The Nazis as occult masters? It's a good story but not history
https://aeon.co/ideas/the-nazis-as-occult-masters-its-a-good-story-but-not-history, posted Aug '21 by peter in history religion toread war
The problem with this alluring image is not just that it is false. The myth of Nazi occultism is more than an amusing curiosity, a testament to the power of cinematic suggestion. It actively detracts from a historical understanding of the very themes it highlights. It yields a distorted view of Nazism and a distorted view of occultism. But it also offers an occasion for critical reflection, a chance to see how we might make better sense of the tangled history of occultism in the Nazi era. It might even help us to understand Nazi evil and the not-so-hidden forces behind it.
www.galactanet.com/oneoff/theegg_mod.html, posted 2015 by peter in literature religion
“I… I died?”
“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.
You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”
Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience - CSI
www.csicop.org/si/show/covert_cognition_my_so-called_near-death_experience, posted 2015 by peter in cognition health religion
Near death isn’t required for a near-death experience. They can be triggered by severe illness and even fainting (from lack of oxygen to the brain). Though my coma-dream shared many similarities with typical NDEs, my experience was different because I’m a skeptic. The reason I didn’t see dead relatives is I don’t believe in life after death. Likewise, I didn’t see Jesus’s rainbow-hued horse because I’m Jewish and not a four-year-old imagining Jesus with a gay Little Pony. I did, however, dream of ice cream. Indeed, while my life didn’t flash before my eyes, childhood elements figured prominently in the revolving segments of the coma-dream. On my Brain TV, some shows were repeats, while others had advancing plots like soap operas. I had a lot of time to kill.
Radical Atheists Bomb â€˜The Flintstonesâ€™ For Contradicting Theory of Evolution
dailycurrant.com/2015/01/14/radical-atheists-bomb-the-flintstones-for-contradicting-theory-of-evolution/, posted 2015 by peter in humor religion terrorism
The suspects, who fled the scene in a car driven by a female accomplice, are part of the radical atheist sect, the Charles Darwin Martyrs Brigade, which has links to the extremist group Al Kinda. Witnesses state that as they opened fire, the two suspects yelled, “God is not great, because God does not exist!”
Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skepticâ€™s Guide to the Debate - CSI
www.csicop.org/si/show/would_the_world_be_better_off_without_religion_a_skeptics_guide_to_the_deba, posted 2014 by peter in philosophy religion science toread
The widespread assertion that the world would be better off without religion is a reasonable hypothesis. Yet data suggest that skeptics should attach no more than a modest level of probability to it.
How Did Moses Part the Red Sea? - WSJ
www.wsj.com/articles/how-did-moses-part-the-red-sea-1417790250?mod=trending_now_4, posted 2014 by peter in history msm religion science
In certain places in the world, the tide can leave the sea bottom dry for hours and then come roaring back. In fact, in 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte and a small group of soldiers on horseback were crossing the Gulf of Suez, the northern end of the Red Sea, roughly where Moses and the Israelites are said to have crossed. On a mile-long expanse of dry sea bottom exposed at low water, the tide suddenly rushed in, almost drowning them.
Freedom Of Religion Is Obsolete, Superseded, And Harmful - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
falkvinge.net/2014/07/03/freedom-of-religion-is-obsolete-superseded-and-harmful/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Falkvinge-on-Infopolicy+%28Falkvinge+on+Infopolicy%29, posted 2014 by peter in fascism opinion politics religion
Freedom of Religion is used to persecute individuals once again, using governmental threat of force to back up such persecution. It is time to abolish it in name and concept, and instead let the Freedoms of Opinion and Speech carry on its original intention.
Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ'
uk.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11201273.htm, posted 2013 by peter in history literature religion science toread
American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. His presentation will be part of a one-day symposium entitled "Covert Messiah" at Conway Hall in Holborn (full details can be found at http://www.covertmessiah.com).
Who speaks Latin these days?
m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21412604, posted 2013 by peter in history language religion
Nicholas Ostler, author of Ad Infinitum, a history of Latin, and the Chairman of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, compares Latin's presence on the internet (interretialis) to a small European language - it is comparable to "Icelandic, Lithuanian or Slovenian". § Ostler emails his brother in Latin for fun and enthusiasts maintain websites such as Circulus Latinus Interretialis (Internet Latin Circle), Grex Latine Loquentium (Flock of those Speaking Latin) and the connected online paper Ephemeris. The Finnish radio station YLE even broadcasts news in Latin.
Legal Ramifications Of File-Sharing Now Being Religious Worship - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
falkvinge.net/2012/01/05/legal-ramifications-of-file-sharing-now-being-religious-worship/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Falkvinge-on-Infopolicy+(Falkvinge+on+Infopolicy)&utm_content=Google+Reader, posted 2012 by peter in copyright opinion p2p politics religion
Conversations of preachers of official religions acting on official duty are privileged conversations, meaning they can’t be eavesdropped on or forced as evidence; a priest can even go to jail for inadvertently disclosing something that was said under the privileged conversation of confession. In this case of this religion, the preachers are defined as the ones facilitating holy copying (and remixing). Translated to nerdspeak, that means the communications between operators of trackers/hubs and the people who partake in the sacrament of copying now carries confessional status, by and large making it illegal and impossible to collect as evidence in a trial.