"Even those who might find a belief in God difficult often hope that someone else is out there. That is the reason we can understand the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence as a debased form of the religious impulse. We don't want to live in an empty universe" (Stewart, 285).
Do you agree with Stewart? It seems to me that people that don't believe in God have to believe in something else. What is life without hope and faith in something greater? Whether it might be more of a… Read More
Added by Molly Goodman on October 31, 2009 at 9:57am —
Intuition is an amazing thing. People will often say they know their husband or wife was the one right away, or they knew something was wrong on a certain day because of the feeling in their stomach. I remember when I was 13, I was in New Hampshire visiting family when my brother almost died of a blood clot. I remember that whole day feeling like something just wasn't right, but I couldn't figure out what it was. Wasn't till I found out he was ok that I felt relief.
Intellect is an amazing… Read More
Added by Andrea Teal Shinn on October 29, 2009 at 6:12pm —
Intellect drives many of our everyday functions. We have learned how to do our jobs, which were not learned by instinct. We have learned how to drive our cars, which for many is certainly not instinct.
However, it is by instinct that we take care of an infant. They came with no book despite untold numbers of parents hoping for one. We may intellectually understand the basics, but there is so much more. It is instinct that tells us to turn the opposite direction we normally would… Read More
Added by Phi 214 Lynn Honegger on October 29, 2009 at 12:37pm —
When discussing Human Origins, I think it is important to understand Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson. Henri Bergson had some interesting views on religion and world origins that were very different from a lot of other views such as Darwin and de Vries. Henri Bergson accepts natural selection as an explanation of extinction but not of evolutionary change, he accepts that evolution proceeds through sudden mutations, although for him these are creative changes, and not conceived… Read More
Added by Laili Dalloul on October 29, 2009 at 12:31pm —
"The creative force driving the evolutionary process can be called God, The Divine Mind, the Uncaused Cause or, to use the phrase from Henri Bergson in the following reading, the elan vital, the life force." (Stewart, 285)
Where does our planet come from? The most famous theory is that it was created by a Divine. Scientists argue that the universe has a beginning (i.e Big Bang). So more than 90% of all population (Christians, Jews, Moslems, Atheists) believe that The universe has a… Read More
Added by PH214 Youstbi Djuanvat on October 29, 2009 at 3:00am —
While many different religions, have different reasons for believing women are inferior to men, the inclusion of open source religion, and the all encompassing it entails, gives me a reason to believe that people of all faiths will continue to help women up the equality ladder. While some religions are progressing faster than others, there is no denying that it seems inevitable that all religions at some point will come to the same conclusions, and change their outdated views. It may not be… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on October 26, 2009 at 2:22pm —
Many religions share a common belief that women are inferior to men. In some countries it’s worse than others, and women die for what we consider to be minor indiscretions or even a natural part of our day, such as hanging out with another male unattended, going to school, showing off our legs, working , etc. As I’ve stated in my previous entries, it’s not always 100% equal here either, as some women and men still feel that women are inferior to men, or at least that men are the stronger sex… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on October 26, 2009 at 2:22pm —
"Consciousness, in man, is pre-eminently intellect. It might have been, it ought, so it seems, to have been also intuition. Intuition and intellect represent two opposite directions of the work of consciousness: intuition goes in the very direction of life, intellect goes in the universe direction, and thus finds itself naturally in accordance with the movement of matter. A complete and perfect humanity would be that in which these two forms of conscious activity should attain their full… Read More
Added by Molly Goodman on October 25, 2009 at 11:54am —
is the Principle by which things come about.
is those things coming about.
The Principle never changes.
Nature is constantly changing.
It is the difference between the Creator
and the Created
. But this is one of those issues largely misunderstood and misrepresented by "the followers".
But the question is, “Is Elohim a conscious being?
This natural question raises 6 concerns;
1) The… Read More
Added by James S Saint on October 22, 2009 at 6:04pm —
I'm wondering what you all think of contact with aliens
. Is it a form of clairvoyance? If so, does that mean that aliens are not on the physical plane at all? Can they be seen by everybody?
Added by Katinka Hesselink on October 21, 2009 at 10:16am —
Well, I'm not sure where we got with this. We all agree that women were seen as mere property and no value was placed upon them in the Old Testament. However, I am aware that Jesus Christ did not feel that way. He washed Mary Magdalen's feet in her deepest hour. I don't think Jesus saw women as mere objects. I think he was magnificent in appreciating all genders. Obviously, men of that time still did not see it that way.
But we have come a long way. I think sometimes we are our own… Read More
Added by PH214 Lori T. on October 20, 2009 at 10:41am —
As per the recent Ardi studies... (doone, read it and weep) ]:o)
Ethiopion Review of Ardi
Man didn’t descend from apes. What is closer to the truth is that our knuckle-dragging cousins descended from us.
That’s one of the shocking new theories being drawn from a series of anthropology papers published Friday in a special edition of the journal Science.
Scientists say a… Read More
Added by James S Saint on October 19, 2009 at 5:00pm —
My final thoughts on women issue in religion is merely a petition for all religious people to affirm equality of all genders. Mohammed (pbuh) is not a female, so does that mean Allah doesn't like women preacher? Catholicism, one of the oldest church, see so highly of Mary in the gospel. Even higher than protestant denominations today. But only celibate males can be priests. I find that ironic.
Christianity as a leading major religion in the world with 3 billion followers should be a… Read More
Added by PH214 Youstbi Djuanvat on October 19, 2009 at 2:30pm —
I am currently in the throws of college girl drama. Within our group of girls, emotions and tempers have been running high, with me at the center of all of it, despite my best efforts to prevent that from happening. In doing this small study and writing on women and their role in society/religion, I find myself complaining about the nature of society and attitudes towards women. In fighting with my girlfriends, I find that I often make those same judgment's on my friends that society does, and… Read More
Added by Andrea Teal Shinn on October 19, 2009 at 12:15pm —
We have made huge strides over the last 100 years in regards to women’s rights and place in the world, and yet women continue to struggle against religion to be seen as equal and credible. Many religions even today, still see as women as lesser than men. We have religions that teach that women should be subservient to their husbands and play the role as the dutiful wife. A simple google search brings a multitude of sites dedicated to teaching women to being obedient and serve their husbands,… Read More
Added by Chandra Fudge on October 18, 2009 at 9:47pm —
Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Father's) kingdom."
They said to him, "Then shall we enter the (Father's) kingdom as babies?"
Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when… Read More
Added by gneognostic on October 18, 2009 at 1:08pm —
Very long ago in very ancient times, it was discovered that even a single mind had the hidden potential to affect the entire world. But the problem is that each mind has that same potential and it would not do to have very many exercising such immense domination over the entire existence of mankind. So very quickly, that reality was hidden and great efforts were installed to keep it a secret.
Words were redefined, new stories were told, both logic and magic were used to their maximum… Read More
Added by James S Saint on October 18, 2009 at 1:03pm —
Through out this section on Religion and Women I learned that the religious readings need to be more open to femininity. It also needs to show more equal between men and women. In society and Open source the equableness has become more open and recognized. Also there would many changes if the Image og God was changed to a more feminin figure.
Added by Cally Grissom on October 18, 2009 at 9:51am —
After having such great discussions with people on Redefine God on women and religion, I can see how much it is important in a networked world. It is important to be able to talk to other people about our opinions, and hear what other people have to say. Especially on Open source religion, where it is such a great place to get to know what other people think, and broaden your mind. It is really cool to get to understand where another person is coming from, and then be able to maybe change your… Read More
Added by Laili Dalloul on October 18, 2009 at 8:00am —
From this unit I learned that I need to constantly question, research, and evaluate the religion I choose to practice. Not all religions are the same and you can't believe something just because you were raised that way, but rather you need to believe things you have learned and experienced on your own. I also learned that there are a lot of hard-headed and stubborn people on this site. Some of them are so worried about pushing their opinions on others and proving themselves to be right, that… Read More
Added by Molly Goodman on October 16, 2009 at 5:34pm —