Donald R Barbera's Blog – February 2014 Archive (5)

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Foreigners are not particularly impressed with most Americans' mental abilities and with good reason in some cases. For instance, nearly 25% of the American people believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance, but even worse 30% of Americans did not know when 9/11 …

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

Medicine, Spiritual Healing and Reality

Giving praise to God for saving a person’s life is one of the most irrational responses to recovery by a seriously ill or injured patient. Not only is it irrational, it is surely insulting and blasphemous to an all-knowing and all-powerful god. The idea that a person can petition God to perform special favors denies that God knows of his children’s needs and by default indicts him for failure to respond to the incantations and the prayers of his…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Book Review: Overthrow by Stephen Kinzer

No Pontius Pilate's Here

In the story of Jesus' crucifixion, Pontius Pilate acted as judge in the trial. Pilate actually lobbied the crowd to spare Jesus' life, but the crowd would not relent. Seeing that the crowd would have its way, Pilate made a great show of washing his…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 12, 2014 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

No One Remembers—A Book Review of The Orangeburg Massacre

by Donald R Barbera

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,

We're finally on our own.

This summer I hear the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 5, 2014 at 7:54am — 4 Comments

Why Are There so Many Denominations

Depending on what source is used, there are between 30,000 and 45,000 Christian denomination worldwide.[1], [2], [3]…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 4, 2014 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

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