Polygamy and Polyandry

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  1. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    Now, polygamy and the natural nurturing aspect of … or we can just call it an extended family unit who enjoy together what, well … I'd think what most humans enjoy. It would help with nannies and childcare expenses too. No kidding … it just makes sense. Then again, I'm flat broke 23 cents in my bank account, and great difficulty getting my career started again, so I may just have to go it alone from here on out.
     
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    wil UNeyeR1

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    Absolutely... And over the years science slowly has explained many if the miracles and plagues formerly attributed to gods and moved a lot of stuff from the supernatural realm to the natural realm.

    The debate today is whether it will all move eventually...
     
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    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    All move? I'm not sure the reasoning behind that statement or question. Move from supernatural to natural, or the idea of anything being supernatural at all, on to where all things truly are … Natural. Except for things like new species introduced into areas that aren't accustomed or suited for them, but then that's not super natural. It's more like trying to make a dirt sandwich taste good to a human who is accustomed to the finest and most delicious cuisine., or like trying to force a mouse to fight an elephant. Sooner or later the mouse is gonna end up flat … and likely unintentionally.
     
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    There's a lot attributed to the past that today we view as questionable, and often its down to the post-Enlightenment 'educated' white man's interpretation of the beliefs of, in their eyes, primitive peoples. I mean, thunder as the anger of the gods, etc. Did people actually believe that? Sailing off the end of the world, no-one believed that, and yet it was a popular myth ...

    ... and today we actually do have have flat earthers ... who'd have thunk it?

    But generally I agree, there's a lot, thanks to science, that has moved from the unknown to the known.

    And yet the idea of God was pretty well established before the birth of science and the empirical method, and has remained pretty constant and consistent ever since, so despite the march of science, it's done nothing to explain, or explain away, the idea of God.

    Usually mostly by those who unquestioningly embrace scientism with the same eyes-wide shut faith that people embrace religion?

    Amongst scientists themselves, the question devolves to whether or not you're an atheist. If you are, then there you go, if you're not, then God remains in the picture.

    This on wiki:
     
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    I'm not sure of the reasoning of that. It could be atheism, pantheism, materialism ...
     
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    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    Maybe … It could be a different understanding than your own too, which is much more likely. Like panentheism, which is what I am, and yet I'm likewise a monotheist. How's that possible? Think about it more than just a little bit.
     
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    Yup! When you write the metaohirical, metaphysical, mythological Bible explaining away the plagues, flood, turning water into wine, raising the dead etc. I'll be like Gideon and put it in every hotel room drawer for our evangelicals and book thumpers.
     
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    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against ...
     
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    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    Rulers make bad lovers by the way.
     
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    wil UNeyeR1

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    My tongue bleeds.when straight lines like this are delivered.
     
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    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    I guess I don't know what you mean. Rulers make bad lovers … I agree with the sentiment. I do enjoy a nice balance though along with respect and consideration and understanding.
     
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    My mind is just warped, no worries.
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens

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    I often think that highly driven men (I don't know about women) seem to have a sex drive to match? Take JFK, Mick Jagger, our Boris, even old Trumpie -- many others?
     
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    Yup, when its read literally, without any consideration of milieu, context, etc., then it does seem fanciful and naive. And yes, when the debate is drowned out by the crowing of literal fundamentalists, I can understand your pain! But really, we've come a long way on from that, and that argument no longer holds water, really.
     
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    Oh, that's easily possible! :D

    But with regard to panentheism, the Abrahamics encompass qualified panentheist ideas, which have to be expressed with some precision to avoid an overt pantheism.

    St Paul's "In Him we live and are" (Acts 17:28) says it all ...

    Panentheism is usually refuted in the Catholic West, for historical reasons, while the response is more nuanced in the Orthodox East. But modern movements, like Process Theology are somewhat panentheistic.

    In Christian panentheism, creation is not considered as 'made of God', its substance is created, not divine, and the cosmos displays none of the qualities attributed to the divine. God is immanent in and to the cosmos, but is essentially distinct from it — transcendent.

    While the cosmos is other than God, it is not wholly separated from God, because existence is an act of the divine will.

    The Cosmos is brought into being by God, but not of God ... it is not an act of the trickle-down effect of emanationism that underpins some Platonic schools, for instance.

    Both Judaism and Islam hold certain panentheist ideas.

    If the panentheist holds the material cosmos to be part of God however, then s/he and traditional Abrahamics part company, and from the traditional point of view, that notion poses a number of questions that need to be answered to render the belief logical and coherent.
     
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    Idk if there is any evidence of that.

    They may get a lot of sex, maybe great lotharios, but I haven't seen any rave reviews that they were fantastic in bed. (Of course that is very subjective).

    When you have power or fame ya get a lot of groupies and gold diggers to take advantage of.
     
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    I have no Idea about Kennedy or Trump or Jagger … Motivation … Highly driven as in how? Driven by??? I'm not a ruler, don't claim to be, don't want to be, and pray God I never will be. Here's the thing about my idea of being a ruler "my way", which is a far cry from I need to control others type. I need my self control, to employ my own free will choices, to be myself, honest, true, and faithful to who I am. That's the stuff dreams and heaven and paradise are made of … Truth, honesty, and being true to who we are inherently as living creatures.
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens

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    This was today's reading at Mass:

    Book of Wisdom 13:1-9

    "Anyone who does not know God is simply foolish. Such people look at the good things around them and still fail to see the living God. They have studied the things he made, but they have not recognized the one who made them.

    Instead, they suppose that the gods who rule the world are fire or wind or storm or the circling stars or rushing water or the heavenly bodies. People were so delighted with the beauty of these things that they thought they must be gods, but they should have realized that these things have a master and that he is much greater than all of them, for he is the creator of beauty, and he created them.

    Since people are amazed at the power of these things, and how they behave, they ought to learn from them that their maker is far more powerful. When we realize how vast and beautiful the creation is, we are learning about the Creator at the same time.

    But maybe we are too harsh with these people. After all, they may have really wanted to find God, but couldn't. Surrounded by God's works, they keep on looking at them, until they are finally convinced that because the things they see are so beautiful, they must be gods. But still, these people really have no excuse. If they had enough intelligence to speculate about the nature of the universe, why did they never find the Lord of all things?"

    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Wisdom+13:1-9&version=GNT
     
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    The other kind of ruler mindset I want nothing to do with … I'm not one. that type anyway.
     
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    I'll agree with some...

    But always love how people want to say what others believe when they don't know squat.
    Nope I don't read the horoscopes or pray to Poseidon... Lol

    But much of it has a dose of validity.
     

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