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RevAllyson A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. -- Robert A. Heinlein
BM "Arjuna, whenever righteousness is on the decline, unrighteousness is in the ascendant, then I body Myself forth. For the protection of the virtuous, for the extirpation of evil-doers, and for establishing Dharma (righteousness) on a firm footing, I am born from age to age." - (Bhagavat Gita - Ch. 4, vs. 7 & 8).
bmcanally The only thing that matters is faith expressed through love (Gal. 5:6). I'm a follower of Christ, an author about heaven, hell, the afterlife, and about world religions, and I'm a pastor. I like people...they are God's finest creation!
GoDevil "There is no greater weapon against errors of any kind than REASON. I have never used and other, and I trust I never shall"- Thomas Paine
Starman "He who saves one life, saves the world entire." From the Talmud.
BroMike " I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT" WORDS OF JESUS IN MATTHEW 16:18
ButterflyEsprit There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveler, if you are in search of That Don't look outside, look inside yourself and seek That. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
Rev_Ken_Howard Ken Howard, a Christian of Jewish origins, is the pastor of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, in Germantown, Maryland, the church he founded in 1995, and the author of the new book, "Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them." Ken holds a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, and received honors in Church History for his ground-breaking research into the Jewish origins of early Christianity, published in "Jewish Christianity in the Early Church: How the Church forgot its Jewish Roots." Respected and trusted for his expertise in conflict resolution and consensus building among groups with opposing theological and political views, Ken has been called upon to facilitate dialogs on issues ranging from human sexuality to interfaith relations. When not occupied with the business of pastoring and growing the theologically diverse congregation he helped plant, Ken provides presentations, training, and coaching on the concepts outlined in "Paradoxy," as well as in church planting and congregational vitality.
BBT Barbara Brown Taylor is author of An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith and Leaving Church.
a_okafor007 "Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear." - Thomas Jefferson
azatheist Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
Kali The Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. Baha'u'llah
voronya It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. -- Carl Sagan
Billybee The Bible could eventually kill us all.
Dr_Paradox Irreverence is next to Godliness
AdamR (The Bible)is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies. - Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain
BobL We all pay a fabulous price For our visions of paradise, But a spirit with a vision Is a dream with a mission. - Rush, "Mission"
Deist God gave us reason, not religion.
go4tli "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" - Epicurus
Published October 11, 2010