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« Reply #50 on: April 03, 2014, 06:34:03 PM »

http://www.examiner.com/article/joel-osteen-s-church-theft-opens-can-of-worms-jaws-drop-as-folks-do-the-math

BTW, when I am travelling in the South, sometimes I run into this guy's sermons on Sunday mornings.  Not bad.  Does seem he believes in doing well by doing good , , , ,
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« Reply #51 on: April 10, 2014, 11:12:43 AM »

http://jezebel.com/gospel-of-jesuss-wife-is-the-real-deal-according-to-1561737702
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« Reply #52 on: April 18, 2014, 12:43:46 PM »

To all my good friends of that break-away faction of Judaism known as Christianity my warmest good wishes and prayers on this Good Friday-Easter weekend.
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« Reply #53 on: May 02, 2014, 01:13:44 PM »



http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304178104579535540828090438?mod=hp_opinion&mg=reno64-wsj
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« Reply #54 on: May 11, 2014, 01:27:48 PM »

http://www.liberalamerica.org/2014/05/10/jehovah-witness-video/
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« Reply #55 on: August 06, 2014, 11:35:48 PM »


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4WDl4ozam8
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« Reply #56 on: August 08, 2014, 12:24:09 PM »

Of Hobbits, Narnia and Postwar Belief
Tolkien and Lewis served in World War I—and emerged with faith intact.
By Joseph Loconte
Aug. 7, 2014 7:20 p.m. ET

This month marks the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, the conflict that introduced industrial-scale slaughter to the world. Never before had science and technology—the mortars, machine guns, tanks, barbed wire and poison gas—conspired so effectively to destroy man and nature. The Great War savaged popular beliefs about progress, morality and religion.

Yet for two extraordinary authors and friends, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the war deepened their moral and spiritual convictions. Both fought in the trenches on the Western Front and used their experiences to shape their Christian imagination.

The pair met in 1926 as young scholars at Oxford University and went on to produce epic stories of heroism. Tolkien wrote "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Lewis earned fame for "The Chronicles of Narnia," a series of children's books now considered classics. Their tales are fundamentally about a cosmic struggle between good and evil—a theme radically out of step with the spirit of their age.

Many of the 400 postwar memoirs and novels from the 1920s and 1930s are profoundly pessimistic, focusing on the cruelty and senselessness of World War I. Erich Remarque, in his novel "All Quiet on the Western Front," spoke for many: "Now if we go back we will be weary, broken, burnt out, rootless and without hope."

Tolkien and Lewis, however, believed war could be fought for noble purposes. In "The Lord of the Rings," a band of hobbits, a king born as Aragorn and the Wizard Gandalf embark on a quest to destroy the evil Ring of Power. In "The Chronicles of Narnia," the Pevensie children are magically transported from London to Narnia and given a great task by Aslan the Lion: to rescue Narnia from despotism and restore the throne to its rightful line of kings.
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English novelist and scholar C.S. Lewis in 1950 Getty Images

The authors' use of fantasy is often dismissed as an attempt to forget the wretched realities of postwar Europe. But a careful reading reveals a steely realism that captures the human predicament. Even the most heroic figures feel like modern characters: uncertain, filled with fear and prone to the lust for power.

Near the narrative heart of Tolkien's trilogy is this sobering fact: Not even the central hero, Frodo Baggins, can resist the lure and power of the Ring. When Frodo finally has the chance to destroy the Ring at Mount Doom, he struggles. "I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine," he exclaims. Just so: Every combatant nation in World War I abandoned moral qualms and used any weapon at hand to obliterate the enemy.

The war also dealt a blow to the notion of free will. The utter helplessness of the soldier on the Western Front—mutilated, bombed and bayoneted without mercy—was a recurring postwar theme. Yet the fate of Middle-earth and Narnia depends upon the choices of individuals. In Narnia, Aslan commands the young Jill to seek the lost prince until she has found him "or else died in the attempt." Likewise, Lady Galadriel, the fairest of the elves of Middle-earth, warns the hobbits: "Your Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail, to the ruin of all."

Perhaps most controversially, Tolkien and Lewis did not regard war as an unmitigated evil. The experience of the fellowship of combat taught them the great gift of friendship—especially when it was forged for a high and humane purpose.

Where did Tolkien get his idea for the hobbits? Like Lewis, he acquired a profound respect for the ordinary British soldier, having witnessed his remarkable determination under fire. In a letter written after his trilogy was published, Tolkien acknowledged that Sam Gamgee, one of the story's central figures, "is indeed a reflection of the English soldier, of the privates and batmen I knew in the 1914 war, and recognized as so far superior to myself." These creators of myths remind us that real life—torn by sorrow and suffering—has a mythic and heroic quality.

What Tolkien and Lewis saw on the battlefield made it easy for them to imagine worlds ravaged by evil. Nevertheless, fortified by their Christian faith—Tolkien a Catholic, Lewis an Anglican—they believed that God and goodness were the deepest truths about the human story. In Middle-earth and Narnia, the ruin or redemption of every person depends on what side he or she has chosen in the conflict.

Is this so unlike our own world? Think of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram; the civilians caught in the genocidal storm of the Syrian regime; the courageous Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for wanting Pakistani girls to go to school.

The heroic figure is the one who resists evil, who is willing to lay down his life for his friends. Perhaps the character of Faramir in "The Lord of the Rings" expresses it best: "I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend." That may be the vision of humanity that our present world needs most.

Mr. Loconte is an associate professor of history at The King's College in New York City and author of the forthcoming "A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18" (HarperCollins, 2015).
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« Reply #57 on: February 28, 2015, 06:48:56 PM »

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/did-jesus-exist/
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« Reply #58 on: September 08, 2015, 11:05:40 PM »

http://qpolitical.com/she-started-praising-jesus-on-jimmy-fallon-how-the-crowd-reacted-wow/
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« Reply #59 on: September 09, 2015, 01:31:25 PM »

http://washingtonpost.com.co/pope-francis-to-followers-koran-and-holy-bible-are-the-same/
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« Reply #60 on: September 14, 2015, 04:16:11 PM »


Dead link. Probably literally.
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« Reply #61 on: January 05, 2016, 03:21:39 PM »

A Christmas inspired column by Walter Russel Mead well worth your time to read, IMHO, embodying the largest issues humankind faces today.  (read it all)

One for All
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD
The Christmas story suggests that we can somehow try both to be loyal members of our nations, our families, our tribes—and also to reach out to the broader human community of which we are also a part.
http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/01/01/one-for-all-4/

... People seem pulled in two directions. On the one hand, we form strong group identities and these identities are the basis of our political loyalties; on the other, we recognize universal values and acknowledge a duty, at least in the abstract, to help people everywhere regardless of their race, language, color, or creed.
It’s a puzzle. Human beings need roots in a particular culture and family and those roots shape them; at the same time, human beings have values (like freedom and democracy) and ideas (like the Pythagorean theorem and the laws of thermodynamics) that demand to be recognized as universal. ...
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« Reply #62 on: January 27, 2016, 07:36:50 PM »

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/196588/the-gentiles-who-act-like-jews?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=a3a37d04e4-Tuesday_January_26_20161_26_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-a3a37d04e4-207090153
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« Reply #63 on: February 08, 2016, 09:06:43 AM »

Moving CCP's post to here:

I was reading Life's magazine on King Tut and was surprised to learn that his father tried to change the multi deity worship of Egypt to a single sun God.  I always thought the Jews were the first to do this.

His father lived and ruled around 1332 to 1322 BC - before Abraham. Ater his death Egypt went right back to a pagan society.  On Wikipedia, reading on monotheism it mentions this but concludes it is not clear if the sun God worship was more a worship of the sun God or meant to mean worshiping of the pharaoh by way of this.

It also mentions that Sigmund Freud tried to link this to the Jews of Egypt having been there and that may have been a factor in the monotheism of the Jews.  This is doubtful because # 1 this would be at least 100 even before Abraham, and certainly long before any Jews might have been in Egypt (which is unclear if and what they were doing there - various theories holding that they were slaves, they were not slaves but workers, perhaps indentured, or were never there in the first place.).  Also the evidence seems to suggest that Egyptians were very unhappy with this renegade pharaoh doing this and quickly reverted back to the old ways after his short reign.  So it doesn't seem logical to think there was any influence on Abraham:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mystery-surrounding-king-tuts-dad-solved/
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« Reply #64 on: March 25, 2016, 10:56:34 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICd62etMvq4&ebc=ANyPxKo4HmzJy4Lm1trzAouWcMej5J769lccORa9CFmQOM-Wo73njVeEbPfVoNdmYkUUY9xTctOmx8RHD-kwxbsSCC07KqP6xA
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