Joshua Tongol at The Place
Posted May 01, 2013 at 11:47 AM
After the show, Jones said, "Joshua Tongol is questioning "what man said God said", but I don't know if most theists can accept his honesty, and yet, his willingness to move forward without worrying about what others may say or think should empower them to be so honest and bold." During the show, there were many positive things stated about the value of having atheists and theists together. Jones stated, "If I can't put atheists first, then I'm not willing to be last, and if I can't do unto others as I would do unto myself, then I'm not like Christ. So, am I willing to wrestle with questions outside of my comfort zone, or am I just too afraid of change."
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Jun 20th, 2013
why should any man have more than a sgnlie shot rifle? because there is a history of governments that oppress their people, including those that once respected their people. A government with no fear becomes a government without limits, just as a man without fear becomes a man without limits. Thus, while dangerous, it is important that a person be free to make their own choices in regards to the weapons they own. Just because you make something illegal doesn't make you safe. It just means when the time comes, those willing to break the law will have (or those who make the law will have) and those who abide by the law will be without. And those without can suddenly find themselves force to give out more.
Jun 21st, 2013
You're quite correct, Pauline, that the 19% have no reguiiols affiliation , but may still be spiritual or whatever, and believe in a god or gods. However, I think the 19% is a reasonable guide to atheist numbers, because I suspect the number of unaffiliated believers would be offset by the number of people who identify as Lutheran or Mormon or Muslim for cultural reasons, may attend community prayers on an annual basis to keep a spouse or parent happy, but are actually atheists. Regardless of the details, there is clearly a shift in the US towards a more secular culture, as has already been happening across Europe for several decades.From the perspective of this blog, we are shifting back from the monotheist fundamentalism of Palestine to the secular/spiritual tolerance of the Empire.
Jun 21st, 2013
Even when I was a theist, I never untersdood how saying Oh my God was taking anyone's name in vain. God is not the Abrahamic god's name anymore than my name is Man. It's what I am, not my name. That's why Judaism never had a problem with saying Elohim , but did treat Yahweh's actual name with so much reverence that they wouldn't even pronounce it when reading (saying instead Adonai ), and there's still debate as to what the actual pronunciation is.
Jun 22nd, 2013
about us formerly rloigieus folks missing that kind of community. A good friend and I were just talking about that yesterday. We used to be hardcore Bible thumpers together, and we've both now questioned things and come to pretty much the same conclusions. But we sometimes miss being surrounded by like-minded individuals. When you feel like you can't really be honest with anyone about your agnosticism (hello, I don't even use my real name here, just in case someone I know were to come across it, as unlikely as that may seem), but you can't fit yourself into the church mold anymore, you can feel very, very alone. I can't say this totally replaces that community I used to have, but I have been so encouraged coming here, just to know that I'm not the only one that thinks this way. Looking forward to this new series!
May 19th, 2014
Why are Christians talking about defense here? It is rebellious to stand militarily against the government established by our God, no matter how evil it may be. And rebellion is the same as witchcraft. The United States (questionable appellation, really) should have never been formed, because those who formed it rebelled against the authority God had set up. And 200 years later we have a new, liberal government based in Marxism that people want to rebel against, and likely will, militarily, at some point. What will be the new result? Another government to be rebelled against at some future time. It never ends, but Christians can stop it cold by not rebelling, but accepting what is.