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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Greta Christina on "Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative"

Started by Grinning Cat 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2014 at 5:08pm

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein, of a Dr. Frankenstenein who created a monster from body parts dug from graves. When the monster came to life, the good doctor hated his creation and spent the rest of his life attempting to destroy the ugly beast. 

This story is Shelley's metaphor for god creating woman, hating her and attempting to destroy her as some kind of a dreadful creature. 

God, created in the minds of man, exists as an instrument of hate and destruction! Biblical fables and myths reflect feelings of entitlement for a chosen people and the destruction of all humans who are different than their prescribed notions. They are willing and able to use whatever means necessary to gain those entitlements. 

That is what we observe today in the conflict between Israel over Palestine, between whites over blacks, between heterosexuals over homosexuals. People who believe they have superiority over other humans, who define people who are different by race, language, culture, gender, and class use whatever means necessary to achieve their ends. 

We see in the financial markets with the machinations of wealth and power, creating a widening gap between rich and poor. 

Religion, used to educate for hierarchical systems, employ unfair, unjust, immoral, unethical means to achieve their end. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 4, 2014 at 12:04pm

Joan, the corollary to that toxic message that women should learn in church "in silence", not even saying "amen" to agree with the preacher, is that evidently the men are thinking with their dicks. That would explain a lot.

(And Bertold, any god who supposedly created queer people, yet wishes us dead, would be a psychopathic jerk, utterly unworthy of respect or worship.)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 4, 2014 at 10:01am

This guy's a real charmer. Women STFU and queers die - the message of the god of love. Oh, wait, that's Venus.

Comment by James M. Martin on December 4, 2014 at 8:08am

@Joan didn't Eisler write a book about sexual politics in pagan pasts. I seem to recall reading or at least consulting (for research on a particular topic) a book she wrote. Just makes common sense that improvement in the life of one benefits the life of the other sex. Shame so many in power cannot see that, frozen as they are in writings from unknown sources anywhere from the 5th century BCE to the 1s century CE. {sigh}

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2014 at 1:49am

O lovely! What a loving religion! What will they do after killing the LGBT people? Reminds me of an old poem:

„Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten, habe ich geschwiegen; ich war ja kein Kommunist.
Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten, habe ich geschwiegen; ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.
Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten, habe ich geschwiegen; ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.
Als sie mich holten, gab es keinen mehr, der protestieren konnte.“[

Martin Niemöller

When the Nazis hunted communists, I said nothing, because I was no communist,

And when they locked up the social democrats, I said nothing, because I was no social democrat,

And when they came for the trade unionists, I said nothing, because I was no trade unionist,

When they came for me, there was no one left who could speak up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2014 at 11:14pm

This man follows the teaching of the bible, including the hatemongering. Isn't the bible supposed to be about love, care, compassion and forgiveness? Not according to bible stories!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2014 at 11:10pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2014 at 8:14pm

I travelled through Greece, Turkey and Crete with Riane Eisler, and then the Scandinavian countries looking at the role of women in these cultures. She developed what she calls, The Caring Economy, that reveals how a nation's economic and political nature impacts the quality of life for women. Ultimately men's quality of life changes for the better as women's quality of life improves. 

Her many books reflect her observations and determines the foundation upon which she builds her philosophy.

Welcome to the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS).

The Power of Partnership: Seven Relationships that Will Change Your....

The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (BK Currents.

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 15, 2014 at 12:46pm

Haven't seen that video Joan.  Thanks.  Two thumbs up for Pat Condell!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 15, 2014 at 5:27am

Thanks, Joan. After playing two Condell clips I picked up my Kindle reader and bought one of his ebooks.

 
 
 

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