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    From childhood Catholic to lukewarm conservative Christian. But now the spell is broken. I've come to realize I was probably always an atheist by nature.

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  1. That was great @decafaholic! It captures how a lot of people here feel when they look back, I think, but you’ve expressed it so well.
  2. Pinker will probably survive this, but when the mob goes after him, no free-thinking person is safe. This would be a good time to buy one of his books, especially the excellent “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress”, which Bill Gates described as his favorite book ever. https://www.amazon.com/Steven-Pinker/e/B000AQ3GGO/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
  3. EDIT: Never mind. I started to make a comment and then remembered that I almost always regret setting foot in this section.
  4. The ‘idiocracy’ to me is the rapid escalation of the attacks on statues and monuments to include Washington, Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Ulysses S Grant and even Mount Rushmore. It’s become a frenzy. A moral panic. Likewise the frantic ‘canceling’ of whomever is deemed to be insufficiently on board with whatever today’s Woke agenda happens to be.
  5. Joe Biden seems to be working to drive away voters like me with this kind of stuff. I and many others don’t want America “transformed”. We just want a return to a steady hand on the helm.
  6. I took even more time, this time around.... I was not familiar with the presence of a large Somali community in Minneapolis. I wondered what was behind Ilhan Omar’s rise to prominence. I have thought of her as less a representative of the Somali community and more a product of Woke America though. There is a similarly large Somali immigrant population in Columbus, Ohio, which is the nearest big city to me. My wife and I go to one of the shopping centers in Columbus once or twice a year and always see some Somali-looking women in hijab, in a city that is not known for its ethnic diversity. The thought I have had about it is this: although Muslim immigrants seem to assimilate better in the US than they do in Europe, with such a large population of Muslim immigrants in an area it only takes a small handful of Jihadi wannabes to cause problems. I’ve been truly surprised that there have been no more successful attacks on this country on the scale of 9/11. Knock on wood. Do I see Somali immigrants as a threat? All religious fundamentalists are potential threats to personal freedom, to citizens in general and to you and me in particular as infidels. Do I think Donald Trump understands the nature of the threat? Not really. Do I think he has the wherewithal to articulate it and to build a consensus around what to do? Not at all. Trump is good at identifying enemies, real and imagined, but he rarely accomplishes more than firing off some Tweets and enflaming the situation without actually accomplishing anything. As for religious fundamentalism, I think we would be better served by making a strong case for personal freedom and against theocracy, whether it’s Christian or Muslim. Although I generally avoid identifying myself as a “humanist” because the term has become synonymous with leftism and Social Justice crusaders, I am enough of a humanist to regard human lives as valuable, regardless of nationality. As I’ve said before, sometimes there are people who need to be killed; clearly I’m no pacifist. I don’t think Trump cares about anybody but himself. I think that a President Biden would be a steady presence in the White House and would be unlikely to cave to leftist demands. I do worry about his longevity in mind and body and his choice of running mate could influence my vote. Biden could put the election in the bag if he were to pick Condoleeza Rice or even Tulsi Gabbard as his running mate. But that won’t happen. I would prefer that the Republicans hold the Senate. I would rather endure two years of Democratic control (I doubt it would last longer) than see the madness that has seized this country continue and even intensify for another four years. Madness in the media, in academia, among leftists and in our culture. I do think a defeat of Trump is being made less likely by the insanity being displayed in all these areas: condemning Mount Rushmore, taking Independence Day as an opportunity to show hatred for the USA, the NFL talk of playing the “Black National Anthem” at games. If Trump wins in November, these people will have themselves to blame. I seriously doubt I’ve changed your mind, but I appreciate the dialog, Bhim.
  7. According to Wikipedia, the word "firmament" translates shamayim (שָׁמַיִם) or rāqîaʿ (רָקִ֫יעַ), a word used in Biblical Hebrew. Shamayim is translated as "heaven". Rāqîa derives from the root raqqəʿ (רָקַע), meaning "to beat or spread out thinly", e.g., the process of making a dish by hammering thin a lump of metal.[5][6]. No idea how they got “atmosphere” from that. Actually I do have an idea: they thought ‘atmosphere’ would be less embarrassing than ‘solid dome’. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firmament
  8. You may have heard of Martin Luther . Luther famously came to the conclusion that believers are saved by faith in Jesus Christ, not by any works. Luther famously referred to the Epistle of James as “really an epistle of straw” and proposed that it not be taught in schools. Other Christians disagreed and there followed centuries of religious wars in Europe.
  9. Two things about SV... He clearly wanted to fight Satan, but since the guy is rather elusive, he figured we were the closest he could get. It looked like he was commenting on various threads with the goal of getting them moved to the Lions Den. A kind of hack of our forums.
  10. @webmdave, PMFJI but I think you may be reading too much into an offhand comment from @Weezer. Maybe 2020 is getting to ya, the same way it’s getting to a lot of us! Weezer and I and many others show our appreciation for this community and your role in it by being financial supporters. Money talks...
  11. TABA


    Be thankful you don’t have a fear of Hell. Many other people are not so lucky. I never really had a strong belief in Hell myself, which made deconversion quite a bit easier. Roght now I’m reading Bart Ehrman’s book “Heaven and Hell”, which talks about how the concept of life after death evolved through the course of history, ancient, Jewish and Christian. It’s a good read!
  12. I wonder if anybody has read "The Origin of Satan" by Elaine Pagels... https://www.amazon.com/Origin-Satan-Christians-Demonized-Heretics-ebook/dp/B005O1BLU8/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 I have it but it hasn't risen to the top of my reading list yet...
  13. Yeah it’s mind-boggling that such fragile creatures can accomplish anything like that. Quite apart from the navigational skills built into those tiny brains...
  14. I believe I read somewhere that the northbound migration takes several generations but that the southbound journey is made by individual butterflies. Don’t make me Google it.
  15. I watched the documentary yesterday and I think it’s well worth the time and the small rental charge. Thanks to @Hierophantfor bringing this to our attention! I wish I could have sent it to my TV screen via my Roku or Apple TV but I couldn’t see a way to do that and watched it on my iPad. It’s very well done, professional, nicely photographed, entertaining and chock full of information on early Christianity. It covers a lot of the ground that Bart Ehrman covers in “How Jesus Became God”. I thought for a while that I might share it with my wife, who is a believer but is somewhat open to questions about the Bible and Christianity. But I’ve decided this program would be too much coming at her all at once.
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