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Even though it is usually vague and on the fringe of our conscious awareness, we all have an inherent desire for salvation. Bringing this into awareness is the first step. The next step is to identify how to attain salvation.
Before anyone can work toward their salvation, they must be able to get to the starting line. It's important to first recognize that our preconceived notions and the guidance that appeals to us initially will be incorrect. The only guidance that is truthful in this...
Hello guys, many of you know me very well as we have debated everything under the sun, to the point I have over 12,000 debates. However I have decided that this is almost a waste of time (from God's point of view at this point) and decided to go to Biola and get my masters certificate in Apologetics (which is simply a word from the Greek - Apologia) which simply means to give a defense of. And to use all that I have learned through a several decades long passion for debate to train local...
Why does everything you believe revolve around sex? Especially perverse sex?
How do you define "perverse sex"
Not wanting to put anything into anyone else's mouth (I mean we're talking about "perverse sex" here) . . . I'd simply say that so far as I'm concerned, all phallic-sex has an element of perversity, since it's a form of reproduction different than, and rejected concerning, the birth of the Jewish Savior.
. . . Here, I'd typically embark on quotations from Rabbi Hirsch demonizing...
Here's how this goes for me: get asked for evidence/reasons for my belief, write an essay, get told I'm a moron because my interpretation and logic doesn't fit with materialism. Does this happen to anyone else? It feels to me like theists provide evidence and valid logic for gods ALL THE TIME, to what avail? Honestly I find it exhausting to the point where I don't even care to share anymore. If a materialist put aside their preconceived belief that pure materialism is the proven answer they...
As probably many of you have done, my life has been one of wondering and searching, thus leading me to contemplate what's really going on here with religion in mind. About 15 years ago, with help from a book entitled "E=MC2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation" by David Bodanis that scared me even before I read it because I was worried it would shake me up, my fear was well founded.
Einstein believed in what he called "Spinoza's God", and both of them can be classified as...
Making offerings to the gods is a routine part of a devotional polytheist's practice. And, as pointed out in a recent article by Asa West, "what we choose to offer to a god–and our reason for choosing it–says much more about us than it does about the god." While I agree with this sentiment in part, Asa uses this perspective to buttress some rather judgmental conclusions about how other Pagans choose to practice. The author was apparently involved in a discussion about whether or not a...
It is not uncommon for discussions about various religious matters on our forums to revolve around this concept called "truth." We owe this, perhaps, to the dominance of certain religions that profess to have "the" truth in Western culture. And yet, from time to time, it might be a good idea to step back and recognize that "truth" is a complicated creature, particularly when it comes to religious issues.
John Halstead wrote a thought-provoking essay on this topic over at Patheos the...
The Pope has questioned US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's Christianity over his call to build a border wall with Mexico.
Pope Francis said "a person who thinks only about building walls... and not of building bridges, is not Christian".
The New York businessman supports deporting nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Calling himself a "proud Christian", Mr Trump blamed Mexico for the Pope's remarks, calling them "disgraceful".
Mr Trump has alleged that Mexico sends...
Fair enough we have to raise children together; yet mammals in nature generally live in a commune society, thus the offspring have a more balanced education...
So is there any proof other then our made up religious texts, to show where and why we're designed to be married to only one person?
I've been in a debate over objective reality which has wetted my appetite, but unfortunately the individual I was debating refuses to engage in actual philosophy. So now I bring the question to all! Can you prove objective reality exists? That other minds are real, that you're not a brain in a vat, that there is an objective universe, and so on? Arguments and evidence are great, but proof would definitely win you some points, though I don't believe such proof is possible.
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