— Secularism Works! (@SecularismWorks) December 26, 2016
As with any occasion, groups adjust specific dates according to the themes of many various activities set around Christmastime. These may be Twelve Days of Gifts, Actions, Sayings . . . almost anything!
“The exact origins and the meaning of the song are unknown, but it is highly probable that it originated from a children’s memory and forfeit game.” -Wikipedia
Mark Lawson-Jones, Why was the Partridge in the Pear Tree?: The History of Christmas Carols, 2011
Our perspective today comes from Penelope Lane, via Patheos, as she explores polygamous relationships . . . one of the major “Mormon Fundamentalist” issues. If you don’t like that sex trafficking takes place, then you might as well accept that the practice of polygamy can easily translate into the same sort of thing in the guise of a ‘family’ environment.
The Answer is Yes! A group of artists is much like any other group of people– comprised of different personalities and beliefs, often changing as they navigate life.
We’re happy that James Cameron found atheism for himself; goodness knows people should be free to seek. What of those who’ve no conviction one way or the other? Ah, to be the most open-minded is always the most trying. . . living between the constant battles of deniers of and believers in god(s).
How dare such staunch [militant] atheists regard agnosticism as “cowardly atheism”; which, is not much different from the proselytizing followers of gods pointing fingers and applying pressure to join ranks.
How can one– especially of the artistic world of film– draw such thick lines to cross, and spend energy to belittle those most open to every life? Perhaps he’s since come off such staunch positioning. Only time can tell.
Where are you, dear reader, regarding agnosticism?
Interestingly enough, this post (below) on repentance came up in the “secularism” feed. There seems to be a good point about forgiveness, but it’s difficult to make out and reliant on being Christian. The best thing to do with something like this is to take the most troubling aspects and respond with human conscience. After reading the Original Post (OP), the points made here (above the line) are a reaction from one who is secular and lives by the Golden Rule . . . the secular version of which is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Babies are born unburdened by the idea that they are inherently destined to do bad by way of ‘sin’. When we teach children that they are ‘natural sinners’ who should expect grace (or punishment, depends on belief), then this is exactly how they end up treating themselves and others. Of course, thanks to secularism we are free to lead as such within our families, our churches, in evangelism on the street and at the front door when it is opened. Religious liberties are taken elsewhere, too.
A glaring untruth regarding responsibility of working conditions contained in this writing is the idea that when an “accident” has occurred, that no one was at fault. This is a way to pre-absolve the responsible care necessary in prevention of ignorance or abuse while at work. Accidents do happen, more so in a bad economy that is able to tilt against workers’ interests in favor of money savings (whether out of greed or necessity).
It cannot be denied that some people need to repent, in order to absolve themselves– more often their communities– of feelings of guilt. If this helps them to receive less unreasonable punishment which may not be deserved or may be, who is to say (and by the way what a contrast of examples given in this OP below) then so be it, in a secular society. Everyone has their version of self protection, often decided in haste at the last thoughtful moment.
Religion is a great responsibility; if you’re going to take on such mythology/belief in the name of community or anything else, it shouldn’t be used in any all-knowing sense but only in the most reasoned ways that avoid the oppression of others.
Everyone likes to see an evil person get the punishment everyone believes he deserves. When John Wayne Gacy was executed in 1994, few tears were shed on his behalf, and many comments mourned the fa…
Source: Nobody Wants to Repent
Just don’t bother me . . . or him, or her or them
It’s been quite awhile since any of us heartily hearkened back to Britain, but the news is promising nonetheless:
The majority of Brits are now atheist or agnostic https://t.co/eHUVTnSZDt
— Craig (@CaffeinatedUnc) February 25, 2016
Let’s be one big happy family.
Agnosticism -via Giosué
Maybe You’re an Atheist ∴
When we wonder if someone is atheist, or generally about their religious or belief preferences, often we’ll ask “Do you believe in God?” or “Do you believe in the Holy Trinity and that Jesus is the Christ?” Cut and dried, the answer is sought!
But we should realize that an atheist isn’t necessarily always so, just as a Christian isn’t necessarily always a practicing. This is part of the trouble with labels and the way we get attached to one story of ourselves. Can you imagine if you only ever read one story?
Definitely Not an Atheist
Take Tom Hanks for example. Greek Orthodox since having been married, like so many people the accomplished Hollywood actor has had ample exposure to several religions through various close family members and various life experiences. First Catholic, Hanks also had many Jewish friends in high school and with a Mormon mother (many prefer the term LDS) was sure to immerse into that culture as well.
In this way, Christians are a constantly evolving type of people drifting in and out this sect or that cult as life changes arise or as pastors come and go . . . all while evangelizing others to the church (when in fact they’re evangelists or even disciples, as part of the disciple’s job is to bring others into the particular religious fold).
Devotion to Viewpoints
There are atheist evangelists certain as disciples in their calling to reason others into believing their worthy Godless point of view. Too, there are Christians who attend only one church again and again their entire lives and atheists who convert to agnosticism. The list of callings goes on.
Yet we continue to place labels upon ourselves or to allow others to do so. It’s a little like donning a team jersey, only with serious soul implications (unless one’s an atheist).
We don those labels and participate in the culture of a group where members try to serve each other in the ways that can be worked out. That’s the [hopefully] positive community aspect of any group. What’s more difficult is to accept how attached some become to group ideologies and dogmas . . . especially when those dogmas are unsubstantiated and even harmful.
Kershaw, Tom. “Tom Hanks’ Religion and Political Views”. Blog Post.
The Hollowverse. 05 April 2012. Web. 09 February 2016. <http://hollowverse.com/tom-hanks/>
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