Orbit

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Orbit last won the day on January 17 2015

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  1. Yeah, sadly this is what we go through, and it's really painful to realize that there's no one there to hear those prayers. Hang in there, it gets better with time.
  2. I always wondered why if Christians have better morals, why are most of the people in our prisons Christian?
  3. So @Christforums you say you are not here to evangelize. What then do you hope to accomplish? I still think you don't understand the premise of this website. We were all fervent Christians at one point; many clergy and lay leaders among us, and many with a deep knowledge of theology. What exactly is it that you think you're telling us that we have not already crawled our way out of through logic and reason?
  4. Got it. You have no evidence that doesn't derive from circular reasoning.
  5. So you are what I would characterize as "fundamentalist". You might not like it, but it's good enough for me. So let's get down to basics. What evidence do you have that God exists? The Bible does not count as evidence, that is begging the question (a logical fallacy where the conclusion is contained in the assertion). In other words, no circular reasoning allowed.
  6. I hate to break it to you but Satan doesn't exist. Satan (and demons) are mythological figures. And oddly, you claim to know what Satan thinks. That's a little strange. Are you sure you're thinking straight?
  7. How is Reformed Presbyterian different from Presbyterian Church USA? Just curious. Are you more of a Bible literalist? More of a predestination view? Calvin on steroids?
  8. I was actually a pretty mellow xtian. I wasn't evangelical, and didn't really care what other people did. But mine is the "liberal xtian" experience, so it's a little less "culty". I was a fervent believer, but had the attitude about other people that it was "between them and God".
  9. Easter? Personally I get shitfaced on red wine while singing along to Jesus Christ Superstar. YMMV
  10. Note: I'm replying to the OP here, not to anything subsequent. I'm a sociologist by trade, and we have a definition for cults. It goes like this: 1. Charismatic leader 2. Controls every aspect of members' lives (finances etc) 3. Discourages members from associating with non-members (cutting off friends and family) 4. Outlandish beliefs I don't think "cult" is the right term for the thinking at Evergreen. I think it is worth keeping in mind that Evergreen State College was founded in the 70s as a RADICAL educational institution, and they still have the same mission. Radicals are by definition not in the mainstream. I think using them as the example for anyone who is concerned with social justice is a bit off the mark. Personally I see both positions in this kerfluffle, they both have a point (in a radical context). But I don't think that Evergreen in any way stands for any mainstream liberal political position, or any mainstream conservative position (on the other side). They are a curious radical experiment in education, that's all-- and I would put the whole thing in that perspective. There are plenty of conservative universities (Liberty University) that provide the counterpoint, but I don't see myself taking them seriously either.
  11. Liberal Christians can be just as fervent in their belief in God as fundamentalists are. Just sayin. There are just different challenges in deconversion for the two. Liberal xtians have a hard time because of a tendency to rationalize and get new agey; and fundies have a hard time because of the social immersion and rigid dogma.
  12. How could you cover it on your podcast not having seen it? Puzzled....
  13. The "Get a life" part is delicious irony.