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Subject: Re: Not a fundamentalist ( 14 of 63 )
Posted by Kathleen Adams

My post above and Thom's evidently passed each other on the way, and I didn't want to ignore his post.

First, sorry about the "parrot" crack. It was a cheap shot, but so was your "hand-waving and the blindfolds" comment. Also, being a smart-ass is one of my little character flaws, and the chance to retaliate AND make a subtle Starship Titanic reference (I love that parrot) was irresistable. Shall we call it a draw?

Second, I don't think I can explain how my life has led me to God, although goodness knows I'd like to be able to. It's not a question of those goofy-sounding miracles people sometimes cite ("Something told me not to take the bus that day, and so I didn't and it crashed and 30 people died!), it's not dramatic, it's not sudden, it's nothing concrete at all, just a gradual, unrelenting awareness of a Presence. And then life moved on from there. I contend that just because it can't be tasted, touched, measured or quantified doesn't mean it isn't real, you contend (I presume) that that's exactly what it does mean, and therein lies our disagreement. Since we've agreed that "parroting" a writer is OK (just a joke, I swear), you might find C.S. Lewis's Surprised By Joy interesting. It's the story of a man (C.S. Lewis) who started life as a luke-warm Christian, converted (so to speak) to atheism, and then in adulthood found himself an extremely reluctant convert to Christianity. I mention it not because I think it will convert you, but because he describes it s-o-o-o-o much better than I could. You could find some excerpts on the Web somewhere so you wouldn't have to read the whole thing.
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