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The Bible's Many gods
“There is none like you among the gods, O Lord” Psalms (86:8)
“For Yahweh is a great god, and a great king above all gods” Psalms (95:3)
“Yahweh executed judgments against their gods” Numbers (33:4)
Religion  Bible 
16 hours ago by blossm
Gospel contents - Wikipedia
The gospels are memories of the deeds and words of Jesus. The four narratives share a story in which the earthly career of Jesus culminates in his death and resurrection, an event of crucial redemptive significance. The four are inconsistent in detail. John and the three synoptics relate the same basic story-line, but within this overall framework they present completely different pictures of Jesus' career.
religion  analysis  reference 
yesterday by danesparza
the reason for stars
“So, I was thinking about Easter Service.”  Said father Patrick one afternoon while dad was doing his computer science homework at the church because his dorm was a barely-standing fire hazard and the library was where you went to have sex.

“Well, we do re-enactments for christmas.  Why not on easter?  Why not re-enact the crucifixion of Christ right here? Make it real for everyone.  Trauma’s great for bonding a community together.”

“Who’s playing Jesus?” asked Maria, always one for a good laugh.

“That’s the thing- A Host, it doesn’t look much like flesh, right?  Doesn’t look like much of anything, really.  Not great for reinforcing one’s belief.

What if, instead, we- and I mean you, Maria, I can’t cook to save my life- make a man-sized loaf of bread, maybe in the shape of a T, and we have some of the boys dress up as romans and whip the bread and we pour the wine on so it’s bleeding and them- then we make a big wooden cross and actually nail the bread to it with, I don’t know, railroad spikes, more wine all over. And we raise the cross, all while telling the story of the crucifixion.”

He paused to take a drink, Maria slowly crumpling onto the floor in horrified laughter and Dad now thoroughly distracted from his homework.

“Then we lower the cross, and invite everyone who wants to take communion up to tear a hunk of Jesus off.  Just descend into his corpse like vultures.  I think that’d really be a good bonding experience for the church.”  he nodded thoughtfully.  “The hard, part, I suppose, will be finding enough romans.”

“I WANNA BE LONGINUS.” bellowed my father, barreling into the room.
religion  nonfic 
yesterday by kit12123
The Last Temptation

One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics—really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent political history—is the loyal adherence of religious conservatives to Donald Trump. The president won four-fifths of the votes of white evangelical Christians. This was a higher level of support than either Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush, an outspoken evangelical himself, ever received.
religion  history  politics 
yesterday by shusta
Solving the Problems of Theodicy (incomplete draft)
"In this paper I argue that moral evils, natural evils of all types, suffering caused by “divine hiddenness”,
religious confusion, and all forms of privation of the “due good” can be explained on a model of theodicy
which meets the following five criteria:
1) God is omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good.
2) God is perfectly opposed to every evil of every kind and degree. God’s maximal opposition to evils
extends not only to horrors, but to those types of evils/sufferings we typically find tolerable and normal.
3) Absolutely all evil is gratuitous when considered in itself. That is, no evil is necessary in order that any
greater good obtain or that some greater evil be prevented.
4) God will necessarily draw forth a greater good from every instance of evil, but the reason why God does
not prevent evils has nothing to do with a greater good to be derived from the evils themselves.
5) The reason for God's non-prevention of evils is both rationally intelligible and fully consonant with basic
human moral intuitions."
religion  theodicy  philosophy  paper 
yesterday by loimprevisto

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