Date: November 15, 2017 03:01PM
> Hie, you're not simply generalizing, you're
> universalizing--taking what you've observed and
> experienced in LDS and applying it to each and
> every religious institution.
Actually, I'm taking what has been observed of all religions throughout history and stating it. It's not in any way based solely on my own, limited, "LDS" experience.
> Your position states
> that NOBODY builds a religious edifice simply out
> of spiritual devotion.
Actually, no...but that's OK.
> Consider that the medieval
> Catholic Church had a monopoly on religion in
> Europe, but still built huge, awe-inspiring, and
> reverent cathedrals, rich in icons and symbols to
> reflect, and teach, their beliefs. They did not
> have to do it--it was pure religion in stone and
So huge, ostentatious cathedrals weren't a projection of the church's status, wealth, and power over the people subject to them?
They may have *also* served a religious purpose (so do LDS temples), but that doesn't mean they weren't projections of wealth, status, and power. They were (and are).
The "religious" purposes could be served in a thatched hut. Or in the open air, with no huge, grand, expensive, ornate building at all. And, in fact, *that* would clearly have been more in line with what Christianity's purported founder advocated -- making my case stronger still :)
> I so admire the great "House of Atheism" edifices!
I don't know why you expect something that isn't a religion to behave like one. That seems quite odd :)
(yes I know it was sarcasm, but still...)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/15/2017 03:02PM by ificouldhietokolob.