Worldwide mindful humans struggle with their heartfelt protection of separation of church and state and yet the questions of division continues. Humanity, individuals and groups, have been totally involved for thousands of years in attempting to identify just what separation of church and state actually means. Most of us acknowledge that myths are defined as views related to legends regarding our opinions of various subjects. However, politically, religiously and spiritually there are so many conscious choices that tug at our minds and hearts that definitions become cumbersome. Have you ever been skeptical of your own views and opinions related to separation of church and state? www.gotquestions.org
Religious, Spiritual, and Skeptical questioned viewpoints are not easy topics to discuss without exposing our own beliefs or bias, and the caution of stepping on protected areas in public and personally private discussions. One example of a historical legendary doubting skeptic was Socrates. He seemed to question philosophies of his time to bring reason to his own value system. One resource about him might be; The Socratic Method and Doctrine on 20-20 site Copyright © 2011 LoveToKnow Corp., All Rights Reserved .
Socrates, to some, was a wise skeptic whose journey in life appeared to be a “questioner” of all philosophies but to other’s he was not a philosopher but an educator. He was known by some to create doubts regarding “ value teachings.” Still others refer to him as less than a philosopher, skeptic, and educator but just an “judger” of fundemental ideas. How do we, as mortal humans, discuss senstivie and reasonable doubts including critical questioning of our own existence related to politics and faith or the lack thereof? Most of us were raised not to discuss religions, spirituality, atheism, or politics in public and even within our family. What do you think is appropiate discussion of these topics?
The following is a 5WH’s quiz for readers to take privately and/or put your thoughts and ideas on this article comment section to answer this article’s questions.Some ideas of how to question our own doubts would be to use the 5 Wh’s process. Most of us had the privilege of learning the 5WH’s in elementary school; as Who, What, Where, When, and Why format of questioning. Perhaps, the following examples using the 5WH’s may assist in helping all of us ask ourselves these sensitive questions, gain resources for answers, and make reasonable decisions regarding our views of worldly separations of Church and State historically and thus open dialogues of church vs state topics. www.ACLU.com
Readers would you please read the following quiz questions and if you choose answer them on the comment section of this article, email this author, or keep your answers private but comment are your ideas of church vs state dialogues, and perhaps choose to share this quiz with those you trust. Thank you
The following questions include but are not limited to resources listed.
Example A: Using the 5wh questions: What?, Who?, Where?, When?, How? and , Why?
1). What do the terms Church, Temple, Worship Place, Fellowship mean to you?
2). What does Secular involve? www.secular.com
3). Please give your pro and con of separation of church and state in you community;
4). What are the myths of religious, secular, and spiritual separations?
5). Is the separation of church vs state an illusion?
6). How can church and state advocates come together in nonviolent dialogues?
My sincere thanks for viewing this article and particpating in our dialogue related to the separation of church and state. Your participation and comments with help reunite us in our love humanity so that we can nonviolently discuss our differences peacefully and dedicate ourselves to have civility regardless of how sensitive heartfelt topcs can become for each of us in today’s society. thanks, Annmarie