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The term "holy water" is a hapax legomenon (one time occurrence) in the Tanakh. Nevertheless, on the authority of Mishnah Parah we have cause to suspect that either there's a case of water being "holy" outside of the sotah passage (Numbers chapter 5 where the singular use of the word is found) or else the water associated with parah adumah (the "red cow") is merely another parabolic manifestation of the same water found in the sotah passage at Numbers chapter 5?
As fate would have it, very...
In a recent OP "The Downfall And Lies Of A Biased Liberal And Atheist Websource -- Wikipedia" created by james bond, he rails against Wikipedia and extols Conservapedia, an information source he contends "balance out the lies, errors and censorship of Wikipedia."
According to Wikipedia,
"Conservapedia /kənˈsɜːrvəˈpidiə/, "is an English-language wiki encyclopedia project written from an American conservative point of view. The website was started in 2006 by American homeschool teacher...
I would like to briefly discuss what I believe to be a serious logical problem for theism, and I would be interested in reading responses. The problem lies with the answer to the question "Who created God?" The most common answers I hear from theists is that God is uncreated, or that he is somehow "the uncaused cause of the universe." But, if it is the case that God does not need a cause, then why does the universe need a cause? In other words, why not just save a step and state that the...
Usually when I debate, i make sure that the person I talk with, understands my definition of the words i use (only when there is more than one common definition). as i see it, it is vital for a debater to have a clear understanding of the terms being used by the other debater in order to have a fuller understanding of the arguments presented.
For some reason, it always seems to me very hard to understand the exact definition of some words that theist who argue against me use.
When i ask...
Ibn Rushd Mosque is being set up in Germany, spearheaded by Seyran Ates, a Turkish-born German Muslim woman. There'll be two imams leading Friday prayers, one man and one woman. They've also reached out to Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, a fairly prominent figure in the pro-LGBT progressive Muslim sphere.
This is one of a growing number of such mosques to be found in the Western world, where it is safe for them to be set up openly. They are building on grassroots groups which meet informally...
Search any topic and the chances are that a Wikipedia entry for it comes to the top on near the top. Wikipedia is not a trusted, academic website because it is biased and contains wrong information. It may contain links at the bottom that are good, but what is written by Wikipedia can be modified by anybody. Conservative statements and valid links are routinely censored by Wikipedia editors. The founder of Wikipedia is a former pornographer named Jimmy Wales. I would not donate any...
If a Loving Creator exists, and if it wanted us to have freewill along with moral guidance, we would have a simple-to-use, cross-cultural, internal moral guidance system. It's very likely that conscience is exactly that.
A bias is any preexisting belief capable of sending a judgment off its correct course. Even when we want to do the right thing morally our judgment can be thrown off course by a bias. Because of biases, the simple and powerful nature of conscience isn't obvious.
After re-reading the Gita the other day, went over chapter 16 in multiple translations, as it uses the word Asura which is a demon in Hinduism; yet it applies it to people, and says that they're sent back down here, before possibly being sent lower to Hell (Naraka).
Chapter 16, Verse 1-3
The Blessed Lord said: Fearlessness, purification of one's existence, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, self-control, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas, austerity and simplicity;...
I always smile at the forum index, that has taoism described as a 'non-revealed religion'.
That's not my experience of taoism.
1: It is not a religion.
2: It is entirely revealed.
Taoism is a Way of conducting one's life, and declines to make use of the notion of 'God'.
I use the word 'God' often, but it means to me something very different than it does to anybody who is not me.
Taoism is entirely a revealed Way, in that it eagerly reveals itself to anyone seriously committed to...
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