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Moonobserver

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    Political science, history, philosophy, theology, the Arts, the Humanities and the Red Green Show
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    I've also been into Star Trek since I was a kid, but I think what they did with the Klingon makeup was just silly.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
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  1. I wasn't here when you started, but here's hoping that your homecoming is pleasant and beneficial. Talk of the weird can be good; the very phenomenon of existence can be the weirdest thing of all to contemplate.
  2. The Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment means that houses of worship are exempt from paying taxes and, in return, they refrain from political activity like telling their congregants how to vote in public elections. That's the trade-off. When someone tells you that they don't believe in the separation of church and state, ask them if their church has been paying its taxes.
  3. Heylel, latinized as "Lucifer", was Isaiah's nickname for Nebuchadnezzar. Any entity who sincerely tried to overthrow a deity whom he knew to be omnipotent would have to be found not guilty by reason of insanity.
  4. Yet those "accidents" are absolutely essential when those with bad reactions to them ask for them to be left out, which must make gluten an "accidental essence".
  5. There's another rabbi by the name of Michael Skobac who has given some interesting presentations on the rhetoric of Christian missionaries.
  6. I had numerous God moments during my Christian period, and I took them specifically as "Jesus" moments. But I have had numerous God moments since perceiving the weaknesses in the Jesus story and, looking back, it seems to me that even those "Jesus" moments, being what I expected at the time, were preparing me for a deeper understanding of things. I read somewhere that the Universe responds as we expect it to, and I think there may be something to that.
  7. Joy to the world! The Sun returns, To warm the Earth again! The winter's night Now giveth way To leaf and bud and blade, To leaf and bud and blade, To leaf, to leaf and bud and blade!
  8. As deeply disgusted as most of us are with him, collectively we can't bring ourselves to admit that our beloved system is broken; we're too deeply enamoured of the notion that it can never fail. In addition, our corporate media slavishly bullhorn our two-party-dominated political system as the only game in town and keep our flabby minds in thrall with their exaltation of shiny-object entertainment. They pander to both our childish pride and our addiction to comfort, and their efforts are embarrassingly effective.
  9. Abortion is a big one, but the legalization of same-sex marriage sent them into a tizzy as well.
  10. Harmless? https://brookings.edu/research/the-moral-and-policy-failures-of-immigration-detainee-vaccination-policy/
  11. Their excuse for him is that "God uses imperfect people". Every time they say that, I want to throw 2 Corinthians 6:14 at them: "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness?" They certainly use that one often enough about others.
  12. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/12/19/politics/christianity-today-op-ed-trump-removal-office/index.html
  13. At the same time, the Soviet Union wasn't exactly what you could call a shining utopia.....
  14. When Descartes got to that point, he went all the way back to the basic foundation: "Cogito, ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am) and went from there. It sounds to me like that's the point you've reached. I believe that he worked back out to a fairly traditional belief, but that doesn't mean that you have to. The word "religion" is thrown around rather loosely, but there's a significant distinction to be made between theological belief and *organized* religion. The main thing, I think, is to avoid sliding into a position of dogmatic certitude on ANYTHING whatsoever. And
  15. When Descartes got to that point, he went all the way back to the basic foundation: "Cogito, ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am) and went from there. It sounds to me like that's the point you've reached. I believe that he worked back out to a fairly traditional belief, but that doesn't mean that you have to. The word "religion" is thrown around rather loosely, but there's a significant distinction to be made between theological belief and *organized* religion. The main thing, I think, is to avoid sliding into a position of dogmatic certitude on ANYTHING whatsoever. And
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