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Betty Bowers Reviews "When Christians Break Bad" by Bonnie Weinstein

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 17. 5 Replies

This is new!  Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, reading a book other than the bible???  True enough!  Seems as though some shiksa by the name of Bonnie Weinstein has recently penned a tome with the title: When Christians Break Bad: Letters…Continue

Tags: MRFF, When Christians Break Bad, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Bonnie Weinstein, America's Best Christian

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 30. 42 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 13. 9 Replies

Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Published by BhaviniA MESSAGE FROM THE QUEENTo all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen…Continue

Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers Jul 11. 5 Replies

GRAIN & FOOD PRICES TO SOAR! China Trade, Farmers, Weather, and GSMWhat can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare…Continue

Tags: community, farmers, poverty

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 26, 2019 at 12:24pm

Thanks, Ian, for the link to Harvard. It had extra characters but when I took them out I found the below on a list of effects of excess T.

* Uncharacteristically aggressive behavior (although not well studied or clearly proven), and

* Mood swings, euphoria, irritability, impaired judgment, delusions.

Natural selection may produce T in more than necessary amounts, and in such amounts it may result in harm.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2019 at 10:19pm

Tom. here's a link to a fairly standard explanation of what it is. We would be a feeble species without it. Of course there must be many people who have higher or lower levels than the average. There has been speculation that Neanderthals had a higher level than Homo Sapiens based on estimates of bone density and muscle mass.

http://https://www.health.harvard.edu/drugs-and-medications/testost...

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 25, 2019 at 6:02pm

Ian, my thoughts about excess testosterone result from what I know of male violence and the little on the internet about the effects of excess T. In short, my thoughts are speculation, enough to stir curiosity and this discussion.

Have you studied anything that raises your thoughts to a higher level than that?

DNA might give clues to when nature first made T; it would have been hundreds of millions of years before H. sapiens. Do we know yet the boundaries on the right amount?

Comment by Patricia on September 25, 2019 at 2:20pm

Sounds good, Randy.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2019 at 11:09am

That sounds wonderful, Randall. I hope you enjoy every second.I've been to Jerusalem, Masada and Luxor and they are wonders. 

Tom, I think people have the right amount of testosterone to maintain life in the circumstances in which we evolved. However, we didn't evolve to sit staring at screens, sit in long queues of traffic etc. We need active and constructive lives to keep things in balance.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 25, 2019 at 10:22am

Joan, your archeological excavations article brought memories of  Caesar’s Gallic Wars, which sophomores in Catholic high schools translated from Latin to English. “Omnis Gallia divisa est in tres partes...” or “All Gaul is divided into three parts”, etc.

The human remains? I’ve done a bit of the research for an essay in which I will say natural selection screwed up, making large numbers of people in whom an excess of testosterone is poisonous, a point that humankind seems determined to prove beyond doubt.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2019 at 6:52am

I can't afford it right now since I'm having my house roof shingled, but I impulsively signed up for a Road Scholar trip to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt the last two weeks of November. 

Out of nowhere, I thought to myself, "I would like to see the Pyramids (etc.) before I die." The offer sounded reasonable: 17 days for a little over $5000 with free airfare from JFK. So what the heck--I'm doing it.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 22, 2019 at 9:43pm

Thanks, Ian. I liked the Nat King Cole best.

Joan, I can do without visions of post-battle corpse manipulation. Ready to hang up laundry and hit the sack. Sleep well, all.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2019 at 1:17am
Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2019 at 1:15am

The equinox is just over the horizon so here's something seasonal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glJoRo8K_ns

 

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