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  1. pigpjs
    10-16-2014 10:39 AM
    *waves* Hi ^.^ How goes? Just checking in ^.^
  2. chiltie
    10-13-2014 08:46 PM
    How's the semester going?
  3. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 03:50 PM
    I'm off for the night, my linear time stems from another continent
  4. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 03:36 PM
    Open towards...?....
  5. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 03:17 PM
    I meant scholars of comparative religion: often, they have the knowledge but somehow seem to fail to apply it and take it to its logical conclusion. It's a missed opportunity.

    Christians probably feel misrepresented and held accountable for everything but the tsunamis in Pakistan. They may overreact for that reason. Does this contribute to your preference for Eastern religions? The fact that many Christians appear immature?
  6. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 03:07 PM
    I always wonder why, in comparative religion, this is overlooked.
  7. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 02:53 PM
    Looking from a Protestant perspective, you are right: Sola Scripture dictates Bible only, but "I am" was worshipped by the Jews first. They definitely didn't go by 'only-scroll-this-and-that-is-what-we-will-be-working-with'. Not to mention the fact that the Jews lived among polytheist cultures. These polytheist cultures, in turn, share a lot with Eastern philosophies when it comes to rituals and practices.
  8. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 02:25 PM
    'My book' says that Judaism, Christianity and Islam come from the East and are to be understood in an Eastern context. Even though Judaism/Christianity/Islam have been developing in the West, I believe they are best understood with respect to their geographical roots and cultures. Which is why Protestant Christianity is dominant only in Western Europe and the US, it's an adaptation of the Christian model to Western thought. Western thinking is inherently linear.
  9. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 02:02 PM
    The reason I asked is because those three aren't Western, but Eastern in my book That's why I mentioned that systematisation can blur the big picture. When you strip away the systematisation, you can start asking what possibly caused the detraction.
  10. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 01:42 PM
    Never heard of Shin Buddhism, Taoism can be challenging for someone from a non-Eastern tradition since it's about underthinking What do you consider to be Western philosophies?
  11. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 01:21 PM
    Very informative article: it explains by whom Otto was influenced and whom he influenced himself. The description captures my own ideas in general strokes, so you were spot on about that: especially the fact that he uses 'holy' in the classical sense of the word (awe-inspiring). The thing that I would like to add is that I don't really think that schematisation is necessary. To an extent, it can muddle the waters. Is there a particular strand of Buddhism/Shintoism/Hinduism/Taoism you find worthwhile?
  12. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 10:35 AM
    I'm reading an article on Otto and his influences, I'll be back with a comment.
  13. Valhalla
    10-11-2014 07:12 AM
    I don't think it's necessary to define it: as long as you have certain concepts that you can apply in order to gain insight (predictive models aren't really game in social sciences) it's good enough and workable. It wasn't until the nineteenth century, when Hindu practices started being studied academically, that the term 'Hinduism' was coined. But it's not a 'religion' in the way 'Christianity' is. I could give you a definition, but merely for the sake of contextualising, not describing.
  14. Valhalla
    10-10-2014 05:50 PM
    When studying Eastern philosophies/religions (I haven't, by the way) what stands out is that you need to make that shift in order to really understand what it is that they teach. The may use the same words, but with completely different meanings. Not to mention that Eastern religions aren't really religions Maybe move to Japan? I have to go now, unfortunately, but I'll read your response when I get back
  15. Valhalla
    10-10-2014 05:35 PM
    And you've lived in the US since childhood? The fact that it's more collectivistic and places less emphasis on a sense of 'self' was very refreshing to me. How were you acquainted with it, if I may ask?
  16. Valhalla
    10-10-2014 05:18 PM
    Comes with being an introvert and not too bothered with societal structures of small talk, I reckon. What surprised me about myself is that I found Asian cultures so pleasant, even though the way of thinking is completely different from my own.
  17. Valhalla
    10-10-2014 05:09 PM
    It's an interesting culture, there's an extreme side to it. For a non-Japanese, I guess there's a sense of freedom to it. You stand out, whether you like it or not. Is that what you found awkward?
  18. Valhalla
    10-10-2014 05:03 PM
    I just checked the 'Cooking Idol' video and 'Username:666'. The vid you posted has fragments from sex movies, I believe. The cooking doll I got, reminded me somewhat of Dir En Grey (talk about shock rockers, yikes). Didn't you go to Japan a couple of months ago? How was it?
  19. Valhalla
    10-10-2014 04:54 PM
    Has he/she stated why degradation is a big theme?
  20. Valhalla
    10-10-2014 04:45 PM
    Infer away. I'm somewhat curious, especially since his name reminds me of food (pita). I would like some.

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