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Orbit last won the day on January 17 2015

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About Orbit

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    Meditation, Tao Te Ching, Science, Art, Music, Mystic Panentheism, Advaita Vedanta
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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?

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  1. Why do Christians hate the flesh so badly?

    It's the nature of tribal societies. Hebrew tribes said menstruating women were unclean, for example--it carries down to this day.
  2. you should drop by chat sometime

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      They took the chat away O, where are y'all chatting?


  3. Nature of reality

    All we have is our senses, and our brains....
  4. People are all different in some ways, but as humans we share more characteristics than we differ on. There is nothing there that points to Xtianity, though. Unless you mean that Xtianity breeds tolerance, but that isn't true for fundamentalist Xtians at all---quite the opposite.
  5. Economic equality? Social equality? Equality of opportunity? What equality are you talking about?
  6. What Do You Think Of Satanism?

    RE: The OP Not much.
  7. Preference for Altars?

    I've got an altar with Saraswati (Hindu goddess of music, art, and education), and two versions of the Bodhisatva of compassion, Kuan Yin and Avelokitesvara. I also have Buddhist rosary beads there, a candle in a yellow lotus holder, and an incense burner. Not exactly traditional, but it serves my purposes.
  8. Dave (webmdave) has graciously given me permission to pursue a research project on the extimonies. I've been on the forums a few years now, and I'm a sociologist by trade. When the forums went down, I was concerned that the extimonies would be lost--I think they are very valuable for people deconverting. After the forums came back up, I had an idea. Why not do a sociological analysis of the extimonies? What would this mean? Using data mining software to get aggregate statistics like how many male/female, ages, country/states, issues faced, and emotional tone of posts. I would then randomly sample about 100 of the 2,000+ extimonies and analyze them more closely to shed light on the deconversion experience. Perhaps patterns will emerge that show different paths to deconversion, different types of reasons/challenges. I would share the results back to ex-c for comments before publishing in a sociology journal. It's a way to let people outside the forum know that they are not alone. Why? Because having one report on all the extimonies might be helpful to people deconverting, and be of interest to the secular community. It also helps correct a pro-xtian bias in the sociology of religion. What I wouldn't do: name the site, or any people/screen names/any info that would identify someone. Anyone who doesn't want their extimony to be involved can opt-out, and I wouldn't use it if it came up in the random sample. If you want to opt-out, let me know. Thanks, Orbit
  9. Moral law

    Humans construct everything in society. They collectively decide what law is, where it applies, and to whom. The earliest known law is the Code of Hammurabi, and it was written by men, at the behest of their king. All law, moral or otherwise, comes from people. Why do humans construct law? To prevent disputes/murder/revenge and to keep the social order, in any given time period.
  10. Moral law

    All law is a human construct. You're welcome.
  11. The American Scientific Affiliation

    I ran across this today and found it interesting. Some scientists-turned-theologians have started a trend called "critical realism". Can we still call them scientists? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theological_critical_realism Note: I'm not endorsing the premise, but thought it interesting in light of the OP.
  12. The American Scientific Affiliation

    It's an organization for the few who follow "intelligent design" imo. It's not a recognized and respected science organization. In fact, most people would think the 'ASA" refers to the American Sociological Association (asanet.org) which is a respected social science organization. I would call this a Christian "front" organization, with a probably very small, wingnut membership.
  13. About Clubs

    There's a green rectangle on the right that says "Start a Club" after you click the Clubs tab at the tob right of all the tabs.
  14. I'm having a panic attack

    My strategy with this, with my mom who believes all kinds of End Times nonsense (and that the Presbyterians are a lost tribe of Israel) is simply to not react. Just an uninterested "uh huh". I just let her say whatever nonsense she wants, because it would be an utter waste of time to try and convince her otherwise. I suggest the same with your dad.
  15. Is Righteousness a Mechanism

    The age of the Earth isn't going to change. It's been established. Perhaps we will get more accurate, but the difference is not going to be in favor of the version in the Bible. The way the universe came to be is not the way Genesis says, and while science may have competing theories about how it did originate, all of them point away from it happening in 6 days. Science already shows the Biblical explanations for these things is impossible, and a "new" science that agrees with the Bible will not emerge, because the facts don't point that way. Your argument that our ability to make measurements with science will change is true, it will, but it will BUILD on existing discoveries, as science does--it won't go backwards. You can't seriously say the Earth was created in 6 days, or that some future "science" will say it was when there is a mountain of evidence that declares that to be impossible.