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What is religion and philosophy?


Separation of P/R as a possible direction.
Here is a suggestion for an Announcement in each.

The philosophy section is for anyone that wishes to discuss any and all topics from philosophical perspective.
Members are encouraged to direct their posts to the topic created.
In this section any and all disputes regarding methodology is subject to scrutiny in this section and encouraged.
Disputes regarding specific moderation intervention however should be directed as a PM only

The religion section covers all topics regarding any system, belief or worship of a divine or superhuman power to whom obedience and honour are due.
Members are encouraged to direct their posts to the topic created.
In this section though posted beliefs can certainly be questioned, it is encouraged that posts be respectful to this sections definition.
Disputes regarding specific moderation intervention should be directed as a PM only.

My suggestion is that two sections be created one Philosophy section and one Religion section. I think it would be helpful in that it would create a more equal footing for all members and be actually better for moderation.

I believe that that each section should be treated equally and that no distinction or favour be made regarding usage. Any subject can be discussed in philosophy including religion. The religious section would allow for more respect in regard to the belief simply because the topic of religion calls for it. This would give the moderator an option to determine what topic belongs in what section and move it when required. Although this seems rather simplistic, the action would control the nature of posts regarding moderation difficulties. Any member can post in both sections and receive equal treatment as per moderation.

To further enhance both sections, I suggest that the sticky be removed. In the philosophy section, they set a standard and bias for what the section is about (it is about anything not just religion). This includes Indi post, although very informative, it is one persons opinion and should not reflect the opinion of the entire board. I really believe a sticky is not a good idea in these sections. I suggest rather one announcement for the sections for the purpose of defining just what each section is for.

I believe philosophy is too abstract and controversial to attemp to define philosophy in itself but that a reminder to keep posts on topic and without personal insults can be noted.

I think religion on the other hand should be defined (“The religion section covers all topics regarding any system, belief or worship of a divine or superhuman power to whom obedience and honour are due.”) and serves as a reminder that a lot of people that post in this kind of section do have some kind of personal religious belief therefore that belief should be respected to some degree unlike a philosophy section which can make religious posts more problematic. It does not define this section any differently than any other section except that moderation can be applied more sternly if required in regards to respecting member beliefs and topics can easily be moved into the philosophy section if they are actually more philosophical topics.


Is God real? = P
God is burnt toast = P
God is love = R
God is a monster = P
God is a myth = P
God is in your face = R
Who is God = R
Who is the God of the OT = R
The little's have a voice = S

This does not create any more moderation issues it simply is a tool for putting a into a and b into b.

As a member I can only make suggestions. Whether they are good ones or not or should be adopted is another story? I am sincerely just trying to contribute not attempting to troll or back-seat moderate. - Bluedoll


Well, what do you think philosophy is? Philosophers themselves can't agree on any answer. ... One feature is shared by almost all methods used by philosophers: Philosophers question authorities. Whereas legislators or judges have the authority to declare what the law is, and specific texts determine what is required by some religions, philosophers do not grant any special authority to anyone or anything. Every claim, no matter where it comes from, is subject to scrutiny. Even common sense is not taken for granted, which leads philosophers to put forward some very weird views.

In short, some philosophers feel strongly that the analytic method (especially conceptual analysis) is essential to and defines philosophy—e.g. Jackson (1998), Chalmers (1996), and Bealer (1998). Yet, some philosophers argue that the method of analysis is problematic—e.g. Stich (1998) and Ramsey (1998). Some, however, take the middle ground and argue that while analysis is largely a fruitful method of inquiry, philosophers should not limit themselves to only using the method of analysis.

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