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3 years ago  ::  Feb 17, 2012 - 10:40AM #1
maralight
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My comment applies to Buddhism and Islam and Judaism, all of which I read regularly. I loved seeing the beautiful manifestations of God in the inspiring quotes.  Recently, I began seeing links to Christianity, sometimes under the guise of "interfaith," discussions and outlandish titles.  Today the title for Buddhist thinkers such as myself is "7 nights to sexual intimacy, what is a soulmate and ???"  There is nothing inside that reflects Buddhist thinking and wisdom.  I have enjoyed Beliefnet for many years and am both offended and saddened by this policy shift.  God is the way, not just Christianity.  The thinking is insular and contrary to what I had come to expect from Beliefnet.


Love and Light


Mara

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 17, 2012 - 11:10AM #2
mytmouse57
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I'm not sure I follow you.


This tends to be the only board I visit frequently on B'net, so I can't speak for the entire site.


But I've not noticed a particular homogeny of views here in the Hot Topics Zone.


I'm Baha'i, and just off the top of my head, I can think of regular posters here who represent a wide range of Christian sects and veiws, from conservative, to very liberal or "progressive" -- Catholic and Protestant. 


There are also Jewish posters, Muslims, agnostics, atheists, non-religious spiritual people, pagans and even some Buddhists. 


Anyway, hang out and enjoy the fun! 



:)

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 17, 2012 - 4:48PM #3
Ironhold
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Part of it comes from the fact that at one point, BNet tried to pay the bills by becoming a commercial enterprise (it was actually even a part of News Corp for a few months). As a result, it needed those "WTF?!" articles on the front page to draw in readers for the sake of ad revenues and merchandise sales.



I, personally, never visit the front page anymore unless I have to for some stupid reason, like the site no longer accepting cookies, forcing me to log in again.

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 17, 2012 - 6:29PM #4
oddjoe
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Bnet's biggest share of users is from the U.S.  Religion based on the bible is still strong here and the declining economy has probably increased it more.
Nonself-defensive competition against others (fighting against others) is the root of human evil.
Let's try to overcome humanity's drive to reproduce on this finite planet.
Anarchism + perfect understanding and compassion within the citizenry = utopian socialism.
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3 years ago  ::  Feb 17, 2012 - 6:50PM #5
Marcion
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It would be interesting to see a demographic of BNet posters.

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 18, 2012 - 2:24AM #6
Father_Oblivion
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I have noticed this as well, over a number of years.


The Celtic Reconstructionists I used to discuss with are all gone and have been for several years.


The last post made on the Taoist board was quite some time ago, and was gibberish from a fanatic who targets Buddhism (not that I think what he posts is wrong, but he pushes it way too far).


I used to frequent the old Christian Debate board long ago (it is called something else now) but tired of the constant bickering, where nobody seemed to be paying attention to anyone but themselves and doing their best to simultaneously bash their opponents and flatter themselves.


I suppose I made a home on the US N&P board, while visiting this and the Israel/Palestine boards. Religious topics are often moved from any of those to their proper forum, and sometimes I feel the crossover to be great enough that it should have remained where it was and moving the thread killed the debate.


I still see people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, but far and away most are Christian of some sort. Not the old beliefnet at all.

The important thing to remember about American history is that it is fictional, a charcoal-sketched simplicity for the children or the easily bored. For the most part it is uninspected, unimagined, unthought, a representative of the thing and not the thing itself. It is a fine fiction...
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‎"Ignorance of ignorance, then, is that self-satisfied state of unawareness in which man, knowing nothing outside the limited area of his physical senses, bumptiously declares there is nothing more to know! He who knows no life save the physical is merely ignorant; but he who declares physical life to be all-important and elevates it to the position of supreme reality--such a one is ignorant of his own ignorance."
- Manly Palmer Hall
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3 years ago  ::  Feb 19, 2012 - 10:15AM #7
teilhard
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Unfortunately, Aggression has tended to replace Discussion ...

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 19, 2012 - 12:59PM #8
BDboy
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Feb 17, 2012 -- 4:48PM, Ironhold wrote:


Part of it comes from the fact that at one point, BNet tried to pay the bills by becoming a commercial enterprise (it was actually even a part of News Corp for a few months). As a result, it needed those "WTF?!" articles on the front page to draw in readers for the sake of ad revenues and merchandise sales.



I, personally, never visit the front page anymore unless I have to for some stupid reason, like the site no longer accepting cookies, forcing me to log in again.




 


>>>>>>>> We used to have great discussions. We have less of them. Lost a lot of members as well.


Still like this place...


:-)

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 19, 2012 - 2:22PM #9
Fodaoson
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Feb 18, 2012 -- 2:24AM, Father_Oblivion wrote:


I have noticed this as well, over a number of years.


The Celtic Reconstructionists I used to discuss with are all gone and have been for several years.


The last post made on the Taoist board was quite some time ago, and was gibberish from a fanatic who targets Buddhism (not that I think what he posts is wrong, but he pushes it way too far).


I used to frequent the old Christian Debate board long ago (it is called something else now) but tired of the constant bickering, where nobody seemed to be paying attention to anyone but themselves and doing their best to simultaneously bash their opponents and flatter themselves.


I suppose I made a home on the US N&P board, while visiting this and the Israel/Palestine boards. Religious topics are often moved from any of those to their proper forum, and sometimes I feel the crossover to be great enough that it should have remained where it was and moving the thread killed the debate.


I still see people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, but far and away most are Christian of some sort. Not the old beliefnet at all.





Feb 19, 2012 -- 10:15AM, teilhard wrote:


Unfortunately, Aggression has tended to replace Discussion ...




Belligerency, unfortunately,  is strong on bn.  Religion is an area where it is difficult to not be 100% right.  In most people religion effects every part of life and in some cases their hope for and ”eternal life”.   If I am wrong politically, there is always the next primary or the next election cycle . If I am a  NE Patriot fan, there is next season. If my religion is wrong, it influences , my social life, my philosophy of life and my “meaning of life” and my “eternal  soul”. I am an agnostic Taoist. Eternity, deity, salvation of the soul; there is  no way of knowing .   Westernized Taoism is my philosophy.  It has to be westernized because I grew up and was educated in the Western ways.   


The aggressiveness is a reason for losing many former participants

“I seldom make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.” Edward Gibbon
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3 years ago  ::  Feb 19, 2012 - 2:51PM #10
REteach
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Feb 19, 2012 -- 10:15AM, teilhard wrote:


Unfortunately, Aggression has tended to replace Discussion ...




Homophobia was much worse a decade ago. Some things are better. 

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize what you heard was not what I meant...
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