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Posted on June 17 at 8:31 p.m.
I missed it too, Bill (exhaustion). Your bff MML was there.
On Echoes Through Time
Posted on June 16 at 1:59 p.m.
Osiris (Egyptian) & Dionysus (Greek) were "male, partly human, born of virgins, life-death-rebirth deities and [had] other similar characteristics." (Wikipedia)
Resurrection was non-kosher to Hebrews, because dead bodies were ritually unclean and therefore ineligible to serve as priests. But God "himself" (i.e., not Jesus) had to pull off a big miracle, because the developing narrative of universal Church as new heir to Israel's covenant and indeed its fulfillment, was a weak narrative in need of a decisive supporting myth. (This is according to theologian Burton Mack, if memory serves.) So, a Greek myth had to be hauled in. "Had-eus" corpus?
Both Egypt and Mesopotamia had floods and clay firstpeople in their creation myths, not surprisingly for big-river people. But the ur-religion might have been something like Australian aboriginal dreamtime. Homo erectus survived until a mere 25,000 years ago in nearby Indonesia. Australians kept the face, and altho their brains grew, they're still world's smallest. Research in this area seems to be constrained by politics, judging by sniff test.
I just found out that the prefix ur- comes from Old High German, not Chaldean, ha ha. Too bad the Epics of Gilgamesh weren't included in the Christian canon.We can't have too many stories.
Hey - maybe "dreamtime" persists in modern religions. In a dream, you don't question absurdities too much, you just go with the flow. If you're talking to a woman who's a composite of two former girlfriends, and she morphs into a sea turtle and swims away, well, that was then and this is now. I think believers read the Bible in a dream state.
Does "saved" mean "spared from the fate of the masses"? That might explain why universalism is so widely shunned. People want to be God's pets. Someone in the United Church of Christ informed me that "UCC" is sometimes called "Unitarians Contemplating Christianity," presumably by the heaven-bound.
Posted on June 15 at 11:42 a.m.
Careful, Ken_Volok. Fools rush in where Balaam's talking donkey feared to tread.
Posted on June 15 at 11:37 a.m.
The aether is all symmetry and unblemished perfection: just look at the moon.
Rochelle had something to say. Her appellations were just verbal paprika. Perhaps Sharon Kelley didn't like the stew itself. She wants no meat in her (oh, heck) "fruitful dialogue."
The LDS Mormon church probably got it right when they directed their followers to say they liked Stone & Parker's Book of Mormon.
But nobody needs talent to become a celebrated artist overnight. Just paint or sculpt something anti-Catholic today, and tomorrow you and your Magnum Opus are seen by all. Hey, but at least the Pope won't hunt you down.
Posted on June 12 at 3:22 p.m.
Drones don't kill people, military personnel don't kill people. Politicians kill people. But some citizens with fringe issues about whacking tar-babies still need a place to protest that's less remote than D.C. They shouldn't forget that blocking the roadway itself now legally constitutes "terrorism" in the long war (?) of GWOT. Follow the money or just wave it goodbye.
On Dog Mad: Dog Smash
Posted on May 30 at 2:01 a.m.
The word "false" in the middle of the tree's name was innocently unnoticed? I think the old tree was pushed.
On Douglas Preserve Replacement Tree Removed
Posted on May 15 at 12:02 a.m.
"Black dog man" on the Grassy Knoll has an awfully big nose. It's GOTTA be LBJ with his varmint rifle.
Re the Constitution, it's odd that the writer mentions the Constitution's demise. Should Americans just sit back peaceable & enjoy the spectacle of transition from republic to cui-bono empire? Not that armed revolt is the only fix! But why pull the fangs off the rattler? "Please tread on me?"
On Guns, Congress, and the Commander-in-Chief
Posted on May 13 at 12:26 a.m.
I regret over-generalizing in my post above. Obviously, many Jews in USA & Israel disapprove of AIPAC's sway over US politicians. And some even have the matzo dumplings to speak out. Sorry... I was het up & got careless.
Status quo is just crazy-making. Just imagine how ugly things will get if our save-Israel-or-bust ethos consummates in bust economically, due both to up-front expenditures and melt-down from nuclear war. We'll all be good Germans then. "What, WE got nuked, and Israel could have warned us?" Does that sound like a game-changer? Worms do turn, even huge ones.
Hey, look at the above posters spitting out plain truths! We've got to get past the point where only comedians address these crucial issues.
Bill, I'm not one who expects clarity or consistency from the Bible. It seems to me that Hebrews cleverly declared themselves to be the special pets of The One True God (specifically, YHWH), and that now, Christians are saying "Well, if you say so!" But if you're looking for scriptural reasons to question the Hagee-ites support for Israel, try The National Prayer Network. Regarding the kvetch about Christians supporting Israel so that Israel can ultimately be destroyed, hey gimme 5$ if you think that'll ultimately make me go broke. How dumb are goyim supposed to be?
And Freud didn't slip, he was pushed.
On Easy to Criticize
Posted on May 11 at 1:02 p.m.
Check out this maliciously anti-Israel comment from the NYT:
Asked tonight [Sept 11, 2001] what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, ''It's very good.'' Then he edited himself: ''Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.'' He predicted that the attack would ''strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we've experienced terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of terror.''
Posted on May 11 at 12:44 p.m.
For civility's sake, maybe we can all just stop using nouns, adjectives and verbs.
On Naive Notion
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