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  1. Recent tests indicate that modern humans share at least 98.5 percent DNA with Neanderthals. What might this finding say about the Genesis creation story? https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/29/eabc0776 https://nypost.com/2021/07/17/humans-neanderthals-share-up-to-98-5-percent-dna-study/
  2. And there's a part 4. Be aware that this series is wrapped in a Christian post-Amish message.
  3. This fascinates me because it was respectfully produced by a former Amish family. The Amish are interesting to me because of the abundance of self-created stricture based on nothing more than their tradition. To my thinking, the Protestant and Catholic churches are different only in the particulars of that self-created stricture. "...excommunication and shunning is the fabric which holds the Amish culture together" "tradition is a very strong horse. It will carry you a long way.." "...when he preached, he preached fear." "...we went to a lot of trouble to live simple" "...the beachy amish were allowed to have cars, but the cars had to be painted black" Part 1 Part 2
  4. Given the human propensity for myth and story-telling, why would any honest human being expect anything else?
  5. https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/november-web-only/dead-sea-scrolls-bible-fakes-forgeries-frauds.html
  6. Is that a topic for a different thread? "What are the most absurd or outrageous claims made by any of the various religions?".
  7. I try to see it (Christianity, Mormonism, etc ) in the context of human beings' propensity for myth and story-telling. That's the only way I can make any sense of it all. I am convinced that it's all the consequence of facing our mortality and the fragility of human life. Maybe with our modern ability for record-keeping and worldwide cross-cultural communication we will move past that.. in another thousand years or so. If we survive as a species that is. Personally I doubt I'll ever move past the inner disappointment and shame that I fell for it (Protestant Christianity) too. In the real world being wrong in your core belief almost always comes at a price in lost energy, time, material resources, or even your mortal life.
  8. If you have ever encountered those of the Mormon belief, it can be an interesting experience. This video is an overview of the Mormon church, told by some former members, converts, and various researchers. (including Brigham Young's great-great granddaughter, now an ex-Mormon apostate) "proxy-baptism for the dead" ??? This stuff is even more fun than snake-handling.
  9. I miss this place for a few days and you guys put together some of the best most interesting insights I've ever encountered. May be a message there for me somewhere..
  10. You mean there was in fact no magic talking serpent? I am truly surprised to know this.
  11. I enjoy falling on my knees and conversing with my secret imaginary friend. He's omnipotent, all-knowing, and all-seeing. Other times I just sit and contemplate the lint in my belly-button.
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