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My new girlfriend is a Lutheran.
Mon Aug 7, 2017 6:33am (XFF:

I've recently become reacquainted with a girl that I knew in High School. She lives halfway across the country. We've gotten together once for a short weekend, and were almost completely compatible. She's a Lutheran, and last night when we were talking on the phone she said that her two daughters are devoutly religious, while her two sons are now non-believers (they're all in their 20s now).

He youngest son used to argue with her about her faith. "Why do you think the bible is true?", etc.

I told her that I'm not a "militant Atheist" like that, by which I mean that I don't START arguments/debates on religion, but only RESPOND if pressed.

She's coming here to visit this weekend. I'm going to ask her if she wants to go to the nearby Lutheran Church while she's here. I would go with her. I have an intellectual curiosity.

I don't know much about the Lutheran denomination. I've been researching it.

The "Augsburg Confessions" is sort of the foundational document of the Lutheran Church, and spells out in great detail their beliefs. One part of it caught my eye, because of how sanctimonious and arrogant and condescending it is:

"Faith is the mother of a good will and right doing. For man's powers without the Holy Ghost are full of ungodly affections, and are too weak to do works which are good in God's sight."

So if you don't have faith in god, jesus, and the holy ghost, you are incapable of doing "good works".

That is obviously incorrect. I have ZERO belief in ANY deities. And yet I do more "good works" than a lot of the religious people that I know.

Hopefully this won't be a tremendous obstacle for us to overcome. I don't think it will be. I've told her that I was married to a Catholic for 24 years and regularly attended Church and had no problem with it.

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