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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 18 hours ago. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 1:13pm

Ian, I saw my first opera (Tales of Hoffman) when I was 13 while visiting relatives in Cincinnati.  A great experience.  Wonderful spectacle.  As an adult, I've had season tickets to the opera on occasion, but that was many years ago.  I still remember having tears in my eyes in the final act of Bellini's 'Norma' when Norma dies.  It was stunningly beautiful and emotional.  

Ian, an interesting tidbit from the documentary:  Paul was against (or, at times, neutral) about circumcision being a requirement for Gentiles (the Pagans) who wanted to join the early Jewish followers of Jesus'.  For Jews, circumcision was a biblical requirement.  The Greco-Roman pagans thought of circumcision as a horrible and appalling practice.  Could Pagans join with Jews in worshiping a Jewish Messiah without having to adhere to all the Mosaic biblical laws?  Paul seemed to think they could.  Of course, this would become just one of many riffs which eventually caused a split between the two groups.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 11:42am

The cat/batman pic is hilarious. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 18, 2012 at 11:40am

I'm a recent convert to opera. Have seen 4, all by Mozart. Figaro is the best. Planning on seeing "Tosca" next year in Feb.

Saw a documentary on the early Xtians a few years ago. They were divided into 2 groups, one in Jerusalem led by James/Jakov "Jesus' brother" and one led by Paul, which had the policy "don't upset the Romans". The Jewish uprising of 67 - 69 CE lead to the crushing of James's faction, leaving a clear field for the Pauline doctrine.

Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 11:27am

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 18, 2012 at 6:08am

Great stuff FA, I love that kind of stuff.

Ian, Mozart is marvelous. Never had the pleasure of attending an opera, something to continue to look forward to.

Getting ready for work, will be home late, again. Until then, some Sunady funnies. Enjoy.

Ya'll have a fantastic day.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 12:37am

Ian, that must have been marvelous.  Mozart's music is fantastic, especially that opera. 

Today I watched the full four-hour PBS Frontline documentary 'From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.'  (1998)  It was very interesting.  It didn't address the issue of whether Jesus existed or not, but focused on how the beginnings of the christian church started as a sub-group within the Jewish community, which was itself a sub-group within the Roman empire.  Very interesting information about how the current political and social climate influenced each of the gospel writers during the different times they were written, which greatly explains many of the differences, omissions, embellishes and contradictions of each gospel.  (Inspired word of god, my ass!!)

This documentary finishes by just barely delving into the beginning of the fourth century CE when the Roman emperor Constantine converted to Christianity.  It's a sweeping overview of how the early christian church grew and came to power.  A fascinating story that was very engaging.  If you like history and the history of religion, I recommend viewing it.   

I give it two horns up.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 17, 2012 at 11:41pm

Doing fine thanks, Steph. Was at the opera yesterday and saw Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". A pleasure from begining to end.

How about you?

Comment by Steph S. on November 17, 2012 at 10:33pm
What a cool GIF Ruth!
What an amazing trick! Or stunt!
How's everyone doing this weekend?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 17, 2012 at 10:14pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 17, 2012 at 9:51pm

 

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