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Firestone was telling me about different charedi subgroups...
Daniel: the lubavitcher rebbe was chabad's longtime figurehead
Daniel: who they worshiped as a messiah
Sharmin: oh. what is a rebbe?
Sharmin: is it like a rabbi?
Sharmin: only
Sharmin: lolcat
Daniel: yes but it's more, besides adding lolcat
Sharmin: hahaha
Daniel: it's like, general leader
Daniel: it originated as an integrated political/religious community leader in the shtetls
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This reminds me of my Bible class two terms ago. Only my class came with an awesome professor and not as much snark.

You should still read it, though. And if you're at MIT, you should take The Bible. It is most excellent.
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[livejournal.com profile] nhw  points out that [livejournal.com profile] daegaer has some good stuff! about the Gospel of Judas.
From the National Geographic article:

As told in the New Testament Gospels, Judas betrayed Jesus for "30 pieces of silver," identifying him with a kiss in front of Roman soldiers. Later the guilt-ridden Judas returns the bribe and commits suicide, according to the Bible.
What the Gospel of Judas says )

But my favorite part? "Scholars say the text not only offers an alternative view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas but also illustrates the diversity of opinion in the early Christian church."
Seriously, betray somebody with a kiss and the slash just writes itself. It is a good thing I'm going to hell anyway. Anyway, Matthew 26:49 amakes me happy:
And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
Oddly enough, the Skeptic's Annotated Bible is the easiest to browse through. It doesn't have search, but the links are very user friendly.

PDA

Apr. 8th, 2006 02:39 pm
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So apparently kissing in public in Tangerang, Indonesia  is ok as long as you keep it to five minute make-out sessions.
Actually, I don't mind this rule too much. I mean, it would reduce the number of over-affectionate, saccharine couples I have to watch. (Yes, Frank, I'm talking to you. And Ali. And Paula.) The whole get a room thing.
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I'm a bit confused about why everybody is so preoccupied about the fact that prayer does not help heart problems. I mean, even if it did, I don't think beginning to pray because of heart problems would be sincere enough to have an effect.
Still. Never let it be said that I haven't jumped on the bandwagon and linked to the article.
Also, I have a google page, but I have yet do do anything with it. Google Pages isn't actually that good, but if you want 100 MB free hosting, go get one.
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The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Moderate
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)Very High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Moderate

Take the Dante's Divine Comedy Inferno Test

Born Again

Oct. 24th, 2005 05:15 pm
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Anne Rice has...
Discovered God.
She is now a Born Again Christian. Slightly scary. This woman writes (wrote) soft-core porn, damnnit! She invented Lestat (teehee) and the incredibly sexy slashiness that is Louis.
LOUIS. How dare she go do this? Ah well, she's milked her Vampire Chronicles for all they're worth by now, I suppose she can go write about Jesus now. Maybe she'll include Jesus/Judas slash...
[giggle]
No offence meant to Christians in the audience. Not much, anyway. Just... Anne Rice...
sinclair_furie: (*coughpotter*)
You know what's really funny? and, in some probably very twisted way, cool?
The fact that bible slash exists. And that there's not one, but two active communities on lj dedicated. [livejournal.com profile] bible_slash  and [livejournal.com profile] christ_slash .
The funny thing being the incongruity of seeing the word Jesus in a piece of fan fiction. I find it strange enough in evangelical literature, but slash...
Anyway, a rather amusing quiz I took today...
What Gender are you? )

DUH

Aug. 6th, 2005 04:30 pm
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I'm all for teaching DUH
in America's schools!

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So yesterday I got into a conversation with Hillier, and I mentioned that I considered him wholesome. Being male, he of course objected and claimed I didn't know what he did. I explained I meant emotionally wholesome, well adjusted, "normal" without the bother of mediocrity, and he agreed. Which got me thinking about wholesomeness, optimism and all that jazz. And now I'm seriously wondering- How does one reconcile belief in God with cynicism?
I ask this question not because I am vehemently atheist and trying to trap those who belive into a logical argument- I have no bitterness towards religion, just a disgust that I think everyone shares towards what it can be used for. I am genuinely curious. So this is actually an open question to my readers- any thoughts?
(If you want I'll give you candy in return for thoughtful answers!)
In other news, closure is a good thing. Really. Sometimes you forget or ignore how things have been sitting unresolved, somewhere in your brain. Trust me, it's good to make that effort to confront the ghosts (shadows, echoes, regrets etc) of your past.  Whether its years later or weeks later, it makes you feel a lot better.
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Currently Watching
Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries)
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You scored as atheism. You are... an atheist, though you probably already knew this. Also, you probably have several people praying daily for your soul.Instead of simply being "nonreligious," atheists strongly believe in the lack of existence of a higher being, or God.

atheism


83%

agnosticism


75%

Buddhism


67%

Satanism


54%

Islam


46%

Paganism


46%

Christianity


29%

Hinduism


25%

Judaism


25%

Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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I knew that already. But I suppose I'm upset that atheism is listed as a religion at all (and in lowercase letters, as Sephraem rightly pointed out) because it really isn't.
Here is one of my favorite passages from Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness:
"To oppose something is to maintain it.
"They say here "all roads lead to Mishnory." To be sure, if you turn your back on Mishnory and walk away frm it, you are still on the Mishnory road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulgar. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road.
"... To be an atheist is to maintain God. His existence or his nonexistence, it amounts ot the same, on the plane of proof.  Thus proof is not a world ofgen used among the Handdarata, who have chosen not to tread God as a fact, subject either to proof or to belief: they ahve broken th ecircle, and go free.
"To learn which questions are unaswerable, and not to answer them : this skill is most neeful in times of stress and darkness."
How does this apply to me? Well to me atheism means moving beyond God, beyond caring if a higher power exists or not.  If pressed I will answer that I believe (but do not KNOW) that there is no God. And that's where my agnosticism comes in- I must always maintain that something might not be true. That is, after all, the scientific approach to life- held as probably true as long as it is supported and not refuted. But one can never be sure.
I find it just a little silly that a lot of atheists are upset by religion, and have hatred of religion itself. Well, I certainly have hatred of the terrible things done in the name of religion, just like I have hatred of the abuse of any other cause, but I find religion-bashing to be a bit juvenile.
Transcend, don't stay back and squabble! For if we were all atheists, the word atheist would cease to exist and we would just be people.

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