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Comment by Patricia on June 24, 2013 at 12:48pm

I printed the 'why won't god heal amputees' a few years ago, to read whenever I like.

Comment by Patricia on June 24, 2013 at 12:43pm

I was in that group for a few months Joan, but it's not for me.

Comment by booklover on June 24, 2013 at 9:13am

Comment by booklover on June 24, 2013 at 9:12am

Love the comic-strip Ian!

Well everyone, my daughter is doing well on her "new" (it's an old one that worked for her) med.  She has decided not to return to her University.  She wants to live in Chicago!  She is making lists and plans and knows it won't happen at least until after Thanksgiving.  We haven't told my husband yet.  Carl!!  Do you want to adopt her?!!!! ;)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 24, 2013 at 9:11am

Calvin has a point, Ian! (Throughout Calvin and Hobbes, he certainly exuberantly relishes the moment!)

"Suppose this is all we get" is addressed beautifully in Why Won't God Heal Amputees -- Chapter 28 is a good starting point for those who don't need to be convinced that God is imaginary and death is real.

The author also sees the prospect of churches minus delusion as a good thing, at the end of Chapter 30:

Having recognized that God is imaginary, what happens to churches? [...] They continue to exist because they perform a useful function. [...] communities of people who enjoy each others' company, who help one another in times of need, and who focus on goodness and good deeds for the benefit of society as a whole. What's not to like about that?

A few "unchurches" like this already exist, including the "atheist church" in London, and Humanistic Jewish and Ethical Culture groups. (Too bad the word "synagogue" already has a theistic meaning: even though etymology doesn't fix the meanings of words, I'd rather have a positive word from "bringing people together" than a negative definition from "not the house of the Lord".)

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 7:35am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:56am

Patricia, I have been spending a lot of time on "Politics, Economics and Religion". You might want to take a peak, but it is not a place to go for fun and games. I focus on issues of importance to me. It is not a very popular site, but I don't care, I just want to have my say. 

I come here to refresh and renew. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:52am

You probably have heard of the Banshee, the old Irish scream that comes out of the night that foretells an eminent death. Banshee and Sheelanagig have the same root word. 

Banshee 

Sheelanagig

The Sheelanagig celebrates woman's sensuality. That is what May Day is all about, a gigantic sex orgy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:48am
Oh Ruth, you should have been on the trip with feminists to Ireland, looking for ancient goddess sites. The Paps were really interesting when connected to the stories Padraigin McGillicuddy told in her Gaelic accent. We did a bit of the old Irish dancing and singing, learned a few ancient songs.
We found an ancient Shelanagig carving on a very very old ... temple isn't the correct word, but a building used during the days of Leprechauns and fairy circles. When Patrick came to Ireland he had all the Shelanagig's destroyed. He saw them as obscene, I guess. They were just a primitive people expressing their appreciation for the finer things of life. As so often happens, one spiritual faith destroys any remnant of an earlier faith.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:30am
Angela, what a nice trip you describe. Flying with your daughter must give some kind of thrill, maybe a bit of anxiety? Love the serendipity of bread and jam.
 

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