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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-12 under , ,

"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." -- Henry Knox Sherrill

To my brothers and sisters in Faith: Χριστος Ανεστη! Happy Easter!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2009-04-11 under ,

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2008-08-18:

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." -- Anne Lamott, writer.

(submitted to the mailing list by Reddy, Michael)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:28am on 2007-07-13 under , ,

"I have a grown daughter that I raised with another woman. When she was four, we left her one afternoon with my parents to go shopping. My Baptist father usually slept afternoons away on the couch while my far more progressive mother delighted in children. Upon our return, I opened the door to hear our daughter saying 'Yeah, he only hangs out with guys and wears a dress? Plus that long hair? Never got married? I just figured it out one day: Jesus is a Radical Fairy.'

"My father was sitting bolt upright, his eyes bulging. My mother was doing her best to keep from collapsing in hysterics. I rushed in to hush my daughter, but my mother said 'Don't you dare.' She repeated to my daughter, 'Radical Fairy?' And the child says 'Yeah, not like Bert and Ernie. They're more like preppie gay guys.'"

Maggie Jochild, 2007-07-01 (one of many people responding to a contest for stories of children embarassing their parents (thanks to [info] realinterrobang pointing out the collection))

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-07-13 under , ,

"I have a grown daughter that I raised with another woman. When she was four, we left her one afternoon with my parents to go shopping. My Baptist father usually slept afternoons away on the couch while my far more progressive mother delighted in children. Upon our return, I opened the door to hear our daughter saying 'Yeah, he only hangs out with guys and wears a dress? Plus that long hair? Never got married? I just figured it out one day: Jesus is a Radical Fairy.'

"My father was sitting bolt upright, his eyes bulging. My mother was doing her best to keep from collapsing in hysterics. I rushed in to hush my daughter, but my mother said 'Don't you dare.' She repeated to my daughter, 'Radical Fairy?' And the child says 'Yeah, not like Bert and Ernie. They're more like preppie gay guys.'"

Maggie Jochild, 2007-07-01 (one of many people responding to a contest for stories of children embarassing their parents (thanks to [info] realinterrobang pointing out the collection))

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:28am on 2007-06-27 under ,
another interesting paragraph )

"The Christian bible is not, despite the claims of some fringe extremists, the literal dictated Word of G-D; but rather, the inspired or revealed word. This distinction is critical. It is the Word as filtered through human, and therefore imperfect, agents. This is the reason that non-Christians assume that the differences between the Gospels are errors, when in fact, they are simply differerences of perspective and empahsis between the various authors. It is an extension of the biblical legal principle of not accepting any claim unless it is supported by at least "two or three witnesses". Nowhere in scripture is it claimed to be literal. It is revealed through the Holy Spirit, and through the Spirit, the fundamental message is preserved through multiplication of witnesses and viewpoints. G-D never says that His literal word will endure unchanged, but that the Spirit will ensure that the message endures regardless of the method of transmission."

-- [info] luchog, 2007-06-04 (these paragraphs are part of a response spanning multiple comments)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-06-27 under ,
another interesting paragraph )

"The Christian bible is not, despite the claims of some fringe extremists, the literal dictated Word of G-D; but rather, the inspired or revealed word. This distinction is critical. It is the Word as filtered through human, and therefore imperfect, agents. This is the reason that non-Christians assume that the differences between the Gospels are errors, when in fact, they are simply differerences of perspective and empahsis between the various authors. It is an extension of the biblical legal principle of not accepting any claim unless it is supported by at least "two or three witnesses". Nowhere in scripture is it claimed to be literal. It is revealed through the Holy Spirit, and through the Spirit, the fundamental message is preserved through multiplication of witnesses and viewpoints. G-D never says that His literal word will endure unchanged, but that the Spirit will ensure that the message endures regardless of the method of transmission."

-- [info] luchog, 2007-06-04 (these paragraphs are part of a response spanning multiple comments)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-05-03 under , ,

"I read in the Bible that God loves the Beatles ..." [pause for audience reaction] "Well it says, 'He so loved the world...,' and that covers a lot of people." -- Phil Keaggy, introducing his rendition of "Here Comes The Sun" [I heard this 2007-04-28; I don't know whether it's part of his stock patter or he came up with it that night -- DGA]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-04-09 under ,

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] cellio put into better words than I've managed, an explanation very similar to something I've often tried to say (and, unsurprisingly, takes the insight a couple of steps farther as well):

"I believe in God because I have observed things about the world, and had experiences, for which I have found no explanation that is more satisfying.

"I cannot prove to you that God exists, nor am I inclined to try. When people tried such proofs on me they were ineffective. At some level belief in God isn't rational -- yet I, a rational person, believe. You might argue that what I think I see is all in my head, some complex psychological effect. That's fine; you're free to believe that. If that were true, and I called that effect 'belief in God' instead of whatever you think it is, and it resulted in me having a more satisfying life, does it matter?

"Belief in God has to be personal; it cannot be meaningfully imposed from without. That's a big part of what's wrong with some fundamentalists: they seek to compel. That trick never works; you can compel behavior but not belief.

"Because belief in God has to be personal, I cannot offer a meaningful proof. Even if I share the specific effects I have seen [...] who's to say that what I see as significant will be significant to you?"

-- [livejournal.com profile] cellio, 2007-04-08

I choose things to quote for a variety of reasons, not just quotes I agree with. But this quote in particular is a case of "she speaks for me," or near enough.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-04-08 under , ,

Χριστος Ανεστη! (Christ is risen!) Happy Easter!

"Christianity is not like an ice cream sundae that you can choose to eat with or without fudge topping, depending on your taste! You have to eat it the same way every time. The only acceptable topping is love. Top the Christian message with hatred, and it is no longer Christian. It isn't fit to eat anymore. Its validity, its usefulness, its whole raison d'etre is nullified, and instead of leading people to Heaven, it diverts them to Hell." -- commentor 'adonis1960' at The Huffington Post, 2006-07-17

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-04-06 under , , ,

"I like to think the linguistic accident that made 'God's Friday' into 'Good Friday' was no accident at all. It was God's own doing -- a sharp, prophetic jab at a time and a culture obsessed by happiness." -- Chris Armstrong, "The Goodness of Good Friday", Christianity Today, 2003-04-18

second half of the paragraph, for folks wanting a little more context and not put off by a wee bit of preachiness... )

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-04-02 under , ,

"[...] This concept of seder is no different for kabbalistic Oreo-eating. Which should come first? A straightforward bite into the whole cookie? Should one first break apart the two sandwich halves and concentrate on the creme? One can postulate that if white represents purity and goodness, and black evil and darkness, then perhaps one should eat the white first, as an example of the yetzer hatov triumphing over the yetzer hora? Or should one save the best for last, so to speak, by first destroying, via consumptive powers, the Darkness (the cookie part) and be left only with Light (the creme)? Or perhaps, this sort of binary weltanschauung is not healthy at all it may be preferable to take the centrist position and bite into the intact cookie, representing the real-world mix of good and bad, light and dark, moderation versus extremism. [...]" -- Owain F. Carter, "The Year That Oreos Became Kosher", 2000, adapted from an earlier version of unknown origin.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-02-27 under , ,

"I don't see real science as a threat to faith, in fact quite the opposite. I see ID as a threat to faith. When you point to the gaps in our knowledge and say 'God is there.' you run the very real risk of constantly shrinking the space where God is, and that's a very dangerous prospect." -- [livejournal.com profile] jason0x21, 2007-02-13 (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] selki for pointing it out)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2007-02-23 under , ,

"Indeed, one of the hallmarks of this grand experiment of democracy in America has been its vigilance over the rights of minorities. Evangelicals should appreciate that, for they were once a minority themselves. Evangelicals need once again to learn to be a counterculture, much as they were before the rise of the religious right, before succumbing to the seductions of power. The early followers of Jesus were a counterculture because they stood apart from the prevailing order. A counterculture can provide a critique of the powerful because it is utterly disinterested -- it has no investment in the power structure itself.

"Indeed, the most effective and vigorous religious movements in American history have identified with the downtrodden and have positioned themselves on the fringes of society rather than at the centers of power. The Methodists of the 19th century come to mind, as do the Mormons. In the 20th century, Pentecostalism, which initially appealed to the lower classes and made room for women and people of color, became perhaps the most significant religious movement of the century.

"The leaders of the religious right have led their sheep astray from the gospel of Jesus Christ to the false gospel of neoconservative ideology and into the maw of the Republican Party. And yet my regard for the flock and my respect for their integrity is undiminished. Ultimately it is they who must reclaim the gospel and rescue us from the distortions of the religious right."

-- Randall Balmer, "Jesus Is Not a Republican", The Chronicle of Higher Education 2006-06-23 (Volume 52, Issue 42, Page B6; section "The Chronicle Review").

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Maybe it's just me, but I think it's kinda cool how the Gregorian and Julian calendars are lined up: no sooner does Catholic and Protestant Christmas end, than Orthodox[*] Christmas begins. What with the twelve days, Epiphany/Theophany, and Christmas Eve, twice each, that's a straight three and a half weeks of Christmas!

(Which, uh, gives me more time to come up with gift ideas and argue that they're "technically not late" ...)

Note that I'm not counting Advent as part of Christmas. If you do, then add on the extra days accordingly. And no, I don't really have an excuse for celebrating Christmas in both calendars -- Mom is Orthodox and Dad was Methodist, but most Greek Orthodox churches are "new calendar"[*], and I just peeked at a web page showing government holidays in Cyprus and they're using the new calendar (I still get to celebrate Easter twice, and that's the more important holiday anyhow) -- but I'm just rather amused by the concept of "nearly a month straight of Christmas", and felt like sharing that amusement. And there are a couple of Russian Orthodox congregations around here (which do celebrate Christmas according to the old calendar), that I can use for cover. :-)

Note also that this alignment works until the end of this Century, after which the two calendars will be one day farther apart. But if you count Christmas Eve as "part of Christmas", you can still call it an uninterrupted not-quite-a-month of Christmas. I'll most likely be dead by then (not that I'd be unhappy about living to 136 years old), so I won't be taking sides in any arguments about that then.

2006-12-24Gregorian Christmas Eve
2006-12-25Gregorian first day of Christmas
2006-12-26Boxing Day
2006-12-27
to 2007-01-04
... third through eleventh days of Christmas
2007-01-05Gregorian Twelfth Night
2007-01-06Gregorian Epiphany (aka Three Kings Day)
also old-calendar-Orthodox[**] (Julian) Christmas Eve
2007-01-07Orthodox (Julian) first day of Christmas
2007-01-08
to 2007-01-17
Orthodox 2nd through 11th days of Christmas
2007-01-18Orthodox Twelfth Night
2007-01-19Orthodox Theophany

And some of you thought you were sick of Christmas carols before ... Heh.


[*] Some Orthodox churches use the Gregorian calendar for fixed holidays while still using the Julian calendar for calculating the dates of Easter/Lent/etc.; other Orthodox churches use the Julian calendar for all holidays. So there are three Christian calendars to keep track of if you want to know who's celebrating what when: straight Julian (old-calendar Orthodox), straight Gregorian (Catholic and Protestant), and Gregorian-except-for-Easter-and-holidays-related-to-it (new-calendar Orthodox). Hmm. I'd assumed that other faiths have one calendar each, but now I'm wondering whether any other religions have a calendar situation like this.

[**] I'm going to get lazy and just write "Orthodox" from here on in this table to refer to specifically old-calendar Orthodox. I'll trust y'all to have read the first footnote already.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-12-24 under ,

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2006-02-09:

"If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul." -- Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)
(submitted to the mailing list by Reddy, Michael)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-11-30 under ,

"God made your finger the perfect size for picking your nose, but that's not the only thing you're allowed to do with it." -- commenter 'PromiseofPlayfulness' at The Huffington Post, 2006-07-13, on the idea that God intends certain organs to only ever be used in exactly one way.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-10-16 under , ,

"It violates the teaching of Christ to say that God will get angry if America does not confront homosexuality as a sin. Jesus did not mention homosexuality and it is a lie to say he did. Furthermore, Jesus said 'judge not or you will be judged.' These false prophets are saying 'judge or else you will be judged.'

"Jesus was kind and understanding, but he was not silent about those who abused the vulnerable. He called them 'wolves in sheep's clothing.' Christians must follow the example of Jesus and confront those vicious predators who use the Christian religion as a camouflage for bullying. We must be as understanding and kind as we can be, but to be tolerant of the oppression of others is not true tolerance."

-- Rev. Jim Rigby, "Real Christians Don't Gay Bash", 2006-07-12

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-09-23 under , ,

"What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God." -- Eleanor Powell

And happy new year 5767 to my Jewish friends!

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-08-31 under , ,

"Companions the creator seeks, not corpses, not herds and believers. Fellow creators the creator seeks - those who will write new values on new tablets. Companions the creator seeks, and fellow harvesters; for everything about him is ripe for the harvest." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-08-19 under ,

From the Fox television show Bones, episode "The Man in the Morgue" (season 1, episode 19, aired 2006-04-19), written by Noah Hawley and Elizabeth Benjamin, directed by James Whitmore:

FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (played by David Boreanaz): Voodoo -- who's going to believe that stuff?

Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel): It's a religion, no crazier than ... well, what are you?

Agent Booth: Catholic.

Dr. Brennan: They believe in the same saints you do, in prayer; what they call spells, you call miracles. They have priests...

Agent Booth: We don't make zombies.

Dr. Brennan: Jesus rose from the dead after three days.

Agent Booth: [stares] Jesus is not a zombie. Alright? [unintelligible, one syllable] [turns away, mutters:] Shouldn't have to tell you that.

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