Patrick 08.06.08 at 2:21 pmIs there really "a difference between literally believing something and religiously believing it?" If anyone can help me figure this out, I'd be most grateful, because it reads like nonsense to me.
Slocum- There’s a difference between literally believing something and religiously believing it. Lots of people religiously believe in the Left Behind style of apocalyptic prophecy. It doesn’t have an effect on their day to day lives, and they plan for the future just like everyone else, but it has meaning for them in their… lets call it their symbolic life. In places where they’re interacting with symbols, that’s their allegiance. And that’s why its kind of scary, because for most people politics are a symbolic matter.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
As I muck around with ideas of belief, I keep coming across strange notions, such as this one in the comments of a thread at Crooked Timber: