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Sunday School August 16th 2020

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    Have a great week everyone!

    “Scientists do not join hands every Sunday and sing “Yes gravity is real! I know gravity is real! I will have faith! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Amen!” If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about the concept.”

    Dan Barker.



    Thanks, Reg!


    Simon Paynton

    The belief that demons have sex with humans runs deep in Christian and Jewish traditions.

    When I was suffering from depression in 1996, I used to “see” demons coming out of holes in the wall and “hear” them yelling at me that they “are going to take you back to hell with us”.  They were a lot like the classical medieval images of demons.  They didn’t try and have sex with me though, which isn’t surprising.

    It seems that demons are a human archetype, for some reason.



    It seems that demons are a human archetype, for some reason.

    I think it comes from the same creative force that art comes from, and has the same kind of contagiousness. As for the origin of some hallucinations, I’ll bet that the accelerated evolution of human brains and culture had to also come with a few “flaws” that haven’t had time (and likely never will have time) to be filtered/baked out by plain-old natural selection. There’s probably a better word than “flaw”, but I’m thinking of all kinds of psychiatric/psychological woes that are not uncommon these days, among humans in particular.

    Yeah, not “flaw”, but some other adjective or noun that describes an accidental (albeit an often beautiful) side-effect of rapid evolution. Personally, I have a tendency to hoard, especially when it comes to containers, and I have a pet theory that this kind of tendency must have been a benefit to us (even if only expressed in a few of us) at one time, when containers of all kinds were invented and crafted that helped us survive over relatively long periods of time. (Water and food containers would be an obvious example.)

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