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( Apr. 1st, 2007 03:25 pm)
There's a debate up on MSNBC between Sam Harris (notable Atheist) and Rick Warren (Chrisitian author of The Purpose Driven Life). It's an interesting read. Harris sounds frustrated by the fact that Warren just Isn't Getting It, and Warren sounds much the same.

And then we come to this quote:
I believe that history split into A.D. and B.C. because of the Resurrection. And the Resurrection is not only the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is the hope of the world: it says there's more to this life than just here and now. That doesn't mean that I do less, it means that this life is a test, it's a trust and it's a temporary assignment. If death is the end, shoot, I'm not going to waste another minute being altruistic.

In translation, this says to me, "I'm going to be a good person. I'll do all the right things and say all the right things, but only because if I don't, Bad Things Will Happen." Warren's not going out and helping people because it's the right thing to do; he's doing it because he'll get smacked in the next life if he doesn't.

And that's just sad.
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( Nov. 14th, 2006 02:21 pm)
There is a tiny (but I suppose growing) Extreme Conservative Christian Protestant movement that refuses to use any form of birth control up to and including the rhythm method. Some of the members in this movement have upwards of eight or ten children.

Eight to ten children.

You know, back when all possible hands were needed to work the farm, do the spinning and make sure that there was enough food in storage to last the winter, I can see wanting as many children as you could crank out. But now?

Let us consider the ramifications of eight children for a moment. )
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( Nov. 1st, 2006 12:35 pm)
Halloween

I am, I confess, not so much with the trick-or-treating. It seems like a lot of stress and fuss and bother for an insufficient reward. Me, I'd be perfectly content to dress D up, sit in our house and hand out candy. But dragging her out door to door? Meh. So I was perhaps not the best person to take tLD out last night. Still, we hit one house and have a better idea for how to handle next year. We'll dress her up, take her down to the clubhouse for the local neighborhood "show off your costumes" thing and then go back to hand out candy. When she's older, we'll revisit.

Still, it was good night with pleasant company and happy (if somewhat baffled) sproglings. We managed to get a decent number of pictures, although the coon-kit wasn't down with the hat wearing. Look for September and October pictures this weekend.

--

Samhain

My Samhain was worked in and around Halloween -- mostly in the cracks of quiet and peace afforded to me by two somewhat hyperactive childen. Still, I managed to do enough that I felt like I had sufficiently honored the day even if I didn't get to do as much as I would have normally liked. I'll likely do a wrap-up this evening after tLD goes to sleep for the night which should complete everything nicely.
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( May. 5th, 2006 03:26 pm)
I admit that I don't usually go surfing the Extreme Fundie Websites. I lost my capacity for outrage over them sometime in college, and the amusement value just isn't sufficient anymore. Yet a recent posting on [livejournal.com profile] bad_feminists has me scrolling through a few of the "You must wear dresses if you want to be a good Christian Woman" sites. While skimming, I came across one of the saddest statements I've ever heard from a Christian:

God is very concerned with the outward appearance of a saved person.

God is? You mean God really cares what I look like on the outside? Theologically and historically speaking, I suppose God really did care about the outward appearence of the tribe of Israel. After all, when trying to distinguish yourself from all of your neighbors, it helps to have a particular (mandated) form of dress and appearance. However, I'm pretty sure Jesus wasn't known for caring what you wore. We are talking about the man who hung out with prostitutes, tax collectors and fishermen on a regular basis. Surely he didn't care about the outward appearance of those around him.

(We won't even get into the logic used to explain why Pants are a Man's Garment and can not be a women's.)
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