Foundationist Church?

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  1. Dave the Web

    Dave the Web Well-Known Member

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    I have been looking around the site (at what you actually have up) and noticed a piece in your general articles section, which refers to a Foundationist Church. I have not yet read all of the article, but it does cause some concern. I joined this site believing that I would be among open-minded people, without fear for questioning any accepted norm or practice. I would be disppointed if the aim of this site was simply to create a sect, a cult, or other schismatic group centered around a central figure.

    What say you, Brian?
     
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    May I state immediately that in no way whatsoever is this site intended, in whole or in part, to promote any form of organised belief system, doctrine, or similar - all of which are anathema to basic Foundationist principles. This is intended only as an information site, where open-minded people may indeed discuss. I would actually be quite horrified at the idea of an organisaed body coming into existence - that is the gateway to political manipulation and self-serving personal goals.
     
  3. brian

    brian Administrator Admin

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    Btw - I was actually tempted to e-mail Sean and ask him if he would consider editing the article to remove all reference to "church" or other form of organisation. I figured that would be unnecessary, though, and believe the piont of the article is not a call for organised belief, but instead of freedom of belief.
     
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    You say that there is no orgnaised body involved with this site, yet what is this I see before my name? Neophyte? I fear you have established a system of titles that may confuse this issue.
     
  5. exastra

    exastra Established Member

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    one of the definitions of a church is: "The clerical profession; clergy; congregation". it is in this sense that i intended the word to be used. it is not a strictly Christian reference. While the Foundationist Church may be orgnized-- an organization, it in no way promotes an organized religion. what it does promote is an openminded and honest exploration of all beliefs to reconcile differences and focus on commonalities.
     
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    Sounds like the Unitarian Universalists! ;)
     
  7. Dave the Web

    Dave the Web Well-Known Member

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    I am not against a Foundationist organisation as such. After all, I am sure that there are atheist and theist organisations of all types who have no doctrine. Or perhaps some do. Nevertheless, the use of the term Church did seem a little provocative. Since it is declared that this site promotes no doctrine or organised belief system then I rest more easily. I shall feel moer comfortable now.
     
  8. exastra

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    the difference between a Foundationist and a Unitarian Universalist is that the former seeks to know, while the latter accepts the not knowing. one is questing while the other is resting.
     
  9. brian

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    Ah, now that is a good distinction. :)

    Personally, I'd like to broaden the use to be inclusive of them, though. ;)

    Note sure how the UU stand on doctrine - they have a reputation for being very open-minded, but they are still essentially a Christian sect.
     
  10. Dave the Web

    Dave the Web Well-Known Member

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    I am not sure if the Unitarians even know what they believe in anymore. :-
     

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