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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 22 hours ago. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

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Comment by Ian Mason on December 28, 2013 at 10:27am

I thought it was funny too, Feliane. Not the original meaning of the expression "Boxing Day" but a humorous deveation.

A good weekend all :-)

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 28, 2013 at 12:57am

Thanks, Joan, for setting us straight about the original Pandora.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 27, 2013 at 11:29pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 27, 2013 at 11:27pm

Sorry.  I thought it was funny.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 27, 2013 at 6:17pm

I prefer the actual nonviolent Boxing Day to that LOL, sk8eycat. Enough violence already.

Thanks for the education about Pandora and her jar, Joan, including the links. Mythic inversion indeed.

booklover, that's hilarious!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2013 at 3:28pm

Ian, the Trojan Horse in Turkey is a prime example of justifiable fear of the Greek mythology. A lovely gift, and so generous, at the cost of the city of Troy. 

Or the "gift of God" of his son, Jesus. What a gift. Father a human child by invading the body of a young woman, (not a virgin as has been written), without her knowledge or her consent, with the sole intention of having Jesus slaughtered as a sacrificial lamb of god for the primitive people who were designed by god to be imperfect and punished by god for being imperfect. 

Nonsense, built upon nonsense. This is pure comedy and should be treated as such. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2013 at 2:27pm

Thanks Ian. 

ti·me·o Da·na·os et do·na fe·ren·tes; Latin.

English tim-ee-oh dan-ey-ohs et doh-nuh fuh-ren-teez]  

I fear the Greeks even when they bear gifts (I fear treacherous persons even when they appear to be friendly). Vergil's Aeneid:  I, 2:49.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 27, 2013 at 12:06pm

Timeo Daneos et dona ferentes, Joan.

A realistic tract about death: like it.

I'd heard of sugar-free for diabetics but fat-free is new to me.

Finished my last shift this morning and have (almost) the rest of the year off, from now until 11 p.m. New Year's evening. Time for the last burst of housework in 2013.

Comment by Plinius on December 27, 2013 at 1:03am

Some years ago I read texts about the male usurpation of matriarchal societies and religions , but texts like these are always biassed one way or the other. As far as I remember Mary could have been a goddes in her own right and later incorporated in xtianity.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2013 at 10:01pm

Part 2

One example that made us have a really hearty laugh was the ancient stories of Pandora of Neolithic times. She was the bringer of water, grains, animals, and all things needed to survive and thrive according to the clay figurines, and ancient art. 

In Greek mythologyPandora (Greek: Πανδώρα, derived from πᾶν, pān, i.e. "all" and δῶρον, dōron, i.e. "gift", thus "the all-endowed", "the all-gifted" or "the all-giving". "She who sends up gifts,"[3] implying "from below" within the earth, which is a clue to an earlier myth." 

Pandora, c. 1626, Nicolas Régnier correctly portrayed Pandora with a jar, not a box, in his Allegory of Vanity—Pandora

Her tool was a jar. When the patriarchs told her story, she had a box of evil things, representing vanity, hunger, disease, evil spirits. Thus Pandora and her box of evil.

The oracles of Delphi were males, according to Greek tour guides. When Gimbutas and Eisler made statements about only women being oracles, the official guides, that we were required to have with us, refuted their version. The guide insisted no woman was worthy of such an honor. 

Patriarchally influences archaeologist not only re-told these stories, they also revised them to suit their political interests. 

 

 

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