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Sophistry, a deliberately invalid argument or statement displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone, bugs the crap out of me. Statements like "I would have to know what you mean by "spirit" before thinking about whether a body can produce one" and “Metabolism would fit that [dictionary] definition [of spirit]” are prime examples of what I mean.
Give me a break.
The dictionary definition of spirit is “the vital principle or animating force within living things.” Only...
Thinking to a recent thread about God's inaction in the face of human suffering, I got to thinking: it isn't just that God doesn't seem to act in response to suffering; it's that God doesn't seem to act at all.
I've seen theists try to reconcile this with different justifications for why God might exist but be "hands-off", but all this ignores the fact that the inaction of God (or gods) can also be reconciled with a different premise: that no gods exist.
With this in mind, a challenge for...
Peace and many blessings be upon you all! It's been a bit since I've created a thread on the Forums, but I — as an eager learner — am going to pose a question or two:
#1) What are some misconceptions people have about your faith tradition? How have they regarded it? What do you do to try to educate others who may know about it or have those misconceptions?
#2) What are some misconceptions that you have about other faiths or their adherents? What steps have you taken to educate yourself?
It is alarming to compare the descriptions of the Anti-Christ with Islam's messiah the Mahdi.
Here are some of the characteristics of the Biblical end of days followed by the Islamic end days.They are essentially opposite of one another:
"The Anti Christ (Lawless One, Son of Perdition etc...) will change the laws, days and times..."
The Mahdi (Islamic Messiah) would lead a global Islamic Caliphate and implement Sheria Law. Islam has its own calendar and would supplant the Western Gregorian...
People casually talk about free will as if we have it, but in reality it has never been proven to exist. To me it seems like all of our decisions are mostly a result of environmental, cultural, and genetic factors over time. If you change the environmental and genetic factors, then you can produce an entirely different person. That doesn't mean its deterministic though, it just means you have an illusion of free will, or at best a very limited free will that only works in select cases.
Sai Baba is a shortened version of Sahib Baba.
Sai Baba kept a beard like a Muslim, served meat langar, lived in a Mosque and was buried when he died.
According to wikipedia he
"observed worship procedures belonging to Hinduism and Islam; he shunned any kind of regular rituals but allowed the practice of namaz, chanting of Al-Fatiha, and Qur'an readings at Muslim festival times. Occasionally reciting the Al-Fatiha, Baba enjoyed listening to mawlid and qawwali accompanied with the...
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