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The Religious Case Against Belief by James P. Carse
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Aug 22, 11

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Read from February 07 to July 08, 2010

The first section, on belief systems, is far more compelling than his section on religion. Unlike his Finite & Infinite Games, which clearly lays a good case for both's necessity, Carse has more difficulty parsing out what is religious versus what is poetic. Particularly after the thrashing of belief systems, it is hard to swallow that religion beyond poetry is necessary or desirable at all. I would agree that religion is best understood as poetry, but I'd go farther than Carse & say that is all it needs to be - no need for institutions to create rules or boundaries for their sustainability. The best poems live as long or longer than any religion without any belief system around them.
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