"SDAs, like all religious believers, make assumptions about what's real instead of investigating it. As such, there's no argument that they can make with respect to the veracity of their claims.
After finally removing myself from clutches…"
"I remember having to sell magazines and some cheap plastic crap called "Tom Watt" that came in a large cardboard box made to look like a briefcase. They gave them to us in school to sell (an SDA jr. academy K-10 school). We had to lug that…"
"Wow. The church bulletins... I almost completely forgot about those! We'd use them to figure out when we could run off to the local corner store after the AYS (formerly JMV) evening service for bubble gum and whatnot."
"I would say that she probably suffered from a form of epilepsy (which would explain her "trances" and the professed superhuman ability to hold up heavy objects for apparently inordinately long periods of time). So that rock is likely…"
"These types of institutions could not exist without instilling fear into their adherents. Otherwise there's no reason to believe that one needs salvation. A perfect god that you can't detect in any empirical fashion created you in a flawed…"
"To be exact, it was about the persecution of the faithful during the last days. A "government cooperation card" was needed to be able to buy anything. Xtians were being rounded up and sent to concentration camps, etc.
A really dramatic…"
"I remember that we had to read a book called "Cosmic Conflict: Good and Evil Wage War for Planet Earth" or some such nonsense. Here it is on Amazon: http://goo.gl/37fyV
We also read "Steps to Christ" and a bunch of other…"
"It wasn't just literature that I was given to read. Philosophy, science (oh god the science), math. Everything. I enjoyed it! Immensely! I was a nerd! Still am. I'm a bit more well rounded than your average nerd, but my parents…"
"When I want my kids to learn classical literature I give them the book to read, not a movie, and especially not Disney's versions of anything. I do not support Disney, their products, or their founder/creator.
As both of my parents were…"
"I was a Pathfinder. Campmeeting (and the Pathfinder related events of the first weekend) was a time for us young people to get together with friends that we haven't seen from other churches located further away than we could get under our own…"
"Yeah, I know that now. :) Pretty much everyone who knows me knew that I didn't eat pork. They were shocked as all hell when I told my friends. And yeah, I felt like a rebel with every delicious bite. Apparently food…"
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