Posted By Steve Hollenbach
So...I picked out a few choice words and lent my spin to them for your consideration. I think it would be best to maintain the original and just write in any opposing or additional remarks. If you'd like to add a word and how you define it that would be great food for thought for the rest of us.
It would be interesting to see where we agree and where we depart on simple definitions.
I wrote these from a secular standpoint to maintain a little distance, but my own beliefs might be showing. I tried to stay away from the Webster's version and stick to what I remember or imagine these to be. Dive right in...
God: A supreme-being or entity having exclusive and infinite knowledge and power. Generally considered to be a divine or supernatural creator.
Religion: An organization or group claiming a collective belief in a theological ideology.
Dogma: An established or identified record of rules, laws, customs or history adopted by a religious group or an individual.
Truth: Descriptions of factual events as they occurred as near to absolute fact as possible and without embellishment. “Generally Accepted Truth” can be facts that are indisputable until a better explanation is discovered. However this commonly held definition lacks absolute factuality. “Truth” can be by overwhelming evidence, or if undiscovered, facts that are not yet known, but that are sought after.
Belief: Trust in the truth of an idea, ideology, ability, fact or artifact, with or without supporting evidence, but with some explanation. (Usually an individual activity)
Faith: Trust in the truth of an idea, ideology, ability, fact or artifact, usually without supporting evidence, and not necessarily requiring explanation.
Conscience: That part of an individual personality or thought process that questions one own thoughts words and deeds.
Soul: A unique individual personality associated with one person (or possibly an animal). This is typically both identity and history of a person, their memories and methods of thinking and behaving. Said to be what is judged.
That's about it for now.
Add some more.