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Ravenstar last won the day on August 4 2015

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  1. I have just found out about BAA. I am deeply saddened by his passing. He was one of those whose posts I greatly looked forward to, and I learned a lot from him. He gave of himself, freely. As Florduh said: This site is diminished... I will remember him.
  2. God says himself that he is the author of evil... to deny this is to deny your own scriptures... without which there would be no knowledge of this god, hence you are NOT a believer. Twist it any way you wish... the truth of it stands... you cherry pick and spin it to fit YOUR inner desire for a god that reflects you, not what the scriptures say - in clear language.
  3. Yes, very. I wasn't born into it... but in my defense, I got into religion during puberty, so effectively clinically insane.
  4. Most christians aren't just biblically illiterate, they are functionally illiterate. At least as far as I have seen.
  5. Wait!!!!.. what about the archetypes/symbology of chaos, water, trees, gardens, dragons and serpents?!!! and how 'creation' and the fight between 'creator' and dragon/serpent and the dispensation of knowledge is a deep mythological and subconscious tale explaining the rise to consciousness of mankind... and how the monotheists subjugated/demonized the goddess creatrix with their changes in the myths/legends? Oh.. wrong chapter... never mind, carry on.... I'll jump in later
  6. The lengths a mind will go to avoid the prospect of death... wow. Somehow, it seems to me that these people really don't understand what death is... it's like way deep down they really think they will just keep on living... whether in an ideal state or in pain (and of course, to them, that means we all will). Oblivion doesn't seem to make it into their consciousness at all. All this myth-making, myth exaggeration and imagination run wild just attests to the state of a subconscious utter abnegation of the prospect of death. It's all very ego-driven. I find it fascinating in a weird way... following the evolution of their myths over the ages, and this century especially. It's denial and projection on an epic psychological and sociological scale. It's very dangerous to the survival of our species (and many others) though. sad
  7. There's a huge difference between appreciation and a smile, and being leered at. The difference is not difficult to discern. Staring is rude. Many men leer, though I'm not sure if all of them are aware of it all the time. I find it very intrusive and uncomfortable to be leered at or stared at...I always have, and I'm always pleasantly gratified when I see their surprise when I will stare them down. I don't think a lot of men are used to a woman who can meet them in the eye. It's a weird cultural phenomenon... and I've been observing it closely for a while now. It's kind of fascinating in an icky way. But... the number of over 40 men who stare at my 16 year old daughter is disgusting... they hardly notice that I am there, but when they do... and I'm giving them the death look back.. they quickly look away or down, obviously abashed, they know they crossed the line. I've publicly confronted a few of the worst. The most idiotic and over the line are the ones in their cars...(like they think we can't see them...?) even when with their wives/girlfiends... ya, I really don't understand how they think that's remotely okay. My daughter is completely creeped out by these older guys...(actually her words is they make her want to puke - she's not one to mince words) however I have raised her to stand up for herself and she has no problem telling them to fuck off if she feels uncomfortable. Although we are both confident people.. we also both suffer from anxiety too - and there are times when this adds to the social discomfort - but men who leer never seem to consider that someone else may be having a rough time, or not want their attention - they seem to be only interested in their own personal gratification. It's about selfishness and objectification in that sense. Sometimes us women just want to go about our business without dealing with it and I think more men need to consider that, and try to be less intrusive - politeness counts...invading another's personal space is highly impolite.
  8. Okay... I have to bring my knowledge in here... the HALO is a representation of the suns rays, it's origins are in worship of the sun god, or various sun gods. It was appropriated.. as were a lot of things, by later christian artists, to show 'holiness'. Christians began to use it in around 400AD. ~ Typically surrounding a godly or enlightened person, a halo represents holiness. Christian artists believed that the halo was symbolic of the light of grace bestowed by God. Before the rise of Christianity, pagans used halos to signify not only divine influence but also power, majesty or prominence. In Roman times, emperors were depicted with halos. Even in the Christian Era, the symbols were used for famous personages until 1600 AD when Pope Urban III forbade the use of the nimbus for persons who are not at least beatified. They have also been placed around men of genius, presumably to represent divine inspiration. It is possible to generalise the halo's symbolization then: the divine, the magnificent in man, the majestic, greatness, the power that comes from within or that inspired from outside, the ideal of glory projected onto a being by the artist. When we talk about the rise and fall of halos then, we are really talking about the rise and fall of the artistic conception of the divine, of glory, spirituality, and of majesty. We are talking about a massive change in zeitgeist using our small example of the halo to illustrate this. Though the halo is traditionally associated with Christianity, its beginning can be found long before Christ was born. Use of halos seems to have existed hand-in-hand with Egyptian sun and Bull worship. Cults that have worshipped bulls have been traced back to as far back 3000 BC. The Apis bull demonstrates early use of a halo-like symbol. "Egyptians halos, usually depicted as a large sun-coloured sphere, are different from our modern day conception of the halo: a hollow ring hovering above an angel's head. Egyptian art is filled with halos and finding examples of them is not difficult. Halos were handy ways to differentiate deities from ordinary mortals in art. ~Halos in Western Art Says Frederick Goodman in his book Magical Symbols: "The 'halo', which is ultimately derived from the magical symbolism of the Egyptians ... is almost like a sun, and, symbolically speaking, may be considered to be the equivalent of a small and radiant sun, streaming forth spiritual light." http://www.britannica.com/art/halo-art The Roman Empire, hard on the heels of the Greeks, also adopted the symbol of the halo. With the ascension of Antoninus Pius around 100 AD, Roman emperors began to use the halo in imperial coins. A coin is called 'nimbate' when it is adorned with a halo. http://www.britannica.com/topic/mandorla Has anyone noticed that the mandorla is shaped like a vagina? Art is fun, and artists are sarcastic fuckers who love to use symbolism to say more than one thing at time... I would know
  9. I agree that the statistics are extremely recent. It's a new science. BUT... should we wait until we have hundreds of years of data? hmmmm not sure that is a great idea.
  10. I think I've been slowly deconverting since I was about 25 or 26.. so the better part of a quarter of a century, but my path was quite convoluted - going through several incarnations of varieties of christianity and then other forms of spirituality. However when I really look back I've had doubts since the beginning—I just didn't recognize them. This probably fueled my interest in history, comparative religion and the exploration of various spiritual paths and supernatural investigation. It wasn't until maybe 5 years ago that I finally starting considering that it was ALL bunk, and not until 2 years ago that I began identifying as a non-believer.
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