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    Free Speech - morally wrong?

    Oh my, oh my... it seems that quite a lot of people have quite a lot of growing up to do.. Free Speech, as strange as it may sound, is the freedom to vent an opinion. Having sex with children or collectively smashing up a city center or burning an ethnic minority in gas ovens or entertaining a...
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    Stopping smoking

    Uh-uh, don't I know it! I kinda compare it to being a straight alcoholic when you're 'off cigarettes'. When I wasn't smoking (the longest period was some 2 1/2 years), I always thought of myself as a smoker, anyway. I just wasn't smoking at that time. Why would anyone want to give up sex? ;) I...
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    mix-and-match spirituality

    Hmmm..., This is sort of the textbook description of the 'problem' that I have. I seem to have developed a deep and heartfelt aversion towards dogma and kerygma and doctrine and whatnot. Whenever I encounter rituals, ordinances, edicts, directives, indoctrinations, regulations, prescripts...
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    Stopping smoking

    Whoa, 30 minutes ago I snuffed my (hopefully) last cigarette, and then I noticed this thread!! Coincidence? Probably, yeah. I've "quit" many times before, stayed off for a couple of years, but always decided to start again. Weirdly, it's always been a conscious decision on my behalf, it's never...
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    Future of Music

    Sorry for the late reply, PNG. The G is pretty hard to come by, tell you the truth. As ya can tell from the titles, it's not the stuff you can find at your local Wal-Mart. I located 'Tokyo A*** Dynamite' after three years o' searching. Well worth the wait, tho. Catastrophically, horribly...
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    What's your favorite movie?

    It's hard to name the best, but some good ones are 'Tetsuo - The Ironman' (Shinya Tsykamoto rules! Everything he does rocks!) and 'The Begotten'. Sometimes the big names manage to pull off a good one, as well. Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove' is pretty good. Ingmar Bergman's 'The Seventh Seal' is ok...
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    Future of Music

    I guess you're not the only, dear. I do have a penchant for somewhat... hmm ...obnoxious muzak, as well. I guess you're familiar w/ The Gerogerigegege? Yes, it IS spelled that way.
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    The original Jesus

    Unfortunately I haven't. How do his writings relate, and what title would you recommend? JC
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    Future of Music

    Ohh, what a thread topic..! I hope that we can experience a backlash 'gainst the prefab bands in the near future. After all, we all remember grunge, donwe? I, for one, felt an enormous relief the second the hairfarming bands of yore were all but forgotten when the cleansing effect of the ripped...
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    The original Jesus

    Err... ...no. I am not trying to debate the divinity of Jesus, in the traditionally Arian sense of a subservient Jesus or a divided divinity. Nor am I discrediting the Nicean tradition, w/ the church being holy and all. I am only trying to point to the initial message of the nazarean...
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    The original Jesus

    Thank you for the hello, Brian. The thing I had in mind about the original Jesus is a bit difficult to articulate. The Nicene Creed, for instance, only takes into account the supernatural birth and death of Jesus, but totally disregards the life and times of the person, and further, places the...
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    Shared perceptions of the Divine

    I have as of late begun to see our understanding of 'the divine' as our spiritual endeavour manifest. In this context, it really doesn't matter if we have a theistic POV or a non-theistic one. Seemingly the all-encompassing, mystical awe is the one thing we all share. What names and shrouds we...
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    The original Jesus

    Peace all, O' most noble thinkers, I greet thee. Being a new member on this a-here forum, I thought I'd start off w/ a thread. That's the usual code of conduct, no? [Smiley.] The synopsis: The vast majority of information that we have on the central figure in christianity, ie Jesus, stems...
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