Originally posted by dottewell
Has anyone ever fundamentally changed their belief on something because of a post/thread in the spirituality forum?
Anyone been converted? Deconverted? Anti-deconverted?
Anyone learned anything ever?
Without question, and in too many ways to detail. Often by having my head handed to me for sloppy thinking.
My whole spiritual viewpoint has been in a re-forming process for the last three years, largely due to discussions and arguments on here—although that process sometimes now requires that I take a break from here. Since I live something of a quasi-eremitical life in the country, this is the main place that I have to test my thinking in argument.
It was through bbarr that I first began to really dig into the “perennial philosophy” across spiritual traditions, rather than trying to simply find one tradition that I could firmly re-plant myself in. That has opened up vistas. LemonJello has helped a lot with that. No.1 Marauder’s recent studies there have helped me correct some errors.
You helped me immensely on problems of language, ala Wittgenstein. Lucifershammer made me see that even a monist might have (need) recourse to trinitarian-type language (e.g., ground-of-being, power-of-being, being-itself—or form/manifestation of being), which has led me to examine more closely Christian symbology from a “perennial philosophy” perspective.
Dr. Scribbles has helped me get a better grounding in basic logic.
My reading has broadened tremendously, based on recommendations by folks on here (who no doubt know who they are).
Okay—I am leaving a lot
of people out (I trust they know who they are without my mentioning them), so I’ll quit. Suffice it to add that I have benefited from adversaries with diametrically opposed views, as well as those with whom I find myself in closer agreement.