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    I found it odd that the pull I had towards Catholicism as a child could be attributed basically to aesthetic appreciation, and not to any of the Church's dogma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IF3157 View Post
    I found it odd that the pull I had towards Catholicism as a child could be attributed basically to aesthetic appreciation, and not to any of the Church's dogma.
    It's a very flamboyant and ritualistic church. The drama of the Mass (the Eucharistic Prayer, in particular) is readily apparent even to a young child.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF3157 View Post
    I found it odd that the pull I had towards Catholicism as a child could be attributed basically to aesthetic appreciation, and not to any of the Church's dogma.
    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    It's a very flamboyant and ritualistic church. The drama of the Mass (the Eucharistic Prayer, in particular) is readily apparent even to a young child.
    Yes, I have to admit, I'm partly interested in going too just because of the aesthetics, as I try to reground my life.

    People do tend to confuse aesthetics (or at least how something makes them feel) with "exclusive truth" unfortunately.
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    IF3157 has spoken of something which I've long felt... it's a pet (and unoriginal, obviously) theory of mine that people are attracted to certain faiths more due to aesthetic concerns than for their moral understandings... the fact of the matter is that the Big Four faiths (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism... I speak in terms of population and ease of conversion) all share certain core moral beliefs... where they differ in dogma with each other they just as often differ within themselves and various sub-sects... you could establish very similar doctrinal positions coming from any of these, if not other faiths... the issue may be aesthetics... and naturally most people born into a faith tend not to convert to an outside faith because they've become aestheticized, as it were, to a particular set of forms and practices...

    Catholicism offers a very ornate, though to one who has spent any time with it also clear, set of traditions which are easily appreciable even by the Godless... the stupendous churches, the wealth of artwork by Catholics, the long tradition of Gregorian chanting and, in general, Catholic musical forms, the mass of literature by countless world-class intellectuals... what's not to like?

    As someone who tries not to align strictly with any particular faith, I found it quite easy to get lost in Catholic spirituality when I spent time in Firenze (Florence)... and Catholicism, while it can be very doctrinaire, also has a more catholic (!) side to it, as evidenced by someone like St. Francis of Assisi.

    It's unarguably a fantastically rich tradition / set of traditions.
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    It wasn't the aesthetics that drew me in so much as the calisthenics. Kneel, stand, sit, kneel, stand. . . I loved the activity of it all.

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    Hahaha. Catholicism is great, I believe. Mostly because of the universal symbology you can find in the portraits, sermons, rituals, etc. It's like a cosmic dance. Very aesthetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldanen View Post
    Hahaha. Catholicism is great, I believe. Mostly because of the universal symbology you can find in the portraits, sermons, rituals, etc. It's like a cosmic dance. Very aesthetic.
    Yes, which appeals to sensory appetites . . . the sounds, the sights, etc. Yet it is a religion that does not exactly preach appreciation for the pleasures of the flesh. So having aesthetics as its chief appeal is what I found odd.

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    I know that Catholicism is too large for me, and I have not yet explored its beautiful or terrible truths.... (G. K. Chesterton, The Catholic Church and Conversion, Chapter V, "The Exception Proves The Rule")
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    Quote Originally Posted by IF3157 View Post
    Yes, which appeals to sensory appetites . . . the sounds, the sights, etc. Yet it is a religion that does not exactly preach appreciation for the pleasures of the flesh. So having aesthetics as its chief appeal is what I found odd.
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