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  1. Blood

    Have at it, Y'all...

    The author certainly makes it clear that fundamentalist Christianity = political conservatism. The Senate majority is Republicans, and Republicans are the instruments of God's will.
  2. This one is also brilliant!
  3. This sums it all up beautifully. The evolution from "Invisible people in the sky" to "fewer invisible people in the sky" = "rationalism" to primitive modern minds. This is probably the biggest delusion of all.
  4. Blood

    just saying "hey" :)

    That's pretty scary to think about.
  5. I think Gnosticism's pretty interesting, too. The historical/social context of all this is highly elusive, but I think early Christianity was basically a pop culture trend in the first century, not too different than the Egyptomania fad in 19th century Europe, or the spiritualism fad later in the same century. The early ekklesia were philosophy clubs where the Greek Bible was discussed along with philosophy and literature. The Gnostics were on the philosophical side of things and took a cynical view of the world. The people who made up the Latin church were not philosophical; they were lawyers (like Tertullian) interested in establishing a hierarchal chain-of-command in which a Bishop held ultimate authority. The Gnostics were anti-authoritarians. A modern analogy would be Southern Baptists vs. the Quakers. The Southern Baptist theology is based on strict rules, fear, fundamentalism, fear of non-Baptists, obedience, and so on. The Quaker theology is based on a Gnostic-like "inner light" theology, freedom of will, freedom of choice, acceptance of different religions and races, and so on.
  6. I think he did use his real name. This was a couple years back.
  7. There's a guy on the Internet, Tim O'Neill, who does that as a full-time job. He joined this forum once just to bash Carrier, because somebody posted a video.
  8. They will go to great lengths to argue that no, Jesus is totally different from all previous religious deities. I like Herodotus' explanation for the resurrection of Zalmoxis: he built a secret apartment underground and lived there for three years before emerging and announcing that he had returned from the dead.
  9. Blood

    Many gods in Bible

    OK, that makes sense. "According to the number of Elohim." The idea was that there were 72 nations and El-Elyon had appointed one god for each nation. Unfortunately, no list of the 72 god names survives, as far as I know. I'm not sure Yahweh would have even been conceived of yet during the late Bronze/early Iron Age period when this theology was formulated.
  10. Blood

    US climate report

    How dare she disrespect the President like this! These kids today!
  11. Blood

    US climate report

    Trump will ignore the report, both because he's stupid and cannot read. Expect a tweet that says, "US Global Change Research Program is a failing agency made up of Hillary and Obama supporters who hate Trump. Their Climate Asessment (sic) is garbage."
  12. Blood

    Many gods in Bible

    Yes. The article has some good information, despite the author's bias. That's true of a lot of historical writing by Christians.
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    Many gods in Bible

    Good article, despite the unedited OCR scanning making nonsense of non-English word patterns. I didn't quite understand why "Elohim" is rendered as "Myhilox." I was jolted when I reached this passage: "What logical correlation was Moses making when he wrote in verse 8 that God "set the bounds of the people according to the number of the chil- dren of Israel" and then made the concluding observation in verse 9 that "the LORD's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance" (NIV)?" The author believes Moses wrote Deuteronomy? You don't see that assertion made in the scholarly literature very much these days. The author must be a fundamentalist. The article says, "Michael S. Heiser is a Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison." So, fundamentalists who believe Moses wrote the Torah are not just limited to Southern Bible colleges.
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    Many gods in Bible

    Does that refer to the Tower of Babylon? I thought it was just a general statement. Once again, modern English translations are garbage for passages like this because they conflate "Most High," "God, and "Lord," which makes it incoherent. Most High = El-Elyon, the father of all the gods God = Yahweh, one of the sons of El-Elyon So Deu 32 is mixed up. It seems like it should say, "according to the number of the sons of El-Elyon," rather than "sons of God (Yahweh)." El-Elyon was the god with sons, not Yahweh, until New Testament imagineers conceived of that idea. So for this passage to be coherent, the original probably said something like, "according to the number of the sons of El-Elyon / but Yahweh's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage."
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    Many gods in Bible

    I said, you are Elohim You are all sons of El-Elyon But you will die like mere mortals you will fall like every other ruler Rise up, o Yahweh, judge the earth for all nations are your inheritance. This passage makes no sense. Being sons of the Most High God meant that they were immortal. It also clearly shows that Yahweh was conceived of as one of the sons of El-Elyon. Yahweh was the "son of God."