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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on March 12, 2016 at 1:09am

Bishop Lang may have his own self-interest in mind.

A nickel says that he will soon leave the Church and come out as an atheist.

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 12, 2016 at 1:04am

"Trump Is Winning Even Though 66% of Us Don't Like Him...."

Brilliant!

Add the numbers of those who support all the other Repub candidates and assume that none of them consider Trump a second choice!

Yeah, brilliant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2016 at 6:40pm

If Lang receives a reprimand, or gets negative propaganda, or is required to recant because of his statement, then I hope to hear a loud roar of protest from every mouth using megaphones to denounce those who would challenge his position. 

Lang's speech ought also ring from the rooftops for all to hear. Take heed Pope, lest you go down as Ozymandias. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2016 at 6:32pm

If Lang receives a reprimand, or gets negative propaganda, or is required to recant because of his statement, then I hope to hear a loud roar of protest from every mouth using megaphones to denounce those who would challenge his position. 

Lang's speech ought also ring from the rooftops for all to hear. Take heed Pope, lest you go down as Ozymandias. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2016 at 1:51pm

Daniel - I don't think it is technically. Whether or not it's acceptable in polite company depends on your view of grammar - descriptive or prescriptive.

Comment by Daniel W on March 10, 2016 at 12:02pm
BB, thanks for posting Lang's supportive statements. Interesting. I will ponder the significance.

By the way, I didn't know "Nutshell" was a verb. Interesting.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2016 at 9:20am

I agree with you Loren that this in no way signals any changes in the Church's stance on anything, and I wouldn't expect any result other than Lang probably getting chastised by his superiors.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 10, 2016 at 9:13am

Bertold, Bishop Lang's statement regarding atheists is at least initially stunning on its face, and far more sweeping than anything Frankie the Gaucho has said regarding atheism or atheists to date.  My problem is that it is commendable only to the degree to which Lang's position will persist despite opposition from Lang's own ranks.  The RCC still thinks of itself as the only game in town, and belief in its standards and usages as not just salutary but mandatory.

I think follow-up on his statement a few days downstream would be worthwhile.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2016 at 8:56am

Great narration in the video, Daniel. (Except I think there were earlier gods than Zeus and Thor.) You're right about the mascot - the antics of the R's remind me of a word I haven't heard in decades -- monkeyshines.

Comment by Daniel W on March 10, 2016 at 8:44am

Even though I posted this embed on a different topic, I really feel it fits with any discussion of Trump and the Republican electorate.  Here it is again.  This video reminded me of the Repub primaries and especially Trump, even though I kept telling myself no, that's just my sick sense of humor.  My apologies if you don't think it's worth the look.


The Repub party needs to change their mascot to a chimp.
 
 
 

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