my edit didn’t “stick” so here is more: As for the tired god of the gaps line, people who believe in God see His work even when something is UNDERSTOOD….we don’t relegate Him to the unknown.
April 28, 2016 at 2:06pm
if all I had were myths then I too would have thrown it all way. But I find within the Bible a brief overview of Big Bang, a history, a moral code, a long list of fulfilled prophecies regarding the Messiah, and a group of people who after Jesus’ crucifixion, when common sense would indicate fleeing or at least keeping a low profile, out PROCLAIMING Him. I find none of those things for Zeus or Santa. As for the tired god of the gaps line, people who believe in God see His work even when something is UNDERSTOOD….we don’t relegate Him to the unknown.
my edit didn't "stick" so here is more: As for the tired god of the gaps line, people who believe in God see His work even when something is UNDERSTOOD....we don't relegate Him to the unknown.
Not the slightest physical evidence to support a historical Jesus exists; no artifacts, personal affects, art or clothing. All claims about Jesus originate from writings of other people. There are no contemporary Roman records that shows Pontius Pilate executing a man named Jesus. Historically there occurs not a single contemporary writing from anywhere that mentions Jesus. All documents about Jesus came 20-50 years after the life of the alleged Jesus.
 April 28, 2016 at 1:48pm
 April 22, 2016 at 1:41pm
He did, but he didn’t force anyone to do so.
 April 22, 2016 at 1:40pm
How would Jesus vote is actually a question I ask myself, and I think you have answered wonderfully.
 April 19, 2016 at 11:11am
[-1] April 18, 2016 at 8:20pm
Slippys – the original post to which I responded was that the authors of the Gospels LIED, and I stated it would have been crazy to carry on a LIE to the point of death. I didn’t say it proved the truth of the Gospels (although I believe them to be true). In the same way, The Pythia BELIEVED what she said was true, believed it was from god and also couldn’t recant.
 April 18, 2016 at 1:35pm
what’s more likely, that people who were persecuted unto death would stick with their story instead of throwing up their hands and saying “you caught us in a lie,” a lie from which they did not benefit, or that something mind blowing actually happened to them?
“what’s more likely, that people who were persecuted unto death would stick with their story instead of throwing up their hands and saying “you caught us in a lie,”
By that same logic we can say that the oracle of Delphi was actually speaking to Apollo. She was killed for repeating what Apollo had to say to Nero. Why wouldn’t she just throw her hands up to Nero and say, “you caught me in a lie. I don’t actually speak to anyone”. “A lie from which they did not benefit, or that something mind blowing actually happened to them”
Just because someone dies for something doesn’t mean it is actually true. Maybe in their mind or maybe not. Who knows. We have a huge number of examples of this throughout history. That isn’t evidence of anything at all.
Slippys - the original post to which I responded was that the authors of the Gospels LIED, and I stated it would have been crazy to carry on a LIE to the point of death. I didn't say it proved the truth of the Gospels (although I believe them to be true). In the same way, The Pythia BELIEVED what she said was true, believed it was from god and also couldn't recant.
 April 18, 2016 at 1:34pm
the Apostles were alive decades after Jesus ascended.
April 16, 2016 at 9:07am
I’m not going to dismiss her points out of hand, college education costs are off the charts for the most part, so I want to see her point of view. Capitalism IS the system that “raises all boats,” but WHY the divide is growing needs to be examined. I’m not the person to do that, I don’t have an economics or sociology degree. I do have some years under my belt though and my gut instinct leads me to looking at globalization as a primary factor. “Back in my day” a wage earner could work in a shoe or dress factory and actually own a home and raise a family. You didn’t need a college degree to have a mortgage. So what can we do about this? I don’t know….I would appreciate ideas. As for her point that society is more interested in funneling black people into prison….sorry, they do that to themselves. I understand the point that the non-fathered, unstable household is a major factor in this, with young men unmoored and looking for acceptance in a tribal culture (“Men and Marriage,” George Gilder) and the govt system of welfare has encouraged this. How about this….scale back welfare and add it to a college fund? Seriously, I would appreciate any ideas here.
If you want to know why college is so expensive today, take a look at the Government backed 'student loan' issue. College costs didn't explode until Government got involved with financing anyone that wanted to attend. There is of course more to it than just that, but that is the beginning. With students being guaranteed financing to attend (backed by Gov) the Colleges were free to begin charging anything they wanted for tuition. Couple that with increased enrollment and decreasing real world returns on education investment (which oddly increased demands for higher level degrees under the assumption those higher level degrees would lead to greater opportunities) and you have a recipe for the situation most College grads find themselves in today. High debt with low prospects/career opportunities.
Income disparity is not an issue, not if you understand that wealth is not a "zero sum game".
There is no finite pool of wealth; it is increasing almost all of the time, though at varying rates. Because someone at the top of the income scale makes $1 more does not mean that someone at the bottom of the income scale makes $1 less. That being the case, her economic arguments, to the extent they are worth of the name, fall apart immediately.
One of the principal reasons why it is no longer as easy to afford a home (among other things) is the cost of government, at all levels. And not just the almost ever-increasing taxes but also the price of onerous regulations.
In the example of the home you mentioned, so many government agencies are involved in regulating anything and everything pertaining to that home that the list is exhaustive: EPA, OSHA, CPB, Labor, Energy, Justice- all have a hand in implementing ever more regulations that add thousands of dollars to the prices of materials and labor.
On the wage front, corporations in the US are taxed at the highest rate among developed nations. Every dollar paid in corporate taxes is one less dollar said corporation has to invest in things like technology, salaries, etc.
Really, the answer is simple: reduce the size, scope and effect of the Federal government back to that prescribed in the Constitution. I don't say that the process is easily achieved, only that the answer is easily diagnosed.
 March 30, 2016 at 8:14pm
if we define life as a distinct growing organism then it is ending a life at any stage. Only living things grow.
March 30, 2016 at 8:08pm
In the Daily Mail, he did say women should be punished IF it was illegal. I take it that he just was speaking without thinking, had time to think it through and tightened up his idea. Interesting firestorm he opened though.
 March 26, 2016 at 9:19am
Thank you, exactly what I thought. He is just feeling scared….cause he’s a lib and needs a safe space.
March 19, 2016 at 3:27pm
the barber didn’t sound uncompassionate to me, but It surely did.
 March 19, 2016 at 3:25pm
It is a sergeant in the military and it’s “feelings were hurt” ?????? Wahhh.
 March 14, 2016 at 2:57pm
“she bought the lies” – a wholehearted YES.
 February 29, 2016 at 3:45pm
many atheists and secularists who understand science are also pro-life.
 February 29, 2016 at 3:45pm
the cry used to be for it to be legal, SAFE and rare…now it’s FREE too? You cannot legalize action simply to reduce it. It encourages the immorality of the act. Sure there were abortions in the past….since time began. But to the extent we have now? Think about that. Plus, abortion is 100% not safe for the person being killed.
 February 23, 2016 at 5:40pm
that is exactly how it is. Before accepting Jesus, it’s a book. After accepting Jesus, it’s truth. Amen.
 February 23, 2016 at 5:37pm
No, the Law (the moral basis) is NOT changed. You still can’t fornicate, commit adultery, murder, steal, engage in homosexuality, etc. The PENALTY has changed, Jesus has taken it from you to Himself.