Re: virus: Religious Spectrum

Eric Boyd (
Fri, 31 May 1996 21:42:16 -0500

Michael Hudson wrote:

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> IMHO, I think most of you would be surprised to find the majority
> of the population hanging around the center.

Judging by how you define "centre" below, I'll agree. Read below

> One becomes the extreme left or the extreme right when they try to
> continually justify their position past all "real" considerations BECAUSE
> they're both afraid of being a hypocrite. And I think most people are
> pretty much ok with their own level of hypocrosy. It's only a minority of
> people out there, who's whole system of belief is based on solely some
> foundation of pure logic where depending if you were right or left... your
> assumptions would be the Bible or the mind respectively.

(you are right handed, eh?)... I actually saw the spectrum as being from
"individualist" to "big Church"... a complete religious equivalent of
the political spectrum. But looking at it now, there are a lot of
things that don't quite fit... what about agnosticism? How can one
possibly not have a view point on where to stand?

> I also think that you described a center that I would perceive as
> being liberal and left. Thus, I'd put that description that you had as
> left to center. In center, you should find people who believe the
> majority of what most people think of as modern Christianity... with some
> small changes to suit them their personal god even more! :)

See now I'd kinda figured that the exact center should be the point at
which "no-god" switches to "God" But you are right, in that we both are
basically "left of center" if you want a direct correspondence to the
political system. So really the high point on my graph (right of
center) corresponds to your view of center and we agree... it's just a
different positioning of the center that throws us off.

An idea here: remember how I asked if the religious spectrum and the
political spectrum are related (ie should an atheist be a liberal as
well?) I know what happens if the answer is no: the religious spectrum
splits into two parts. There becomes a "theist" left and right and an
"atheist" left and right. In that view, John is a "theist" left, and I
should be a atheist "right" except that I'm not from the right... I've
always been a liberal. Mabye sometimes a reform. So while it works to
split it for some people, it doesn't work for others. blahhhh...
confused yet?


..And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual
human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight
for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes,
undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion or
government which limits or destroys the individual.
John Steinbeck in "East of Eden"