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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

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degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

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Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

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Introducing Douglas Murray

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

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I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on May 26, 2015 at 2:29pm

Joan, that would especially be nice for a former Roman Catholic cathedral or Mormon temple!

(In fairness, quite a few religious believers are fine with embryonic stem cells, abortion rights, and the full range of normal human sexuality.)

And about the history of the Colchester Arts Centre's site, it was good to read that the organ was moved to another home. Though I'd like to see more organs in secular venues! (It worked for movie theaters 100 years ago, and even after the '20s and '30s, for municipal halls, concert venues, roller rinks, sports arenas, a few restaurants....)

Comment by Ian Mason on May 26, 2015 at 2:21pm

Joan, the whole Bay of Naples is a caldera with 40 craters, all sitting on a huge magma chamber. Oddly, Vesuvius is a separate volcano with its own magma chamber. It's also constantly monitored and the experts say they should be able to give 2 weeks warning of an eruption.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2015 at 12:49pm

Ian, I thoroughly enjoy the photos of your trip. The volcano photos intrigue me, especially when remembering the trauma those mountains caused so many people. 

Grinning Cat, I like the reuse of those grand old buildings, turned from places of worship into other uses. I would love to see scientific institutes fill their chambers. Perhaps for stem cell research, or an archive for clinical studies of GLBTQ research. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2015 at 7:31am

Cool pics, Ian! And great ideas for church use, G.C.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 26, 2015 at 12:11am

Some great ideas there. Here's a place that was a local venue for me when I was a student and is still going strong.

http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/the-venue/

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 25, 2015 at 9:21pm

Found at Hidden City Philadelphia, with plenty of pictures and examples of creative reuse:

Holy Smokes: What Do We Do With All These Churches?

How To Reuse A Church: Our Top Ten

Comment by sk8eycat on May 25, 2015 at 8:49pm

Good idea; I hope that a profit-making business taking over an old church will pay property taxes, and not apply for a "historical site" exemption.

There is a former Baptwit church in Burbank that is now Syrian or Armenian....HUGE piece of prime property.  I don't know how it could be re-purposed into something commercial, but it would make me happy if it were.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 25, 2015 at 6:02pm

On another note: many people were religious for some time, then got over it. (Much of our present company included.)

This is true of buildings as well! In Albany, this former church got Overit (Overit Media, to be precise):

Hit the link for more pictures. In the article, Overit CEO Dan Dinsmore notes: "No pun intended, but a lot of it isn't 'altar-ed.' We cleaned up the outside, but reused everything inside we could."

(h/t Tom Schott)

Comment by Plinius on May 25, 2015 at 10:41am

Great pics, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2015 at 10:26am

Sweetness :-)

 

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