The idea is much like cells and organs in a body, each forms its own "DNA" of reasoning to suit its own needs. Laws are not dictated from above, but rather are the laws of nature. "Cells" of from 4 to 100 people each form a corporate entity as they take care of each other as they see fit. The only higher governance is that which ensures that each is really following its own constitution. It is much like federal, state, local, and family constitutions, without the dictates of details from the… Read More
A soul is a unique identification. To save your soul is to save the essence of your identity.
If your intentions, methods, and situation are preserved, then your soul is preserved fore these are the raw data of who and what you essentially are.
If all of what you have written here at RG is preserved, then by your own words, your soul, although in only raw data form, is at least partially preserved. By those words, proper analysis could reveal the real you that… Read More
I know it has been discussed in other places here, but It was going to come up eventually....
I know what the Bible says and have learned well the lessons growing up in a Christian faith that backs only the creation theory. I have also sat in science classes that make an equally strong argument for the fossil record proving the first life in the era that includes humans. It was difficult to reconcile given the doctrine that had taken firm hold in my mind.
I watched the news that recently we found another great archeological discoveries of fossils. With our current technology we not only found trace back to organisms living on earth thousands of years ago but also the re graphing of Jesus' face from the Shroud of Turin. (He wasn't white surprisingly! They always gave me Caucasian/aryan version of Jesus' pictures when I was young)
Since our planet is billions years old (some sources say a little less). What was Adam? Did he look like… Read More
Thomas Young’s double-slit experiment has been of great interest to philosophers, because it has forced them to reevaluate their ideas about classical concepts such as "particles", "waves", "location", and "movement from one place to another".
Around 1021, Ibn al-Haytham wrote a book, Book of Optics, wherein he proclaimed that light must be in the form of minute particles.
Around 1690 in a paper, Traité de la lumière, Christiaan… Read More
Added by James S Saint on November 27, 2009 at 11:00pm —
What an interesting topic. It’s one of those taboo topics that you just don’t speak about, like religion and politics. Though in this realm, those very subjects are the focus of what we talk about. Here is a place, a sanctuary to give our thoughts and hear diverse opinions and feelings. To consider each others words carefully, and shed new light on topics that has been rehashed over and over. Coming together and pooling resources.
The more I study religion and philosophy, and the… Read More
˝The small things could be a symbol of somethings even smaller, or a symbol of somethings bigger... Even bigger than our own world... Something very big, could be a symbol of somethings smaller... Even smaller than the hole of our own belly buttons.˝
By Galigo Patalino in Missing Point.
Quoting db: Let's go and grab Roberto, Reverend King, and TuHanTU.... and wake up them up first with "Hole Folding" and see if the Hole Folding Theory is…Read More
The debates about when human life actually begins often leave me speechless. This debate caused such passion on both sides of the debate, even in my youth I understood it was important. That it was used to determine deadlines for abortion is sad.
Human life begins at the moment of conception. At that time, biological processes begin and whether the sould has entered the body or is just waiting patiently for further growth, it has found its home.
One has to wonder what open source religion is in the context of the abortion debate. From my point of view, it seems that it would certainly be accepting of it, as it is all encompassing, and if we all are part of open source, all a part of reality, so then are our thoughts and ideas as well, that we together have come up with this “solution” to the unwanted burden of childbirth, and thus should embrace or at least be tolerant or accepting of such a practice.
I think technology has effected abortion more than we think.
In the media, there is so much pressure to look "hot" and "sexy". In movies, and on TV, there is now so much sex. Not only is it teaching kids that it is ok and normal to have sex with a variety of different people, it is also showing that when you have sex..nothing usually happens. In movies you see people having sex all the time without the women getting pregnant, and that is totally not the case with most people. Most people… Read More
When human were created (conception); I often wonder whether this little baby is tainted by "original sin" or not? One of main religion that supports the theory of original sin is Christianity. Even it supports the idea, many denominations within it are still against it; it is indeed a controversy whether a baby is pure innocent or tainted by the sin of his/her ancestors.
If we judge secularly and fairly, it is unfair to view a new born baby as sinful thus destined to hell… Read More
Jim- Your posting Johnny Cash Video made me think of this Video Biography,
I have had this on my profile for a long time. I tried to update some of the links and it didn't want to save, so I'm putting it here.
This song describes my childhood so well its spooky!
People are often blessed by not knowing what the future holds. If there were a child who would be chronically ill and have a difficult life, should that pregnancy be ended? If the choice is not to abort, the parent needs to carry the burden of months finding a diagnosis and wondering if the child they love will die. The child also has to fight that battle. After a diagnosis is found, you are told there is no cure. Did the parent make a mistake keeping the child? The child is in pain her entire… Read More
With the advancement in technology, we’ve been able to connect with people around the world, via our iPhones and Blackberries, via the internet and instant messaging, by sites such as these, and other groups and online connection sites, but technology also brings new ways to do things and new procedures in the medical world. While abortion has been around for ages, new and improved methods of doing so have also been accessed through technology. Technology has brought about an increase in… Read More
Abortion. Wow, what a heavy and intense chapter for our last discussion.
I do think that every human is born with a soul, and that we gain that soul at conception. But Im never sure about whether abortion is "right" or "wrong". I do not think it is so black and white, its neither right all the time, nor wrong all the time. Is it ok to have an abortion if you know that the child is going to go through a very tough and challenging life? Or if you know that the child is going to be disabled… Read More
Talking about human origin isn't limited to how we first created. The war between creationism and evolutionism is another story. I want to ask you guys, religious and non-religious alike—how and when our soul (not body) were originated? Are our soul eternal? If heaven holds the soul for an eternity, that means our soul were never created? Since if there is a beginning there is an end; if there is no beginning, there is no end.
What is the origin of our soul? If there is no beginning to our… Read More
The abortion debate is a very intense and emotional one. People come up with a variety of reasons as to why it should or shouldn’t be illegal. Some use the bible as evidence, when there is no real passage in the bible against abortion, but use the “thou shalt not kill” marking the unborn fetus as a human life worth protection. Others say that while murder is wrong, an unborn child is not actually a child yet, as it can sustain life outside of the womb, and thus should not create an undue burden… Read More
"Life so understood can be frustrated in two main ways. It can be frustrated by premature death, which leaves any previous natural and personal investment unrealized. Or it can be by other forms of failure: by handicaps or poverty or misconceived projects...any one of these may in different ways frustrate a person's opportunity to redeem his ambition or otherwise to lead a full and flourishing life" (Stewart 303).
To me, this statement raises the question: is it better to live a… Read More
It is obvious that science and Christians will never share the same beliefs. Having said that, the Pope is currently encouraging Christians to believe that evolution and creationism can go hand-in-hand. This is a bitter pill to swallow for true believers in "God created the heavens and the Earth."
In my other blog, I brought up the naturalist theory. I touched on the fact that naturalism cannot describe how we process thoughts. As Socrates stated "the naturalist approach to reality… Read More
I think our earth was created when Kamisama (The Supreme God) brought two divine beings into existence; Izanagi no mikoto (divinely male) and Izanami no mikoto (divinely female), ordered the couple to create the first land. In order to help them do this, Izanagi and Izanami were given a double-edged spear (naginata) by Kamisama. It was decorated with heavenly jewels—Amanonuboko (Heavenly Jeweled Halberd). The two deities then went to the bridge between heaven and earth—Amenoukihashi (The… Read More