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Why Darwinism Is Doomed
WorldNetDaily ^ | 09/27/2006 | Jonathan Wells

Posted on 09/27/2006 9:56:09 AM PDT by SirLinksalot

Why Darwinism is doomed

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Posted: September 27, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jonathan Wells, Ph.D.

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© 2006

Harvard evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould wrote in 1977: "Biology took away our status as paragons created in the image of God." Darwinism teaches that we are accidental byproducts of purposeless natural processes that had no need for God, and this anti-religious dogma enjoys a taxpayer-funded monopoly in America's public schools and universities. Teachers who dare to question it openly have in many cases lost their jobs.

The issue here is not "evolution" – a broad term that can mean simply change within existing species (which no one doubts). The issue is Darwinism – which claims that all living things are descended from a common ancestor, modified by natural selection acting on random genetic mutations.

According to Darwinists, there is such overwhelming evidence for their view that it should be considered a fact. Yet to the Darwinists' dismay, at least three-quarters of the American people – citizens of the most scientifically advanced country in history – reject it.

A study published Aug. 11 in the pro-Darwin magazine Science attributes this primarily to biblical fundamentalism, even though polls have consistently shown that half of the Americans who reject Darwinism are not biblical fundamentalists. Could it be that the American people are skeptical of Darwinism because they're smarter than Darwinists think?

On Aug. 17, the pro-Darwin magazine Nature reported that scientists had just found the "brain evolution gene." There is circumstantial evidence that this gene may be involved in brain development in embryos, and it is surprisingly different in humans and chimpanzees. According to Nature, the gene may thus harbor "the secret of what makes humans different from our nearest primate relatives."

Three things are remarkable about this report. First, it implicitly acknowledges that the evidence for Darwinism was never as overwhelming as its defenders claim. It has been almost 30 years since Gould wrote that biology accounts for human nature, yet Darwinists are just now turning up a gene that may have been involved in brain evolution.

Second, embryologists know that a single gene cannot account for the origin of the human brain. Genes involved in embryo development typically have multiple effects, and complex organs such as the brain are influenced by many genes. The simple-mindedness of the "brain evolution gene" story is breathtaking.

Third, the only thing scientists demonstrated in this case was a correlation between a genetic difference and brain size. Every scientist knows, however, that correlation is not the same as causation. Among elementary school children, reading ability is correlated with shoe size, but this is because young schoolchildren with small feet have not yet learned to read – not because larger feet cause a student to read better or because reading makes the feet grow. Similarly, a genetic difference between humans and chimps cannot tell us anything about what caused differences in their brains unless we know what the gene actually does. In this case, as Nature reports, "what the gene does is a mystery."

So after 150 years, Darwinists are still looking for evidence – any evidence, no matter how skimpy – to justify their speculations. The latest hype over the "brain evolution gene" unwittingly reveals just how underwhelming the evidence for their view really is.

The truth is Darwinism is not a scientific theory, but a materialistic creation myth masquerading as science. It is first and foremost a weapon against religion – especially traditional Christianity. Evidence is brought in afterwards, as window dressing.

This is becoming increasingly obvious to the American people, who are not the ignorant backwoods religious dogmatists that Darwinists make them out to be. Darwinists insult the intelligence of American taxpayers and at the same time depend on them for support. This is an inherently unstable situation, and it cannot last.

If I were a Darwinist, I would be afraid. Very afraid.

Get Wells' widely popular "Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design"

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Jonathan Wells is the author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Darwinism and Intelligent Design" (Regnery, 2006) and Icons of Evolution (Regnery, 2000). He holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in theology from Yale University. Wells is currently a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: backwardsthinking; crevolist; darwinism; darwinismhasfailed; doomed; evofury; fishwithfeet; headinsand; pepperedmoths; scaredevos; wearealldoomedputz; whyreligionisdoomed; wingnutdaily
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To: GourmetDan

Yeah, so what is it about 'no physical significance' that you don't understand?

It is you who lacks understanding, as nothing you've presented is evidence of your stated position that 'the universe is geocentric'. You are not just simply deficient in the evidence area, you have no evidence whatsoever.

901 posted on 09/30/2006 6:34:11 PM PDT by ml1954 (ID = Case closed....no further inquiry allowed...now move along.)
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To: Al Simmons; taxesareforever
Summed up it states that the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one.

This misses a little. Simplicity is a tie-breaker. Of equally workable explanations, the simplest is preferred. Another formulation: "Include nothing unnecessary."

The Wikipedia Article.

The folksy saying, "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck--it's a duck" is really Occam's Razor all over.

902 posted on 09/30/2006 6:39:22 PM PDT by VadeRetro (Liberalism is a cancer on society. Creationism is a cancer on conservatism.)
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To: stands2reason
Because I don't accept other men's descriptions of God. How hard is that to understand?

I said nothing about 'other men'.

I'm trying to understand YOUR statement: HOW do you 'know' there is a GOD and yet NOT 'know' if he (HE?) has a plan???

903 posted on 09/30/2006 7:03:36 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: upcountryhorseman
Very interesting; however Darwinian evolution requires an evolutionary sequence within one species.... before it creates ANOTHER specie!
904 posted on 09/30/2006 7:04:46 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: js1138
Evolution assumes that every offspring is of the same species as its parents, if that's what you mean.

This CAN'T be true, for then you'd never get a DIFFERENT specie.

905 posted on 09/30/2006 7:05:52 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: Elsie
This CAN'T be true, for then you'd never get a DIFFERENT specie.

Wrongo, grasshopper

Study some biology before opposing it.

906 posted on 09/30/2006 7:07:36 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: js1138
Because chromosome doubling is so common in plants, you don't have such a severe problem of mutant individuals finding mates.

Except, ironically, in the plants we cultivate for food. They can't mate successfully without human intervention.

Ironic is NOT the word I would have chosen.

Ironic is NOT the word I would have chosen.

907 posted on 09/30/2006 7:07:44 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: Elsie
Regarding speciation, take a look at this and tell me exactly where red changes to green.

If you have trouble finding the exact spot, I'll magnify the transition.


908 posted on 09/30/2006 7:11:51 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: js1138
Study some biology before opposing it.


A begets A'
A' begets A''
A'' begets A'''
ad nauseum


"Mommy; where do B's come from?"

909 posted on 09/30/2006 7:13:11 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: js1138

Purdy colors, but so what?


910 posted on 09/30/2006 7:15:11 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: Elsie

Where doe the green start?


911 posted on 09/30/2006 7:15:41 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: js1138; Elsie

How do you define 'a waste of time and effort'?


912 posted on 09/30/2006 7:17:24 PM PDT by ml1954 (ID = Case closed....no further inquiry allowed...now move along.)
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To: ml1954; Elsie
How do you define 'a waste of time and effort'?

Posting to creationists.

But for the record, "species" is a man-made concept that doesn't really have a clear definition in biology. There are many living examples of species in transition, in which the individuals blend as seamlessly with their immediate neighbors as points on my color gradient.

We do not need to look for transitional fossils. We have living transitionals.

913 posted on 09/30/2006 7:28:32 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: Al Simmons

selling their snake oil religion?

One can't buy or sell salvation - it's a free gift. Focus should be on their need for a Savior and not on any person.


Sidenote: If a relative/friend had a billion $ for them; and, all they had to do is believe that they needed it and then accept it, do you believe they would 'allow' anyone (or claim to allow anyone) to stop them from receiving it?


914 posted on 09/30/2006 7:34:43 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: js1138

But for the record, "species" is a man-made concept that doesn't really have a clear definition in biology. There are many living examples of species in transition, in which the individuals blend as seamlessly with their immediate neighbors as points on my color gradient.

We do not need to look for transitional fossils. We have living transitionals.

It's too bad some well-meaning biologist(s) at some point in the past, oblivious of the religious implications, ever coined the largely meaningless and artificial terms micro and macro evolution.

915 posted on 09/30/2006 7:43:36 PM PDT by ml1954 (ID = Case closed....no further inquiry allowed...now move along.)
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To: Al Simmons
...just like anything that Dr. Laura says on the radio doesn't count, because, see, "she's not a Christian"...oh and any of your parents who "didn't accept Christ BURN IN HELL!!"...

You better brush up on your news. Dr.Laura is a Christian by her admission. So much for your sarcasm. Also, as for those who don't believe is Christ going to hell, well you can take that up with God. "..he that believeth not, shall be damned." Christians have nothing to do with that. Again, another false premise on your part.

916 posted on 09/30/2006 7:48:36 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: taxesareforever
You better brush up on your news. Dr.Laura is a Christian by her admission. So much for your sarcasm.

Dr. Laura claimed to be an Orthodox Jew until 2003. As Al Simmons was relating past conversations, your accusation would seem to be premature, as it is possible that he was relating an event that occured prior to Dr. Laura's 2003 announcement.
917 posted on 09/30/2006 7:52:16 PM PDT by Dimensio (http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif <-- required reading before you use your next apostrophe!)
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To: taxesareforever
You better brush up on your news. Dr.Laura is a Christian by her admission.

Also, I am unaware that Dr. Laura has ever claimed to be Christian. Do you have a reference for this "admission"? While she has stated that she is no longer a practicing Orthodox Jew, she did state that she still considers herself Jewish. What reference do you have for her announcement of conversion to Christianity?
918 posted on 09/30/2006 7:56:49 PM PDT by Dimensio (http://angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif <-- required reading before you use your next apostrophe!)
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To: SirLinksalot
I'm still waiting for a list of Hindu, Buddist, Athiest, and muslim scientists to sign on that ID or Creationism is backed by scientific fact.

Christian, Jew, muslim, Hindu, Buddist, and Athiest scientists can all agree on the Theory of Gravity, Theory of Relativity, Theory of Evolution, and the Theories of Quantum Physics. Where is all the cross religion support for ID and Creationism?

If it's science it is science for all religions. If it is a belief of scientists of one faith. Then it's religion.
919 posted on 09/30/2006 8:11:53 PM PDT by GreenOgre (If they won't behave out of respect, then make them behave out of fear.)
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To: ml1954
It's too bad some well-meaning biologist(s) at some point in the past, oblivious of the religious implications, ever coined the largely meaningless and artificial terms micro and macro evolution.

One would almost like to believe that the term macroevolution was coined by an anti-evolutionist.

And one would be correct.

920 posted on 09/30/2006 8:15:28 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: Dimensio

Not an outright admission, but close.

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4006/dr-laura-renounces-jewish-orthodoxy

By the way, the term "Jewish" refers to culture OR religion.


921 posted on 09/30/2006 8:35:27 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Al Simmons
"Yeah, well Gargantua, I happen to "know" Jesus personally..."

As do I. I was siding with you in my above comment. I'm trying to figure out how you missed that.

The Bible tells us that all of Scripture is useful (and to be used) in helping to steer people away from eternity in hell... including Jesus' explicit warnings about hell itself. For every one time Jesus mentions Heaven in the New Testament, He refers to hell three times. 3-to-1.

If it's good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me.

And you. I might add.

;-/

922 posted on 09/30/2006 9:16:45 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: andysandmikesmom
"As usual, someone comes along, such as you have done and decides who will and who will not go to Hell..."

The choice is yours, not mine. The Bible makes that quite clear.

Pass the barbecue sauce...

;-/

923 posted on 09/30/2006 9:18:49 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: ml1954
Again, pass the barbecue sauce...

;-/

924 posted on 09/30/2006 9:20:17 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: Dimensio
The Theory of Evolution is just as much a Faith-based religion as is Christianity, with the exception that there is far more historical proof of Jesus than of Darwins' disproved 'primordial soup'...(snicker!).

Pass the barbecue sauce... and add some rendered pork fat for the Muslims.

;-/

925 posted on 09/30/2006 9:23:47 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: andysandmikesmom
Barbecue sauce, anyone?

:-o

926 posted on 09/30/2006 9:24:35 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: Dimensio
Make that extra crispy, please...

;-/

927 posted on 09/30/2006 9:27:55 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: js1138
"I am mystified as to why anyone who doesn't accept common descent would want ID taught.

Yeah, makes no sense at all. I'm sure it'd probably be lots of fun to roast in agony for eternity, huh?

Sure, why the hell not?

Please pass the barbecue sauce...

;-/

928 posted on 09/30/2006 9:30:40 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: Gargantua

Again, pass the barbecue sauce...

Well, now that we all know where you unequivocally stand, what store bought sauce do you recommend?

929 posted on 09/30/2006 9:32:42 PM PDT by ml1954 (ID = Case closed....no further inquiry allowed...now move along.)
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To: Gargantua
Yeah, makes no sense at all. I'm sure it'd probably be lots of fun to roast in agony for eternity, huh?

Argumentum ad baculum. A fine piece of logic.

930 posted on 09/30/2006 9:33:29 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: ml1954
"How do you define 'a waste of time and effort'?"

Easy... like this:

Pass the barbecue sauce (PTBS for short).

;-/

931 posted on 09/30/2006 9:34:06 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: js1138
"Argumentum ad baculum."

Ceteris parabus, sine qua non.

PTBS

;-/

932 posted on 09/30/2006 9:38:08 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: Gargantua

933 posted on 09/30/2006 9:45:53 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: VadeRetro

So, Occam was a Franciscan frier, eh? *Jeez* was I off...the old thinker is starting to malfunction in my middle age...(skulking away....)


934 posted on 09/30/2006 9:49:05 PM PDT by Al Simmons (Finding God does not excuse you from using the analytical part of your brain... that He gave you....)
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To: Gargantua

935 posted on 09/30/2006 9:50:00 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: presently no screen name
"Sidenote: If a relative/friend had a billion $ for them; and, all they had to do is believe that they needed it and then accept it, do you believe they would 'allow' anyone (or claim to allow anyone) to stop them from receiving it?"

!!!!!!!!!

????????

OK.

Put down the glue jar.

Sleep it off.

936 posted on 09/30/2006 9:51:49 PM PDT by Al Simmons (Finding God does not excuse you from using the analytical part of your brain... that He gave you....)
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To: taxesareforever
"You better brush up on your news. Dr.Laura is a Christian by her admission. So much for your sarcasm. Also, as for those who don't believe is Christ going to hell, well you can take that up with God. "..he that believeth not, shall be damned." Christians have nothing to do with that. Again, another false premise on your part"

??????????

!!!!!!!!

??????

What - a second poster in a row who appears to have 'gone off the mental rails' on me???

Dude. Re-read that post. I was conveying some things that my psychotic (but Bible-thumping) ex would often scream.

Yes, its true. In my post I used that dreaded weapon - SARCASM.

I'm sorry that it apparently caused you mental confusion.

937 posted on 09/30/2006 9:55:17 PM PDT by Al Simmons (Finding God does not excuse you from using the analytical part of your brain... that He gave you....)
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To: Gargantua

Rest assured, your sentiments are noted.


938 posted on 09/30/2006 9:56:54 PM PDT by ml1954 (ID = Case closed....no further inquiry allowed...now move along.)
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To: Gargantua

Hey listen - at this point I'm just trying to get this bus to the 1000-post mark.....then we can all retire to fight another day.....


939 posted on 09/30/2006 9:56:56 PM PDT by Al Simmons (Finding God does not excuse you from using the analytical part of your brain... that He gave you....)
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To: js1138
You're projecting again...

PTBS

;-/

940 posted on 09/30/2006 10:00:21 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: ml1954
"Rest assured, your sentiments are noted."

Toss and turn, your one-way ticket is reserved.

Bring some SPF 80, n'kay?

;-/

941 posted on 09/30/2006 10:03:41 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: presently no screen name

I am still thinking about that comment of yours, but it makes about as much sense to me as this photo will to you....

942 posted on 09/30/2006 10:03:58 PM PDT by Al Simmons (Finding God does not excuse you from using the analytical part of your brain... that He gave you....)
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To: Gargantua

You have defined yourself as the gatekeeper. You have asserted your authority to judge the rest of us mortals.


943 posted on 09/30/2006 10:04:40 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: Al Simmons
...but can we retire to agree another day?

;-/

944 posted on 09/30/2006 10:06:27 PM PDT by Gargantua (For those who believe in God, no explanation is needed; for those who do not, no explanation exists.)
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To: js1138; Gargantua
"You have defined yourself as the gatekeeper. You have asserted your authority to judge the rest of us mortals."

No, no, no. Its NOT him.

My ex has that job all to herself....

See, what I've learned in life is this: people who set themselves up to judge who will 'go to hell' and who will 'go to heaven' are really just trying to divert attention from their own unacknowledged problems....

like, for example, psychotic violence, lying, perjury.....

oh NO - I'm not talking about HIM. I'm still talking about HER.

All clear now?

945 posted on 09/30/2006 10:09:09 PM PDT by Al Simmons (Finding God does not excuse you from using the analytical part of your brain... that He gave you....)
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To: Gargantua

I laugh at your of my presumption of my destiny, as does your God at your assumption of the fate of others. Beware your own fate.


946 posted on 09/30/2006 10:12:03 PM PDT by ml1954 (ID = Case closed....no further inquiry allowed...now move along.)
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To: js1138

Placemarker


947 posted on 09/30/2006 10:15:47 PM PDT by Jaguarbhzrd
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To: Al Simmons
Dude. Re-read that post. I was conveying some things that my psychotic (but Bible-thumping) ex would often scream.

Maybe she was just trying to get thru to you. Think?

948 posted on 09/30/2006 10:19:35 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: ml1954; Gargantua
You know, I am reminded of an expression so old, that frankly I had a little trouble understanding it when I first read a book by Theodore Roosevelt by that name:

"Fear God and do your own part."

It seems to me that those who freely presume to judge the faith (and fate) of others are not doing enough of the former nor of the latter.....

translation: flapping your gums is cheap - LIVE your faith, and you will attract others to it - FLAP, and you will incur derision....

949 posted on 09/30/2006 10:20:05 PM PDT by Al Simmons (Finding God does not excuse you from using the analytical part of your brain... that He gave you....)
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To: taxesareforever
"Maybe she was just trying to get thru to you. Think?"

Geee, you're a real comic....

I dunno.....I kinda thought that she was just trying to get arrested by the MPs so that she could never make full colonel....both of which she succeeded in doing....(but she's still a perfect Christian....)

950 posted on 09/30/2006 10:23:56 PM PDT by Al Simmons (Finding God does not excuse you from using the analytical part of your brain... that He gave you....)
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