"Well I have thought about that certainly. I was raised in fundamentalist congregations, first presbyterian (not mainstream PCUSA), and then 'reformed' episcopalian (as in, "no gay or women priests allowed") before I stopped…"
"Seriously crazy as it may sound but the best evidence to me would be an actual presence. If god were talking to me and to everyone else (it's not quite the same if you're the only one!) and commanding us and all other sorts of old…"
"Fortunately, and contrary to the traditional pairing of conservitism and capitalism, the commercialism so inherent now in our biggest holidays has led to many of them not even nearly resembling what their religious origins have pnce implied.…"
"In that sense it makes perfect sense. I didn't do a lot of challenging either in my youth. Of course there were repercussions which no doubt discouraged it (in my case at least). Fortunately, there was an internal challenge to what I was being…"
"Not yet, but it has been on my 'to read' list for a while now. In fact, it's been moving up in priority lately due to the main theme of the book, ideas I've encountered lately, and their reflection of my own life.
For example, a…"
Some aspects of my own relationships to family members parallel what you say here somewhat. I have not yet explicitly told my sister or father that I am an unbeliever, but some of our discussions have touched on topics that would have them…"
"I can definitely relate to those feelings. I was brought up fundy also, in an offshoot of mainstream presbyterian. One of the key factors to my own 'conversion' was remembering how I shyed away from proclaiming my belief, how I never…"
""Both have a something from nothing type of instant universe creation,
the big bang on the one hand and 6 days on the other."
I'm no physicist but I am under the impression that a singularity, however small, is comprised of something…"
"So, if I analyze this information in comparison to 'The Matrix' trilogy, I would be Jewish. Although I don't think that deeper analysis would hold up. Neo was too much of a 'Jesus' figure. On the other hand there's…"
"Well, while it's origin is a phrase inciting the blessing of god, it's current pronunciation is easily inferrable to mean that you just want a "good" "bye". So it doesn't necessarily conjure thoughts of the Lord…"
"We do tend to stick with each other when nature decides to give us this invader to fight. Willingly or not, we are in a sort of club. Early detection is key, so let's go gals, you know what ya gotta do!
"And I believe Joseph Smith was a true prophet, the Book of Mormon is as true as the Jewish and Christian bilbes, Jesus is the Christ and the LDS church is Yahweh's only one and true religion on the face of the earth and there is nothing you…"
"I did see that Matt! Thanks for posting it! Awesome woman to say that on National television! Esp. in what I assume is a very xtian town. I no longer like Wolf Blitzer. I was thinking of that interview when I posted this last…"
"Joan, that is so nice of you to include the woman with no support-system!!!! I'm glad it's going okay.
Steph, adorable cat pic. :) I know you'll do great in your classes! ~ Melinda/Mindy/Booklover, lol"