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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 Patricia on October 10, 2019 at 1:09pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 4, 2019 at 10:33am

...apostasy... [etymologically derived from] "runaway slave"...

It's notable that the Bible has no concept of free, thriving democracies. The ideal societies were under a benevolent absolute monarch, earthly or heavenly.

Obedience was presented as the highest virtue, as made especially clear by the story of Abraham being willing to ritually murder his son because GodSaidSo. (There's a parallel story in the Qur'an.)

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 3, 2019 at 10:07pm

I heard the “...burn in hell” threat in the Catholic schools my dad sent his five kids to. A few kids objected to nuns’ threats that even turning down an invite to become a Catholic would send someone there. Going to a non-Catholic Sunday service would do it, as would apostasy (being a “runaway slave” in the OED).

Comment by Ian Mason on October 3, 2019 at 9:53pm

The Roman church is losing its moral authority and its influence in the wake of the scandals. An previously Holy Catlick Ireland voted for marriage equality in a referendum in 2015 with almost two thirds of voters in favour. The sexual abuse of minors and the bones of dead infants had a profound effect.

Comment by Patricia on October 3, 2019 at 1:50pm

I've seen one or two cars here with those types of signs in very large font. I find it so revolting to mess up a nice car like that.

I find Italy a bit surprising, Ian. I know religion is not that big a deal here, but its such a difference from the US, but of course the US south accounts for much of that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 3, 2019 at 1:25pm

Driving through town yesterday, I was behind a car at the red light, that had 3 large stickers in the window.  One was something about Jesus Christ and the other 2 were threats.

One said something like, If you don't believe in Jesus, you're going to burn in hell.  The other one was even more threatening, although I can't remember what it said.  I was too busy trying to get a picture of them.

I pulled-out my phone to get a picture, but it's been years since I used it in the picture mode, so they drove off before I could figure it out.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 3, 2019 at 1:07pm

Thanks, Patricia. There's a tendency for populations in industrial countries to drop religion it seems. It's the poor and powerless that cling on to superstition. China might be an exception but I think there popular traditions and beliefs (lucky numbers, lucky symbols etc.) take the place of organised worship.

Comment by Patricia on October 3, 2019 at 12:54pm

Graphic, ranked list of countries in which "religion is most important"

Comment by Patricia on October 2, 2019 at 2:04pm

Interesting read....

‘Exhausted’ And Want Trump Gone

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/19/fox-news-poll-america-exhau...

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2019 at 4:47am
Tom, I remember reading, “Omnis Gallia divisa est in tres partes" in my Latin class. I enjoyed the language.
 

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