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  1. joseftu

    Is there any religion that does not oppose homosexuality?

    Bruce answered it pretty well. Nobody takes the all the laws literally. Nobody stones to death disobedient children, or violators of the Sabbath (to take just a couple of examples). But we're not "discarding the laws as outdated," either. Rather we're trying to find ways to make them relevant...
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    Persecution of Jews

    I think it's important to point out, too (as James Carroll does so eloquently in Constantine's Sword) that the persecution of the Jews (particularly in Europe), has always been intricately connected with the history of the Catholic Church. But it's a complex question, with a long history. I've...
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    Is there any religion that does not oppose homosexuality?

    As dauer rightly points out above, the more traditional or "orthodox" branches of Abrahamic religions are not going to be very welcoming of homosexuality (although they may still be welcoming of homosexuals, if you see the difference). But the "liberal" or "egalitarian" branches can take a much...
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    Shana Tovah!

    The same from me to all of you! A wonderful New Year to one and all.
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    Scientology

    Re: What the Bible enjoins. Yes, I will. I don't object to the word--but why not give it a try? I might, instead, engage in some very productive discussion, with no dodging at all. I really don't understand what you're asking here. Are you saying (here and above) that there is no way to read...
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    Scientology

    Re: Jews generally... I would argue that the "bargain" you're describing is not really one that is "always" seen in the Old Testament. The overwhelming message is that the commandments should be followed because they're commandments, because God has said that he wants them to be followed, not...
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    The Bible (or others) as book (physical object)

    Lately (thanks, Ebay!) I've even taking to replacing old books that have "disappeared" from my collection. These are not really classics (except to me) or any kind of rare collector's editions. They're just the same editions that I remember holding in my hands when first discovering new (to...
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    Scientology

    Re: Jews generally... I guess you have a point that we can never be sure of the personal philosophies of individual Jews at any period in history--except as they report them themselves. But you claim that Judaism <b>as a religion</b> held the belief that "the more money you make or of earthly...
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    Scientology

    Yes, that's the story, Vajradhara. Thanks for the link. I've heard the story repeated from many different sources, with enough variations (it was in a letter to John W. Campbell, at a party with Isaac Asimov, in a bar with Robert Heinlein), none of which have reliable confirmation, to make me...
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    The Bible (or others) as book (physical object)

    Being something of a book fetishist myself, I'm intrigued by an exhibition at the Huntington Library (too bad I'm on the other side of the country!), "The Bible and the People," exploring the history of the book that we call the Bible--its status as a physical, obtainable object, and how that...
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    Scientology

    Re: Prosperity Gospel I'm not Bananabrain, and my knowledge (from what I've seen of his posts in my brief time here) is far more limited. But from what I do know of Judaism your observation is completely wrong. Judaism has absolutely no "prosperity gospel" of any kind. As for Scientology...
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    Avatar trouble

    Ahh! Thanks, Brian. That's much better (as you can see!).
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    Avatar trouble

    Thanks, Mus Zibii. That looked like a good suggestion to me, but I got the same error message when I tried with a jpeg. Seems like a problem with permissions on the directory? But why just me and nobody else?! Blatant discrimination! ;)
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    Allergic to Jesus

    As an outsider, I hate to condemn--not really understanding the core of the matter myself, and thinking of the general Jewish proscription against ritual or religious activities which would threaten the life or health of a human being. But as I read this particular story, I couldn't help...
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    Banned!

    I've actually just had this experience recently, although on a listserv, not a forum. I was a long-time member (and generally a lurker) on a listserv that was supposed to be exclusively for higher-education-related topics. That limitation was interpreted pretty loosely...except that in certain...
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    Avatar trouble

    Is there a trick to uploading a custom avatar? I keep trying, but whether I try to upload from my computer or a url, I get this error message- Warning: copy(./customavatars/avatar1049_5.gif): failed to open stream: Permission denied in...
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    Just Joined...

    And very pleased to be here! A few words by way of introduction. I'm a professor of English at a community college--I'm older than I've ever been, and now I'm even older. I grew up Jewish (conservative, to be exact), and had a fairly good religious education, and Jewish social life, until...
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