The existence of God is not subjective...

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 23, 2013 at 9:13pm

And Islam sports the same solution for disbelief - kill everyone who doesn't believe as you do! Problem solved: One World, united in a belief system!

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 23, 2013 at 9:58pm

"(annoying) brother" - *:x lovestruck

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 23, 2013 at 10:26pm

"Psychiatry seems to referrence the happenings in the NT a lot.. I wonder why that is. ( wink wink-nudge nudge )"

Aesop told morality stories with talking animals. All drama that we know today, stage, TV, movies, evolved from church-sponsored "morality plays" originating in the Middle Ages. The Brothers Grimm collected fairy tales from all over Europe, each with a moral. Even today's TV cartoons teach some form of morality.

Teachers of morality, rightly or wrongly, tend to ply their trade, using the most popular myths of the era, but they'd never passed them off as non-fiction.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 23, 2013 at 10:50pm

Having read the article, the answer is even more obvious, the psychiatrist is also a Christian - nobody's perfect.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 2:18am

Actually, I commented on it here, crediting you, of course --

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 9:46am

"they all perform ritualisation, ceremony and bestowment in some form or another to the community.  Thats the bit Im interested in."

Had you said that in the first place, you'd have saved me hours of work in criticizing your intention of revitalizing a dying fiction, researching the past landmark achievements of that fiction, and vacuuming all the hair I've pulled out over the past couple of days.

NOW I can give your theory some semi-serious consideration! (Sorry, I never get more than semi-serious about much of anything, life's too short.)

SO, please elaborate on your definitions of, "ritualisation, ceremony and bestowment," why these are important, and what you envision accomplishing through the use of each. I could make assumptions, but that could lead us down yet another road of misunderstanding. I don't make this request sarcastically, to trap you, but on the other hand, I will rip into, like a barracuda coming off a low-protein diet, any unsound theories that demean the human ability to make intelligent decisions, which is to say, implying, as Mother Church has for centuries, that children are babies that need to be spoon-fed lies to keep them on the straight and narrow.

Did you know that Hell wasn't created (in the minds of men) until the New Testament? It's a Hebrew-ization (yeah, I know, there ain't no such word, but there is now!) of the Greek concept of Hades (the NT was written entirely in Greek) - prior to then, the OT promoted the idea of "Sheol," a grey place where the dead went to play shuffleboard for eternity, but it wasn't until the "god is love" Christians came along, that we were sent to writhe in flames by that god who so loved the world. Just another example of the Church saying, "We think you're too stupid to get it, so we're going to scare the crap out of you! So when you come to church, bring a change of underwear."

So now that we're on relatively common ground, let's talk about this. Really.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 10:06am

RE: "WWDWD doesn't sound as good as WWJD" - maybe not, but it would certainly make good grist for a limerick, if I could just work out the other lines, using "Who do" and "voodoo" --

BTW - this was always my favorite -->

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 10:25am

"How to teach empathy?" - example, example, example.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 12:18pm

Angela - if this is more than just a whim with you, and it's something you really want to put together, It's going to take a great deal of work. I have here, a brief summary of all of the world's major religions, from which, you might be able to glean insight. (Note that the Westboro Baptist Church has it's own entry - could that mean that no other religion wants to claim it?)

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 3:38pm

"got any ideas?"

If you like, I'll proof what you write, but the ideas must be all yours --

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