Customer Discussions > Christianity forum

Christianity is founded on four absurdities

This discussion has reached the maximum length permitted, and cannot accept new replies. Start a new discussion


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 226-250 of 1000 posts in this discussion
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 5:20:24 PM PDT
Mens Sana says:
"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 5:23:44 PM PDT
Mens Sana says:
:>) I could agree with, "Taking the Gospel to the nations meant co-opting the best of their thought and claiming it as Christian."

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 5:27:19 PM PDT
[Deleted by Amazon on Aug 28, 2011 8:53:50 AM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 5:52:03 PM PDT
. says:
That is an assertion but doesn't explain the fundamental differences between Christian and pagan practices, let alone philosophy. A few examples of differences are exposure of unwanted children was discouraged, as were use of the human body in ritualistic orgies. There was early on a protection of children from sexual use by adults, which was common in Greco / Roman culture. Temple prostitution was another. Killing for sport in gladiatorial contests was also shunned by Christians. After the Edict of Toleration Constantine discouraged gladiatorial spectacle in favor of chariot races. Impoverished parents were given help by the state to raise their children rather than abort or expose them.

There were significant differences between Greek philosophy and Christianity. The Greek language is a very philosophical language, and many definitions of philosophical terms were redefined in a Christian context. The Greek Christian tradition also tended to be (and remains) more philosophical as befits that culture.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 5:58:01 PM PDT
brunumb says:
<Grin>

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 6:14:02 PM PDT
page 61 (and available on Google Books) of this book on Wittgensteing makes much needed fun of that meathead Chomsky.

Wittgenstein: rules, grammar and necessity : essays and exegesis of 185-242
By Gordon P. Baker

Now, Wittgenstein might do you some good. You have little respect for language. He will cure that, real quick.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 6:14:24 PM PDT
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 9:42:33 PM PDT
Mens Sana says:
You'll have to better than that. I'm not plowing through 57 pages of Wittgenstein/Baker when Chomsky's name isn't even mentioned in the first five pages. By the way, I'm currently watching some DVD lectures on "Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language" by John McWhorter of the Manhattan Institute. The lectures are recent (2008) and McWhorter thinks quite highly of Chomsky. Chomsky's hypothesis that humans are born with a hardwired capacity for language is (so far) born out by cognitive scientists.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 9:49:41 PM PDT
Mens Sana says:
C'mon, Eirini, you have set up false comparisons, popular Roman practices instead of those advocated by the moralists and even Augustus himself, over against the Christian practices. And your second paragraph is a truism.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 10:12:23 PM PDT
The Cosmic Warrior says:
"I agree entirely! I don't like to hate anything!

"I'm trying to become impartial to Christianity!

":-)"

Give it time...

and avoid Christians...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 10:29:18 PM PDT
GoneToTexas says:
Fortunately, we don't have many of them in England!

:-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 10:40:31 PM PDT
. says:
Augustus wasn't the only Caesar. Those things were indeed practiced by various cults and were addressed in legal amendments by Constantine. Some laws were obviously unenforceable throughout the empire.

You were maintaining in that Christianity is cultural imperialism and my last statement addresses how aspects of culture remain and some change with conversion of a nation to Christianity. The Greeks didn't stop being Greek once they converted, in fact they were still egregiously Greek as Paul was so fond of pointing out in his letters, neither did Syrians cease being Syriac, etc.

You furthermore stated that Christianity co-opts the best from other cultures and claims it for itself. I'm reading a book right now that shows how Lao Tzu's teaching was so similar to the teaching of Christ, giving full credit to the Tao Teh Ching for its brilliant insight. The translation of the Chinese Bible reads: In the beginning was the Tao, and the Tao was with God, and the Tao was God...And the Tao was made flesh and dwelt among us....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 8:27:01 AM PDT
Careful, you just said 'Intelligent Design' without using the words.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 9:06:48 AM PDT
[Deleted by Amazon on Aug 28, 2011 8:53:58 AM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 9:07:59 AM PDT
NOt an assumption. Read again : Intelligent Design stated in other words. An Assumption would have nothing to do with what YOU stated.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 10:54:13 AM PDT
Mens Sana says:
A confirmed eisegete could reach that conclusion - or someone who did not understand that the mind has evolved along with the body.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 11:14:17 AM PDT
You say 'understand' but that's all. I can't even conceive the evolution of a mind. What is 'almost thinking'.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 1:23:38 PM PDT
Cosmic:

"I think a lot do take notice of it. But they are the silent majority!"

Unfortunately, many of them don't speak up because they get tired of the lunatic fringe giving the whole "judge not lest ye be judged" schpiel. These forums are rapidly teaching me not to care whether the crazy ones think I'm really Christian or not.

"Have you read The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha (Great Conversations)?"

I have not, but I've always thought Ravi Zacharias was an interesting person. I might have to take a look at it.

"It was that book which set me on the path to hating Christianity!"

Why is that? I noticed a few of the bad reviews said Ravi Zacharias made some obvious generalizations about Buddhism for the sake of making Christianity look better. Is that part of it?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 1:26:43 PM PDT
Mens Sana says:
Not of "a" mind, evolution of "the" mind. You might try some googling in the area of cognitive psychology, if you really are interested.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 1:29:25 PM PDT
There is no the mind without a mind. If there were then when one mind existed in the world we would have it AND the mind too, nonsensical.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 1:39:19 PM PDT
GoneToTexas says:
Yes, and he seems to set out to deliberately insult Buddhism and Thailand for some reason. He comes across as quite a nasty piece of work. It gives Christianity a bad name.

I would advise against reading it! If you want to learn about Buddhism then my suggestion is always:

Buddhism Plain and Simple

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 1:43:43 PM PDT
Cosmic:

Buddhism is a religion of which I am admittedly ignorant, but from what little I understand of it, I don't see why it cannot be compatible with Christianity.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 1:46:27 PM PDT
GoneToTexas says:
You can be a Buddhist-Christian or a Christian-Buddhist! True!

But Ravi Zach seems to go out of his way to write his rubbishy little tracts attacking all other religions! At least he doesn't single out Buddhism for his lies! I'd seriously advise anybody against reading his tracts.

On the other hand, I like CS Lewis! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 1:49:41 PM PDT
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 1:50:07 PM PDT
Cosmic:

C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. While I realize not everyone agrees with him, I've always liked how he actually thinks BEFORE speaking, unlike so many of the apologists out there.
‹ Previous 1 ... 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ... 400 Next ›
Discussion locked

 

This discussion

Discussion in:  Christianity forum
Participants:  336
Total posts:  10000
Initial post:  Sep 29, 2010
Latest post:  May 25, 2012

New! Receive e-mail when new posts are made.
Tracked by 15 customers

Search Customer Discussions