with an absolute certainty of having the truth. Incontrovertible faith is dangerous because it justifies religious extremists to do deplorable things —> eg. Christian crusades or Islamic jihadism. Fideism is a radicalization condoning religious atrocities of all kinds. Pascal suggested, “men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious convictions.” (1669)

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Deo vindice

I am easily irritated by surrealistic nonsensical dogma. Putrifying nonsensical dogma is a brutalization and bastardization of anything that has to do with truth or higher truth. Deprecatory dogma and doctrines become “My God,” God favors me, I know God’s mind, and I am one of the chosen ones. My God invariably involves the human traits of solipsism and ethnosolipism. My God leads to a Deo vindice or “God on our side.” Deo vindice generally leads to a condescending demonization of other religions and a bitter denunciation of other faiths. Lao Tzu was so accurate when he said, “Lord, let us empty ourselves of doctrines.” (4th Cent BC)

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Pontificating Dogma

Pontificating dogma locks religions into defending stupidity. Religions have a pontification of their dogmatic opinions being the only way, and a proselytizing of the truth as they see it. I put forth that religions often do a better job of worshipping their dogma than their God. Each religion demands their putative follower subservience, submissiveness, and obedience to stultified dogmas. Dogmatic dictums say we have the penultimate truth. Dogmatic beguiling proclamations of having knowledge of truths and Truth become dogmatism that quickly morphs into a moralism of do’s and don’ts. An infestation of rancorous dogma cripples the ability for individuals to personally experience truths and Truth. Religious dogmatic truths/Truth are repeated over and over again because they need to be repetitive! According to J. Krishnamurati, “the constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” (20th Cent)

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Dogma

Dogma is a major factor that leads to a theology of separation. We all have access to a Natural Moral Code predating any man-made religious magical and superstitious beliefs. However, we interpret universal moral codes the way we experience life. Universal moral codes are interpreted by a human nature that includes solipsism and a collective ethnosolipsism. Religions are man-made interpretation of nature-made universal moral codes based on their experience of Nature and human nature. Religions develop intractable dogmas, doctrines, and religious fiats to conceptualize and compartmentalize their ideological interpreted beliefs. Sometimes dogmas conform to Nature, but often they don’t. Religions have their unsavory dogma, doctrine, fiats, and precepts that are no more than parodic exaggerated diktats. Each religion teaches a triumphalism that says  their authoritative diktats superior to all others.

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Work-with-Nature

It has taken me a long time to come to the realization that I live in a majestic world and on a dynamic planet. It has taken me time to understand the naturalistic foundation in my life. As my experiences and understanding of the many aspects of the natural world have grown, my life has become a more peaceful journey. We are all born into a Universe with few but key universal natural dualisms. But we are raised in cultures that have an unlimited number of dualisms, with most of them man-made and often unnatural. Dualisms exist. As human beings we have a choice to accept, trust, respect and work-with-Nature’s dualisms. However, we frequently interpret Nature and say this is the way Nature ought to be, instead of the way it really is.  We are on a lifelong journey of self-discovery between the “is” of Nature and human nature, and the “ought” of how we believe Nature and human nature should be. Only by slowly, patiently, and empathetically working with the current stage of human evolutionary development (is) can there be any long term hope for future characterological humanistic growth (ought) of our species. Do we have a conquest view of Nature to fulfill our many acquired wants? Or, do we have a cooperative view of Nature in our attempts to satisfy natural needs?  It is Nature’s directive and it is within our own nature to work-with-nature, and to follow Nature’s pointers. Humankind has found out in the long run that we  can’t outwit Nature. There are repercussions for anyone who tries to control Nature. In the end such attempts at control will only penalize us from satisfying needs, experiencing life, and living a balanced-centered life.

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