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    Annie Besant - a fascinating atheist to look into

    Annie Besant (1847-1943) was an atheist who evolved into a very active, humanistic, spiritual advocate for women’s rights and social causes. She might serve as an example for atheists wanting to explore a spiritual side of themselves. She did it by basically rising above sectarian religion and...
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    Universal Development Per Paul in Pictograms

    For once I am going to use pictograms to describe the life of Christ or cosmos per Paul's conception in order to demonstrate how simple the plan of salvation really is. IOW, it does not require a lot words. It also parallels actual or potential universal developmental processes, therefore, a...
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    Parable of the Tenants: Evolution or Design

    The parable of the tenants (Matt 21:33+) may help illustrate the critical missing element in the discussion of evolution and intelligent design, specifically, the Master who “went to another country” AFTER building a tower, vineyard, fence, and winepress. During his absence the property was...
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    Source of Suffering

    The subject of suffering usually cycles around in this forum because a lot of theistic and atheistic ideas revolve around it. For example, Christians build the doctrine of vicarious atonement on suffering as necessary to appease “God’s wrath,” or as a penalty for sin. Atheists use it as...
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    The Coin-Flipper (and randomness)

    A scientist came along one day who claimed that coin-flipping proves God does not exist due to the random way that it produces results. He claimed that random events determine whether a coin flips on its head or its tail, not God. How can there be a God if he does not even control the results...
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    SATAN: Old Testament Servant Angel or New Testament Cosmic Rebel? by Richard Murray

    I read an article a few years back that provides an interesting perspective on the disposition of YHWH in the Old Testament and how to reconcile it with Jesus. His solution is to divide YHWH into good and bad and assign the former to Jesus and the latter to Satan. It is kind of a cheap man’s...
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    Cosmic calendar

    I ran across this interesting picture of the life of our universe scaled to an entire year (12 months). I had never seen it before. Cosmic calender It was apparently designed for a secular audience but I personally think the concept may have been a metaphor from classical times for the “year...
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    Geneaology of Everyone

    Here is a recent article about the history of humans spreading across the world from studying DNA. Enjoy. Geneaology of Everyone Methods “The researchers built the genealogy using 3,601 genetic samples from people around the world and eight ancient samples, the oldest coming from Neanderthal...
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    A New Bible Translation Reveals a Different Message of Paul

    There is a new translation of the New Testament called “The New Testament: a Translation” by David Bentley Hart which reveals an alternate meaning to what everyone has been told. This is exciting for me because I discovered this after comparing young’s literal translation to all other...
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    Adam Shamed and Killed (“crucified”) by a Tree

    (I am putting this in the Jewish section because it appertains to the interpretation of Adam in Hebrew scriptures. I am demonstrating below that “Christ crucified” may be none other than Adam shamed and killed (“crucified”) by a tree. IOW, presume no alleged historical Gospel Jesus.) In his...
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    The Historical Perspective of the Resurrected Christ

    The Historical Perspective of the Resurrected Christ What if Paul’s resurrected Messiah was actually a reference to the Messiah of “The Way” in the first century B.C. who actually wrote poetically about his own ascent from the grave long before the alleged Gospel Jesus lived? This is actual...
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    The "Plan" in My Mind

    To all a-theists, I have a plan in my mind to create something that is common to everyone. My plan involves taking substance and ordering it in a certain way to be pleasing to myself and others. Can anyone tell me what that plan is given all the money and technology of the world? Now...
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    Origins of Christianity --Actual Evidence and Reason!

    (Please note that the Dead Sea Scrolls are the greatest archaeological discovery in the history of nation Israel so I am placing this OP in the Archaeology thread.) Based on Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo's tractates, Paul's epistles, Nag Hammadi, and Trismegistic literature, it is readily apparent...
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    Genesis and You

    Hey guys, providing a rough sketch about what Genesis possibly meant to those Jews who allegorized scripture, to include, Sethians, Essenes, Nassenes, Ebionites, etc. Hippolytus associates them through some teachings by Elxai or El-chasia, which in Aramaic, means, the hidden power of El. It is...
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    Dune Part 1

    Thought the cinematography was outstanding. The story kind of ends abruptly so people who have not read the book will probably walk away a little confused or disappointed. Apparently it will be two years before the part 2 comes out in 2023, if approved. That’s a long time to wait to find out...
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    Methods of Creation

    (Posted in the secular forums due to Methods of Creation belonging to rational, evidence based naturalistic mechanisms of creation, to include, evolution.) An atheist recently stated that there appears to be no methods or design to God’s creation. To which I reply, maybe your perspective is...
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    Suppose the Gospels were a Literary Genre...

    Einar Thomassen identifies the so-called Revelation Discourse as a literary vehicle for presenting Gnostic truths dramatically as revelations coming from the mouth of the Redeemer. He suggests that Revelation Discourses may have originated as treatises but were converted to this genre for...
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    First Cause in the Bible

    First Cause would be “El“ in the Bible. He is identified as the “Beginning” of the creation myth because everything begins with him/her/it. Thus, the Bible starts with, “In the Beginning, …”. He produces the second and third causes. “In the beginning [First Cause], Elohim [Ruach] created the...
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    The Flaw(s) in Intelligent Design...

    is that it presumes "intelligent design" happened later in earth's history rather than at the beginning of (or before) cosmic history, ie. before the Big Bang. Again, it erroneously presumes that the "Designer" intervened supernaturally during the history of our planet when actually the...
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    Unmasking the “Spirit”

    I think I have a pretty good idea what ”spirit” meant to the mystics when our era began and how to describe it in todays language, versus, apply it in abstract, dogmatic terms. Spirit is the state of substance when harmonized by virtues. It is an ideal state of being that God wills for his...
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