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Is Christianity a retelling of pagan stories? NO. 57 Morality and Religion 2/6/15 11:44pm
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First problem: the inability to divine the future accurately is not relevant to whether we can read evidence of the past. and your atheist priests think they know what happened billions of years ago? We can't even figure out an accurate retelling of history within the range of a few thousand years, or how about something much closer, like Columbus? But we know what happened billions of years ...
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2/6/15 7:48pm
Sandokiri
Is Christianity a retelling of pagan stories? NO. 57 Morality and Religion 2/6/15 11:44pm
anonymous attributes
Except for one small detail: most nascent settlement-based civilisations started near rivers, and relied on flood cycles for agriculture. Occasionally, the annual flood is severe. It's not that big a leap to conceive of an Epic Flood as a sort of apocalypse that happened in the past, with contemporary severe floods being a reminder of that level of divine wrath. So coincidence is not out of t ...
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2/5/15 7:32pm
Sandokiri
Is Christianity a retelling of pagan stories? NO. 57 Morality and Religion 2/6/15 11:44pm
anonymous attributes
The Christians had the *word* fish (ichthys) as an acronym referring to Jesus. This allowed them to use the fish symbol to identify each other; and anyone seeking to persecute them wouldn't be able to tell the difference between it being used as a Christian symbol or a pagan symbol. That's the useful coincidence. And as for what you're claiming, it has to do with how Christianity tended t ...
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2/4/15 10:42pm
Sandokiri
Is Christianity a retelling of pagan stories? NO. 57 Morality and Religion 2/6/15 11:44pm
anonymous attributes
To be fair: -Those pagan traditions that you are ascribing to Christmas are elements of Hallmark Christmas, not of any celebrations of the nativity (which actually wasn't typically celebrated by the early church, due to the major doctrinal emphasis on its hero's *death* as the climactic moment.) -Whatever traditions pagan Eostur-monath might have had, only the name Easter remains; but this ...
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2/4/15 9:23pm
Sandokiri
Is Christianity a retelling of pagan stories? NO. 57 Morality and Religion 2/6/15 11:44pm
anonymous attributes
That's actually why translations are a bad thing. You lose context and idioms that existed in the original language, especially when the original languages have been "dead" (that is, not spoken in any populations) for millennia. As such, then, what do you propose? To leave it at the current corrupted level? To do what the Hebrews did when originally refusing to speak the name, and substitu ...
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2/2/15 11:47pm
Sandokiri
Is Christianity a retelling of pagan stories? NO. 57 Morality and Religion 2/6/15 11:44pm
anonymous attributes
Then answer this: why is "Jehovah" in the KJV six times? Because if "Yahweh" is a problem, then "Jehovah" (which is YHWH with the vowels of @DNY) is much more of one, as it incorporates an error. And don't say that "Jehovah" is more correct, as in addition to deliberately "wrong" vowels, the choice of letters leads to errors like thinking that /d3/ and /v/ phonemes were in the original word, ...
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2/2/15 10:24pm
Sandokiri
Is Christianity a retelling of pagan stories? NO. 57 Morality and Religion 2/6/15 11:44pm
anonymous attributes
Actually, not quite. The reality is a bit more nuanced, thanks to a Hebrew reading principle called qere. 1. (yodh - he - waw - he) is the sequence of Hebrew letters according to their names. This can be rendered YHWH or YHVH, the difference is not all that important for our purposes. Gesenius suggested the transliteration Yahweh, and it is widely used in the scholarship. 2. In Hebr ...
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2/2/15 9:41pm
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Wutchu Think About Zero Suit Samus? 12 Super Smash Brothers 2/1/15 10:41pm
Alex Arkas
The Zero Suit is what Samus is seen wearing when she's chillaxing in something other than a military uniform or civilian clothes, and/or mentally unable to will the Power Suit into existence. Anyone who's played Zero Mission knows that while she's quite agile without the Suit's mobility features, she's actually not all that comfortable fighting in it, with the Paralyser being little more than a " ...
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1/31/15 7:36pm
Sandokiri
Share your best Wondertrade grab here! 24 Pokémon 1/31/15 11:04pm
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An ordinary Japanese Stunfisk, back on White. I've gotten some shinies and some foreign Dittos and whatnot - but the Stunfisk certainly ranks as my best, because it became useful.
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1/30/15 8:35pm
Sandokiri
Egg move...but it learns it level up. :/ 3 Pokémon 1/28/15 11:39pm
Main Page Nitemare Headba
Oddly enough, certain Pokemon have egg moves that are also in its levelling set; what it does is make it easier to put that move on a hatchling, due to the rules of moveset breeding: -If the move is an egg move, then only one parent needs to have it. (Before Gen 6, this had to be the father.) -If the move is a levelling move but not an egg move, then both parents need to have it (or els ...
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1/28/15 11:04pm
Sandokiri
Logic Game: Transgendered People 236 Extended Discussion 1/30/15 12:56am
Jeff the Kitten
...I'm pretty sure I just said something like that. But read on, because "gender and sex are not the same entity" is something for which sourced evidence exists... but not necessarily as you would. You can accept that your behavior is typically masculine without having your v****a cut up and reshaped to look like a p***s and ball sack. An arbitrary "you," perhaps, since personally that's an ...
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1/28/15 10:21pm
Sandokiri
Logic Game: Transgendered People 236 Extended Discussion 1/30/15 12:56am
Jeff the Kitten
Actually, I do find it reasonable to think that both cannot occur together. The latter (refusal of treatment) is certainly not uncommon. But "happy to have cancer" is a wild stretch of imagination, better left to the tabloids. (Note in this case the happiness comes from being vindicated in his belief that it WAS cancer - and he certainly did want it removed.) And no, I'm not considering ...
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1/28/15 8:02pm
Sandokiri
Logic Game: Transgendered People 236 Extended Discussion 1/30/15 12:56am
Jeff the Kitten
To clear up a misconception here: I'm opposing the notion put forth by OP that all gender dysphorics should be put on a regimen of anti-psychotics and conversion therapy. If I seem otherwise, it's not my intent. But yes, actually, getting "pumped full of crazy pills" is a bad thing, considering some of the things those drugs can do to a person; it's not something I'd wish on anyone. As fo ...
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1/28/15 4:42am
Sandokiri
Logic Game: Transgendered People 236 Extended Discussion 1/30/15 12:56am
Jeff the Kitten
That would involve the World Health Organisation's definition of gender: the social construct by which psychological and behavioural traits are assigned into categories based on a given society's stereotypes and ideals for a given sex. Gender dysphoria is the recognition that one's own traits tend not to conform to those assigned by society for one's own sex. It is not a delusion, by definit ...
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1/28/15 4:18am
Sandokiri
Logic Game: Transgendered People 236 Extended Discussion 1/30/15 12:56am
Jeff the Kitten
I'll voice the concern as well, but (for purposes of this thread) on different grounds: the OP's final premise is that his (I still doubt that they're yours, as much as you want to take credit of them to your own disservice) proposed alternatives promote health and happiness in transgender folks better than conventional HRT / SRS therapy. Specifically, the method of action of anti-psychotics ...
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1/28/15 12:06am
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