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  1. Marcialou

    Bill Maher Versus Ben Affleck on Islam!

    Maybe Orthodox Judaism thinks homosexuality is morally wrong but most other branches of Judaism do not. There are openly gay rabbis. I have 3 relatives who had same sex marriages presided over by rabbis. Not all Christian churches preach against homosexuality either. For example, The United...
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    Shocking story about evangelical Christianity

    OK, I understand what you're saying, more or less, although I don't see how it relates to the article under discussion. I have nothing more to say on the subject. You're entitle to your opinion.
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    Shocking story about evangelical Christianity

    The Shma says we should love God and Jesus reiterates the teachings of the Shma. I still don't understand who you are calling a sinner and why.
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    Shocking story about evangelical Christianity

    Nothead, Shema, or the Shma, is a Jewish prayer. Joshua and the Israelites crossed the River Jordan into the Land of Milk and Honey, long before Jesus was born, according to Joshua 3. Jesus said, "Judge not that ye be not judged?" Matthew 7:1. Where do you get your information?
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    political/moral designation of churches

    Actually, Medicare was passed in 1966 as part of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society program. Reagan did speak out against the legislation, calling it socialism, but it was before he held any political office. I'm pretty sure he wasn't speaking out against it in the 1980s. Medicare was as...
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    What happened at an Egyptian check point

    This is how genocide begins. It starts with harassment, and if left unchecked, can lead to full scale ethnic/religious "cleansing". The irony here is that Baha'i is a monotheistic faith that believes all religions come from God. It speaks positively of Mohamed. Ibrahim's experience is one where...
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    Did Jacob own any territory to rule?

    Thanks Jane and Paarsurrey. As you’ll see, we have 3 answers among us to the question, “Who inherited Isaac's flock and the rest of his ‘estate’ after he died?” Jane says Jacob received 2/3 inheritance; Paarsurrey says there was no inheritance to inherit by anyone. Here are my thoughts. First...
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    Free Will

    I agree that more highly evolved mammals probably have some free will, wil (and GKnot.) I don't know if that includes my dog, though.
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    Free Will

    There are different ways of knowing things and when you use different ways of knowing, you can get different results. Most of my understanding of the world comes from some combination of observation, talking to people, my personal experiences (viewed at least somewhat objectively), reading and...
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    Atheist Religious Service

    No. Why do you ask? Have you?
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    Free Will

    I haven’t been able to follow all the philosophical discussions on this thread but I think that free will that needs to be addressed in any serious discussion of religion. When it comes to most things I am a determinist except for 1)quantum mechanics, where I am an indeterminist and 2)the...
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    The atheists' dilemma

    I'm sorry Shibolet but I'm still unclear about what you think about my post #97. I have 3 questions, each with 3 or more options for your answer, including "none of the above." Q1 :When you say you missed the characteristic of probability in my post, do you mean you missed it because you...
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    God for atheists, agnostics, doubters, religious humanists and others

    Would you please explain the non-dual philosophy of 'advaita', in simple terms if you can. Thanks.
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    The atheists' dilemma

    How did I miss the target? Please explain. Oh, I see I did post my post, more or less repeated in #97, above. It's #3 in the Ultimate Proof of God thread.
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    The atheists' dilemma

    Shibolet, I'm sorry I didn't respond to your challenge earlier. I know I wrote a response but I must have forgotten to submit it, or something, because it appears not to be here. So here's take 2: As an atheist my position is not that the universe caused itself to exist. I don't know why the...
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    Did Jacob own any territory to rule?

    Paarsurrey, If I understand you correctly, you are saying that Isaac, as second born, would have received nothing from Abraham and therefore had nothing to bequeath to either of his sons. So your answer to the inheritance question appears to be that nobody inherited anything from Isaac because...
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    Did Jacob own any territory to rule?

    Jane, I just did a search. Apparently you are correct about what the Bible says about inheritance rights. Never-the-less, I have a different answer in the case of Isaac and his sons, although it's just a hypothesis. I'll wait to give others a chance to pipe in before I give my own response...
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    Did Jacob own any territory to rule?

    Jane, That's interesting. Where did you get this information? Was it in the Bible or some other source?
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    The atheists' dilemma

    GKnots' entertaining description of scientists reminds me of a story I heard somewhere. I think it might be true. Once upon a time, in a prestigious university on the coast of a great country, a young mathematician had the good fortune to be working with a revered scholar in his field. The...
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