"Luhrmann cites three areas of difference in reasoning between those who rely on facts and those who rely on faith:
1) the language used;
2) the personal value of belief;
3) different interpretive roles—why vs. how
She concludes by saying that…"
"The serious Christian will tell you that animals are not allowed in heaven and that they cannot go because they "have no soul." (I absolutely hate that "soul" bullshit.) I also encourage the so called Christian to read the Old…"
"Not necessarily. That just means we have to determine what constitutes a "bad" pet. I'm assuming there's some behavior, or even thoughts, for which a pet might be barred from heaven. It would be helpful to know if refraining from…"
"What horrifies me is not that this delusional nutcase exists, but that a relatively educated, mainstream electorate in a mainstream fairly liberal state, elected her repeatedly to the US congress. And when she decided to it wasn't the…"
"You're too late, there is already a service of this sort:
For a one-time fee of $10 they will list your name, address, and pets to be cared for by volunteers who are unraptured. Sounds like a great deal to…"
"When I was in Catholic schools, nuns spoke of doubt being sinful.
I now know it can be healthy; doubt can help xians become ex-xians.
Nuns also sometimes told of priests celebrating the death of a fellow priest.
When I was away at college my kid…"
"Spud, what part of American free enterprise do you not understand?
Finding other folks' needs and satisfying them, for a fee, might make you rich.
Yeah, taking advantage of their delusions won't help your self esteem, but rain falls on…"
"From some actual good science fiction:
"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and…"
Good old days
Listen to your parents.
It must be true, it's written in "the" book.
Somebody said...somebody heard...somebody saw...somebody knew...
I saw it on the History channel (suppressing gag).
"Then we have the 666 numbers (using gematria) to actually refer to Nero, but they go just as well with Saul of Tarsus.
I've always wondered what it was that made modern people believe that the events of that weird Revelation book had not…"
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