Sunday School December 3rd 2023

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    Oklahoma Christian leaders seek to join suit opposing state-funded Catholic school. What would the devout Dusty Deevers do about it?

    A new law in California requires students have media literacy lessons while students in Texas get alternative science text books.

    How white evangelicals’ support of Trump is creating schisms in the church.

    Government Offices in E.U. can ban the wearing of religious symbols.

    The Mormon church is Nebraska’s top land purchaser.

    An Islamic (mis)education about Israel.

    World of Woo:  Results of the largest study on internet use, well-being, and mental health.

    Environment:  What is COP28? The UN climate summit, explained

    Jesus: The Gospel Disharmony.

    Brought up in a creationist home, a scientist fights for evolution.

    Henri Bergson on why the existence of things precedes their possibility. (3-minute video).

    Science communicators need to stop telling everybody the universe is a meaningless void. My interest waned after reading the second sentence.

    Scientist build tiny biological robots from human cells.

    Long Reads:  Inside an awe-inspiring adventure for L.A.’s non-believers. The pseudoscience of phrenology. The physical and philosophical problem of Time. An interview with Steven Pinker.

    Sunday Book Club: The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity. (I have the latest version).

    Some photographs taken last week.  Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

    While you are waiting for the kettle to boil……

    Podcast: ‘Health Coaching’ is a Scam.

    Coffee Break video: Is religion good or bad for society? Ben Shapiro vs Alex O’Connor.  What is a white hole? – with Carlo Rovelli (my fav physicist). Bill Maher on NEPO baby Jesus.

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    Have a great week and avoid fake news by not going to church.

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    _Robert_
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    re: Jesus: The Gospel Disharmony….

    If they can’t even get that right, it’s a fiction.

    Finally, the most dramatic discrepancy in the gospels: Jesus’s last words on the cross:

    “My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:35).
    “Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
    “It is accomplished” (John 19:30).

    And of course, the first one is an old testament rehash. One of my band buddies is in for heart surgery. The clasped hands and declaration of prayers is off the hook in the social media. I, on the other hand, just hope the Dr has a great day at his work.

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    Strega
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    Thanks Reg!

    (and thanks, Enco, for the log in tip!)

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    @robert – When a friend of mine was in hospital for a minor procedure I went to visit him. I asked him “Will I slaughter a goat as an offering for you?” He replied “Could you offer up some carrots instead as I am off the fatty foods for a while”. “No problem, I will boil them in holy water”. That was over 15 years ago. He ran a 10K in 39 minutes last week. We often talk about the power of boiled carrots 🙂

     

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    TheEncogitationer
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    Strega,

    ‘Twern’t nothin’. I just passed on what worked for me in a pinch.

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    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

    You’ve outdone yourself on recommending some great reading.

    The Bill Maher video scrolled beneath the Yahoo story on White Evangelicals was Bill in top form also.

    Thanks for introducing me to The Freethinker. The Hina Husain story on her miseducation is more than just a one-off occurance in Pakistan. Supposedly friendly Islqmic nation Egypt has State TV programs that make a soap opera serial out of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.. MEMRITV years ago also featured videos from the Palestinian Territories where Palestinian State TV was using Seseme Street-type puppet shows to inculcate 3-year-olds to hate Jews and aspire to be murder-suicide bombers. Just damn!

    A good companion to Douglas Murray’s book is Charles MacKay’s book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Moral panics and loopy trends go back a long way in history.

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