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    Psychology, Comparative religions/philosophies; Writing (blogging, an e-book re: R.H.); Greek history/Philosophy/Mythology; Chess, Zoroastrianism, Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA); Anasazi and Hopi culture
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  1. Introductory philosophy was a nice over-view, but the main takeaway is to realize that, not only are there other sides to a point of view, but some of those other points of view can be just as well thought out and have as much evidence for their argument. You can listen to one side and hear the different philosophers and empiric evidence, and nod and think, I can agree with that, then hear out the other side with other philosophers and their reasoning and find yourself thinking, I can agree with some of that too. To me, philosophy is a chance to challenge what you think you already
  2. I've done gratitude journals off and on over the years, usually during a hard period in my life. Sometimes there doesn't seem to be any good thing on what seems to be an endlessly terrible day, but it does help when done regularly. There can be so many negative things that stress us or cause real problems in life; politics, medical and financial stress, work, retirement, buying things ... and we can sometimes focus so much on that elusive future where we envision everything will be better, then when we finally get there, sometimes it wasn't the great happy thing we'd hoped for.
  3. Curious question.. you have Master Debater under your name. Is that really how you want to be viewed...argumentative? Master Conversationalist I would think would be more enticing. Said in much love. Night. Renee' -- child of the Master. Smile

  4. Not sure if they are the best methods, but I can suggest what works for me. Nowadays, never underestimate web presence. There are free, simple-to-use website builders like weebly.com to set up at least a page with the name of your ministry, a pic of you with a email and/or business phone, as well as the services you provide. As you get business, make sure you include photos as samples. Now you have a place to point people to. Websites have become the new business card and include as a link when you list yourself with area pages of wedding search sites. Be sure to include the search word
  5. I just wanted to say that I have a lot of respect for you and your ability to hold your own here sometimes when it seems so many jump against you.  I would have thought there'd be more Christians here from what I've read of the older posts, but seems they wander away.  I may not believe the way you do, but you are about the only Christian here who posts and I learn a lot of the Bible beliefs from you.  :)


    1. Pastor Dave

      Pastor Dave

      Dianna, I agree. Dan is probably the most active Christian here. I have commended him before for his willingness to stick in there and give a Christian view when he is usually outnumbered. I used to enjoy the debating when I first joined but it seems that the same arguments are simply rehashed with different people year after year. While Dan and I may not agree on every jot and tittle of doctrine, I believe we agree on the fundamentals. One of the things I find so refreshing about Dan's style is that even if I don't agree with him on a specific stance he has taken, he is able to give scripture showing how he came to that point of view.

      Props to Dan.

      Keep fighting the good fight.

    2. Dan56


      Thank you both.. There does seem to be relentless opposition to what I believe and think, but most of the conflicting views come from the majority (nonbelievers) who seem to despise the bible. So I don't take anything personal, the arguments are usually against scripture, and a few get extremely frustrated with my acceptance of what they consider a ruthless OT God. Others who believe nothing, just enjoy challenging the authenticity of the bible.. I don't mind, its keeps me sharp, and I think down deep, everyone is just looking for answers. We were all born with an unction to seek and find our purpose, to find the Truth, Perhaps the biggest obstacle is ourselves.  

  6. Nice Monkee's song! Fits perfect there lol.... Thanks!

    1. Gruffydd y Dryw

      Gruffydd y Dryw

      You're welcome! I've been a huge Monkees fan since watching reruns of their TV show as a child :)

    2. Dianna


      Me too! And I don't care how much that "dates" me anymore lol... we had so much good music!


  7. Questions, I always have. Answers? Not always so much.
  8. How did the world begin? What happens after we die? What is true freedom? Do we have free will? Are our decisions made by free will? Is there such thing as absolute truth? What is true happiness? Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few (or one? --sorry Star Trek meander) What is my purpose in life?
  9. According to that chart, I fall into the Agnostic Atheist. I believe we are all, as Carl Sagan said, “star stuff”. We are composed of the materials of this planet, so in that sense, we are a part of nature and can become more in tune with its natural rhythms. While I do believe the earth is “living”, I don't believe that it can be “appeased” as some cultures have tried through religion. I believe the early gods were attempts to explain natural phenomena. I also do not believe specifically in the god of the Hebrew/Christian Bible or any of the “known” gods, and I do not have a need t
  10. This was actually the main quote I was looking for, instead of the above. Still Justin Martyr, since I wasn't able to add this excerpt above in time: Again, to me, this seems to explain to me the beginnings of the Christian church - in order to get away from Jewish connections - were originally taken from pagan Roman beliefs, before eventually growing and developing into its own religion.
  11. With all due respect to the religion Christianity, in my opinion a possible reason it has managed to twist a perfectly-fine-religion-on-its-own and created a different one where salvation must only come through belief of Jesus as the son of God whose blood "sacrifice" was for the sins of the world. My opinion is partly based on the writings of Justin Martyr, a respected Christian (who was later martyred) who is telling the Roman (pagans) that what the Christians believe is no different than what they believed. As the Jewish believers were squeezed out and the "church" became increasingly R
  12. !צום קל May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!
  13. The funerals I usually conduct are for non-religious, unaffiliated families who don't want to bring in some pastor from an unknown church. That doesn't necessarily mean they don't want some sort of spiritual service, so here are a few I've used over the years : We’ll Meet Again - Vera Lynn If We Ever Meet Again This Side Of Heaven - Johnny Cash O Love That Will Not Let Me Go - Indelible Grace Music One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men When I Get Where I’m Going – Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton And one of my personal favorites: Circle of Life – Elton John They are all "You-Tube-ab
  14. My own response was in regard to VonNoble's : The more I've learned and studied other religions over the years, the more I've seen these overlapping teachings. Maybe those who strongly adhere to one religion don't see it (the forest for the trees), but when you are secure enough to step back and compare your religion to others, you can sometimes catch a glimpse of the "bigger picture". It's not meant to make less of what you believe, but instead make it . . . more . . . That what you believe and thought was the picture is actually an intricate part of the bigger picture. And I could just t