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K. William Huitt
Churches In the Hands of an Angry God
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Breaking Bad: Picard
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Saturday Morning Gaming: God Of War Completed
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Greta Thurnberg’s Semi-slow Boat Upon the Stormy Seas
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Weekend Plans Post: The Four Day Weekend
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Sunday Morning! Balzac’s Wild Ass’s Skin
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Ben Shapiro Works Those Feelings
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The comments...

+ Worth remembering that it's been repeated again and again throughout history that on the one hand are the teachings of Jesus, and on the other [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to George Turner
+ I had a girlfriend who straight up told me that I was a lot of fun, and the sex was great, but she couldn't get [. . .]
AvatarPinky in reply to Dark Matter
+ Those are some pretty broad issues. There are many positions a person can take on them that would be compatible with Christianity, and many [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Em Carpenter
+ As someone on the outside looking in (being the devout militant apathetic agnostic that I am), I gotta say I agree with the OP. [. . .]
AvatarMike Dwyer in reply to George Turner
+ That sounds about right. Nothing wrong with some bluegrass spirituals but you do that at a special performance in the Convocation Hall on Saturday night, [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Mike Dwyer
+ When I was young, there was one Sunday that my church allowed two members to play an acoustic guitar and a banjo during services. [. . .]
AvatarKolohe in reply to AggregatVier

Kids, you pay attention now - this is how you troll.

AvatarMarchmaine

"maybe it had always been at a low point and my standards had gone up from watching Moonlighting."

Hey!... I get that joke.

Quick time events in the middle of a battle...

How did we live like this?

AvatarMike Dwyer in reply to K. William Huitt

I don't know what is going on in Western Michigan, but in Louisville you can't throw a rock without hitting a non-evangelical church.

AvatarKenB in reply to Mike Schilling

https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/party-affiliation/

AvatarMike Dwyer in reply to K. William Huitt
+ I think you're conflating two separate points. Let me help: 1) The types of churches you describe are the minority. most churches are stuffy old protestant [. . .]
AvatarPinky in reply to Stormy Dragon

Yes, if you do something for yourself, kt's not charity; if you do something for others, it is. That's definitional.

AvatarPinky in reply to K. William Huitt
+ Sure, it's a challenge to be a sign of contradiction to society. And I think you may have buried the lede in that regard. [. . .]
+ Τί ἐστιν ἀλήθεια? In any case, day-to-day non-Christian counterparts seem to have similar moral stature to Christians, at least when it comes to charity. Given my opinion [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Mike Schilling

"Hi, I'm 192.168.1.101!"

"That's what your family calls you, but what's your real name?"

"204.110.92.163"

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Dark Matter
+ One of my coworkers was talking to one of his aunts (I think) after one of her Jewish friends left. She said "I so [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling in reply to Dark Matter
+ If a computer culture wanted unique names they'd use UUIDs or a hash of the entity's unique characteristics. "Hi, I'm 1b3e8367-e89b-1fd3-a436-426655440000, but my friends call me [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to George Turner
+ I went to a "foreign" church and in the discussion group afterwards was a lady who said (more or less) what you just did except [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling in reply to Jaybird

Anyone who considers Christianity to have a monopoly on moral truth.

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Chip Daniels

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8-cCnDDriI

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Chip Daniels
+ +10 Some Christians might think that other denominations are also mostly correct in their interpretations of the Bible. Well, let me tell you, my own [. . .]
+ I went to mass more than I went to Protestant services during my time in college. The parish in my college town was very traditional [. . .]

When you're playing the "No *TRUE* Charity" game, you ought to notice that the well was like that when you got here.

AvatarPinky in reply to Jaybird

(Note: the poison I just put in the well will play heavily in the next few comments.)

+ Oooh! I always love these questions! What difference would it make if he's *THIS* versus *THAT*? Like, if his answer is, "I'm an artist who makes designs [. . .]
AvatarPinky in reply to K. William Huitt
+ I don't think you captured the Catholic experience at all. Certainly not in worship. Catholic worship is centered on the Mass, and while [. . .]
+ I think that the assumption that helping one's group is co-extensive with helping oneself is, long-term, toxic. It may even be toxic in the short [. . .]
AvatarStormy Dragon in reply to Jaybird
+ I think the big mistake is the assumption that there are "charitable organizations" or "non-charitable organizations". Specific acts are charitable. Some organizations do [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Mike Schilling
+ Weirdly that could be a serious option... although I expect they'd just rename one of them to avoid confusion. I assumed they communicated electronically and their [. . .]
AvatarAggregatVier in reply to Mike Schilling

Zathras understand. Besides only 10 types of people - those understand binary and those not.

AvatarDark Matter in reply to pillsy
+ ...Tasha Yar dies for no particularly sensible reason... Now that I liked. What they're doing is dangerous, having a character die randomly when they [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Dark Matter

"Are you part of the anti-crucifixion Judean People's Front?"

"No I'm part of the pro-crucifixion People's Front of Judea"

+ In response to a friend's "Did your Windows box barf on the most recent Microsoft update?" question, I fired up the VM early this morning [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter
+ “In order to find the answer, one must see American Christianity not as a religious institution per se, but as a composition of individuals [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling
+ You see that guy over there? Now, he's an actor. The guy on the phone, he's a prize fighter. This lady over here, she's [. . .]
+ Can you provide a *SINGLE* example of charity that we couldn't wave away using this level of skepticism? (Note: The value of marginal dollars versus endorphins [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine in reply to Jesse
+ A Solidarity movement would be a cure for both Trumpism and Identitarianism. If you don't grasp that, then you haven't even begun to grapple [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling

When Christians support fiscal conservatism
No, they vote the opposite of that: Republican.

AvatarChip Daniels in reply to veronica d
+ Worth noting that Jesus' main criticism of society was their narrow and self serving focus on the law rather than justice, and in that he [. . .]
AvatarStormy Dragon
+ >>The evaluative system the Church has ignored in its own scripture is one formed by reflection on the Christian’s role as ambassador between God and [. . .]
AvatarMike Schilling in reply to George Turner

"Hi, I'm 11. This is my brother 01, and this is my other brother 01."

AvatarChip Daniels
+ As a lapsed Catholic turned lapsed Episcopalian I think this piece has a lot of truth to it. Particularly the thoughts on how churches tend to [. . .]
AvatarStormy Dragon in reply to Jaybird
+ >>If I pay a pastor to give marriage counseling to other people, is that charity? If he provides counseling to anyone without expecting renumeration, yes. If he [. . .]