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  • Obama Says Supporters Doing 'God's Work'

    02/25/2014 5:35:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2/25/14 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama thanked the group that used to be his reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, in event tonight in Washington. "The work you are doing is God's work," Obama told supporters.
  • Ancient Etruscan Prince Emerges From Tomb: Photos

    12/03/2013 9:10:36 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 18 replies
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | Sep 20, 2013 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Italian archaeologists have unearthed a 2,600-year-old intact Etruscan tomb that promises to reveal new depths of one of the ancient world’s most fascinating and mysterious cultures.
  • IS ALLAH, BAAL? Allah = Hubal = Baal

    09/21/2012 9:21:40 PM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 40 replies
    Blog thread, discussion ^ | 9/2005 | Jakko
    The Biblical and historical evidence shows that the Moabites worshiped Baal. The pre-Islamic and Muslim sources show (a) that the Meccans took over the idol Hubal from the Moabites and (b) that Allah and Hubal are actually identical. Thus, whether the Meccans are Ishmaelites or not, the evidence is still strong and sufficient to conclude that Muhammad's Allah is actually Hubal, i.e. the Baal of the Moabites and thus not the God of the Bible. Muhammad incorporated the characteristics and names of various other gods into his new monotheistic message about Allah, but he apparently started the construction of Allah...
  • Medieval plague victims unearthed in City of London square

    03/14/2013 10:10:16 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 14 March 2013 | Gwyn Topham
    Seven centuries after their demise, the skeletons of 12 plague victims have been unearthed in the City of London, a find which archaeologists believe to be just the tip of a long-lost Black Death mass burial ground. Arranged in careful rows, the bodies were discovered 2.5 metres below the ground in Charterhouse Square in works for a Crossrail tunnel shaft beside the future ticketing hall for Farringdon station. Tests are needed to confirm the skeletons' provenance, but the discovery should shed more light on life and death in 14th-century Britain and help scientists to understand how the plague mutated.
  • becoming a god [Mark Cares discusses official Lds view of becoming gods]

    02/22/2013 11:57:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Mark Cares' blog ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Mark Cares
    Over the years I have repeatedly discussed with LDS members Mormonism’s teaching about persons being able to become a god. The reactions have been varied. Some readily admit that this is LDS teaching and they wholeheartedly accept it. Most, however, try to qualify it and downplay it. They have done this in two different ways. The first is by saying that Mormonism teaches that they can become like God. They claim that even though LDS Scripture clearly says that people can become gods. The classic passage is D&C 132:20: “Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore...
  • The Reflections of Brigham Young on the Nature of Man and the State [What Mitt's profs taught him]

    07/05/2012 7:41:04 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 87 replies
    BYU Studies ^ | 1962 | J. Keith Melville
    The pre-mortal period is a period of organization, growth, and purposeful development...This organization of the spirits from the "intelligence" which is co-eternal with God is for the express purpose of exaltation, to become "Gods like himself..."... ...Brigham Young said:...The Lord has organized mankind for the purpose of increasing in that intelligence and truth...until he is capable of creating worlds on worlds, and becoming gods...Believing that "the power of choice of all intelligent inherit from the Gods of eternity...is innate."... ...Complete independence of action is an attribution of deity, and only those most valiant during their probation on earth who will...
  • “As man is God once was; as God is, man may become.” [Infamous couplet highlights Lds polytheism]

    03/10/2012 7:29:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Mark Cares Weblog ^ | March 8, 2012 | Mark Cares
    This Sunday, in Gospel Doctrine Class, the study is on 2 Nephi 31-33. One of the summary statements in the heading of chapter 31 says, “Eternal life comes to those who kept the commandments after baptism.” Since I posted about eternal life just a couple of months ago (see the post for 1-13-12) and there showed that the Bible says eternal life is the present possession of believers through faith, I thought I would, in this post, explore what Mormonism says about eternal life. I’m going to do that with quotes from the last chapter of their basic manual, Gospel...
  • How many Mormon Gods are there?

    01/09/2012 8:16:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    You Tube.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2012 | John Ankerberg
    How many Mormon Gods are there? From our series entitled, "Are Mormons Christians?":
  • Is every man "a God in embryo"? [Lds teaching]

    01/09/2012 8:11:32 PM PST · by Colofornian · 4 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2012 | John Ankerberg
    Did Brigham Young say that every man is "a God in embryo"? From our series entitled, "Are Mormons Christians?":
  • One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church

    12/20/2011 11:29:15 AM PST · by Colofornian · 129 replies
    Founded in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was initially perceived as a movement of polygamous, radical zealots; now in parts of the U.S. it has become synonymous with the establishment. In reevaluating its preoccupation with issues of church and state, Abanes uncovers the political agenda at Mormonism’s core: the transformation of the world into a theocratic kingdom under Mormon authority. This illustrated edition has been revised and offers a new postscript by the author.
  • Mormon Professors Confuse Doctrine and Rumor

    11/15/2011 6:08:15 AM PST · by Colofornian · 77 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Nov. 14, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    If I want to know what Mormonism teaches about human beings becoming Gods and creating worlds, should I ask a Mormon? Last month (October 2011) New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd asked the planet question of two Mormons: Richard Bushman, the Visiting Professor in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and Kent P. Jackson, associate dean of religion at Brigham Young University. Dr. Bushman called the idea of devout Mormons having their own planets in eternity “Mormon lore” that stems from the Mormon belief that humans can become like God. He suggested that if Mormons can become like God, they...
  • 5 questions answered about Parley P. Pratt

    11/06/2011 8:30:24 AM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 30, 2011 | Kurt Manwaring
    The life of Parley P. Pratt is inextricably linked with the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow shed additional light on Pratt’s life and his influence on the early history of the LDS Church in their new biography, “Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism.” The contents of the book, along with a recent lecture by the authors at Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City, provide answers to many questions about Pratt, including the following: SNIP What was the nature of Pratt’s relationship with Joseph Smith?Pratt revered...
  • 2,000-Year-Old Priestly Burial Box Is Real, Archaeologists Say

    06/29/2011 11:05:58 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 10 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | June 29, 2011 | Foxnews.com
    JERUSALEM – Israeli scholars say they have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box bearing the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas of the New Testament. The ossuary bears an inscription with the name "Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri." To confirm the authenticity of the ossuary, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), who discovered the ancient burial box turned to Dr. Boaz Zissu of the Department of the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology of Bar Ilan University and Professor Yuval Goren of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient...
  • U.S. Not on God’s Side: Helen Thomas on America‘s ’Attitude’ in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    02/15/2011 7:13:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    the blaze ^ | 2/15/11
    Helen Thomas waxing poetic on Israel...
  • Do the Mormon Gods Belong to Multiple Godheads?

    12/28/2010 2:27:06 PM PST · by Colofornian · 64 replies · 6+ views
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | April 29, 2010 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    If God the Father has a Father, and if the concept of “Godhead” isn’t infinitely expandable to include all Gods, then our Father belongs to two Godheads, one of which Jesus is not a part of. If God the Father does have a Father, and if the Godhead is infinitely inclusive of all exalted Gods, then the Godhead that is “one” is potentially comprised of an infinite number of Gods. Also, if Jesus becomes a Heavenly Father with his own “Firstborn Son”, and if the concept of “Godhead” isn’t infinitely inclusive of all Gods, then Jesus will belong to a...
  • The Journey to El Norte

    12/14/2010 6:24:23 PM PST · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    Archaeology ^ | December 14, 2010 | Heather Pringle
    In a sweltering June morning, Jason De Leon shrugs off his pack in a rugged gorge in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest. He hunches down over a scattering of water bottles, checking for dates, and asks a student to take the site’s GPS coordinates. Above his head, along the rock face, travelers have transformed a small, secluded hollow into a shrine lined with offerings: rosaries, crucifixes, candles, scapulars, and small pictures of saints, each bearing a printed prayer in Spanish. “Take care of me in dangerous places,” reads one card. “Protect me from thieves and in evil times,” entreats another. Nearby,...
  • Mormon (Latter Day Saints) Beliefs Differ From Orthodox Christianity

    12/01/2010 1:09:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 345 replies · 1+ views
    Blanco County News (TX) ^ | Nov. 24, 2010 | Rev. Dr. Bobby W. Leggett
    Mormons have written several articles in the Blanco News and many people have asked me to explain what Mormons believe. Understanding what our religious neighbors believe is enlightening and helps us to be better neighbors to them. Mormons number eleven million plus and are one of the few religious groups that are increasing in America. Some of the apparent differences in what Orthodox Christianity and LDS believe have to do with God, Jesus, and our scriptures. The only authority for Orthodox Christians is the Bible, Old and New Testaments. The LDS church beliefs are found in the “Book of Mormon,”...
  • Dan Peterson: Exploring 'gods' scriptures

    08/21/2010 1:21:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 107 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Aug. 19, 2010 | Dan Peterson
    "Ye are gods." Since almost their beginning, Latter-day Saints have used this phrase, quoted by Jesus in John 10:34 from its original setting in Psalm 82:6, as biblical evidence to support their doctrine of exaltation, which holds that humans are gods in embryo. Critics of the Latter-day Saints have countered, though, that Mormons misunderstand and misuse the Bible on this point. Who is right? In order to answer this question, it's necessary to examine each of the passages separately. In John 10, Jesus is about to be stoned to death for blasphemy because, though he is human, he seems to...
  • Mormon lifestyles and religious differences

    07/16/2010 3:21:49 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 269 replies · 2+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 15, 2010 | Clayton Christensen
    Are all religions essentially really the same? Or do they differ substantially one from another?It depends upon the dimension of the religion we're examining. ...As a Mormon living in a predominantly Catholic and mainstream Protestant community, let me make some general observations. Most of my friends who belong to these churches believe that if they merit heaven in the afterlife, they will enjoy there the companionship of their families, just as they have on this earth - even though their churches explicitly teach that this is will not be the case...Cafeteria-style, many choose which of their church's teachings they will...
  • Gods of Government (featuring 'teleprompter jesus') exceptional video

    04/08/2010 11:35:22 AM PDT · by mumblinbuffalo · 1 replies · 312+ views
    JoeDanMedia ^ | April 8, 2010 | Joe Dan
    This needs to be cranked and shared----cuz it rocks.  Very very well done.  I think most of you will love this. "We will not allow a corrupt political machine to dictate out future"GODS OF GOVERNMENT
  • Scripture in depth: Moses 2:26

    03/11/2010 6:49:14 AM PST · by Colofornian · 101 replies · 1,005+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 10, 2010 | Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
    "And I, God, said unto mine Only Begotten, which was with me from the beginning: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." (Moses 2:26) The plural form of the expression "Let us make man" has long been an interpretive problem for commentators looking at the Old Testament through the lens of strict monotheism. Such scholars often explain the phrase by way of analogy to the "royal we" used by a king or queen in self-reference; however, this does not explain why it occurs only in the early chapters of Genesis and nowhere else. A view consistent with...
  • GOD'S WILL NOT OUR INTENTIONS !

    02/25/2010 5:13:07 PM PST · by Jedediah · 8 replies · 270+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | scribed by Jedediah
    My love for you is tremendous so remember all you do in my name and for the purposes of my will alone , void of all your intentions shall be fulfilled in the timing of my kingdom in an eternal manner for I reign supreme and it is in the acceptance of this knowledge that you enter my gates and abide in my presence . And it is this that surrounds you as you abide in my will . Thus I shall never leave you or forsake you as you remain in me and my favor ! Joshua 15:23 (...
  • Then Shall They Be Gods [Mormonism]

    01/21/2010 2:05:00 PM PST · by Colofornian · 70 replies · 1,404+ views
    It is urgent to witness to Mormons because they worship a false god. To many Christians this sounds like an extreme position; after all Mormons profess faith in Jesus Christ and have incorporated his name into the name of their church. Yet the majority of LDS doctrine contradicts the truth of the Bible. There are few simple comparisons of doctrine that illustrate the great gulf between Mormonism and Christianity more clearly than the LDS doctrine of godhood. This doctrine states that the LDS god was once a man and that if a Mormon is faithful to the LDS church he...
  • GOD's PENDULUM Part Two [Charasmatic Caucus]

    12/09/2009 5:24:56 PM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies · 189+ views
    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Vision : God’s Pendulum of Perfect Harmony and Time , But Are you in his time or Yours?? ! ! Today the Lord showed Me A huge Pendulum swinging by Me and Told to jump and hold onto it tightly . My pendulum swings for you , When it comes by what will you do ? For in it's moment is My timing , Will you reach out and grab it in time with its swing ? For it moves in rhythm with My kingdom , And its pulse with My heart of things to be...
  • I AM I AM [Charismatic Caucus]

    12/01/2009 6:03:15 PM PST · by Jedediah · 32 replies · 873+ views
    I AM much greater than anything that can be placed on a throne . The way that I AM is much greater than the eye can conceive in itself for it must gather light and a reflection is posed and focused yet as " The Ancient of Days " how can it truly catch something eternal and timeless for I am within myself alone yet constantly expanding . So do not try to piece me together but enjoy me as God Almighty and remember it is my love alone that holds , creates , moves and shapes in an eternal...
  • A GREAT EXPLOSION OF PURITY IS ABOUT TO COME \O/ HALLELUJAH

    09/14/2009 4:51:57 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 24 replies · 1,581+ views
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jesus the author and finisher
    A great explosion of purity is about to come , But "not" as before(as Katrina) ,something straight from my kingdom , The heavenlies are about to applaud , I AM The Lord behold I alone am God ! Yet for my children of my rod and staff , They shall rest in my bossom of Zion and laugh , For the Joy of The Lord is their strength , And these are my children of victiory that have gone the full length , Obedience to me has become their rod , My staff is their com(fort) for I AM their...
  • Divine Companion: Teaching by the Spirit

    07/07/2009 8:38:25 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies · 402+ views
    Church News: (LDS) ^ | July 4, 2009 | Shaun D. Stahl
    "My assignment tonight is to address the very broad subject of the role of the Holy Ghost in missionary work, with special emphasis on 'teaching by the Spirit,' " said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve, speaking to nearly 600 missionaries in the Provo Missionary Training Center, and another 100 mission presidents and their wives attending the 2009 New Mission Presidents Seminar, June 26. Nearly 600 missionaries at the Provo MTC assemble to hear Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who welcomed them to the "work of angels." "I have entitled these remarks 'The Divine Companionship,' " he...
  • Mediaeval 'vampire' skull found near Venice

    03/08/2009 5:13:24 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 25 replies · 1,724+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8 Mar 2009 | Nick Squires
    The remains of a woman's skull with a rock thrust into its jaws is evidence of the mediaeval fear of vampires, Italian anthropologists have claimed. Scientists found the skull, with its mouth agape and a large slab of rock forced into its mouth, while excavating a mass grave dating from the Middle Ages on an island near Venice. Female "vampires" were often blamed for spreading the plague epidemics through Europe, said Matteo Borrini of Florence University. Wedging a rock or brick into the mouth of a suspected vampire was a way of preventing the person from feeding on the bodies...
  • Archaeology and the Book of Exodus: Exit From Egypt

    07/19/2008 4:45:07 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 26 replies · 167+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | Spring 1998 | Mario Seigle
    Archaeology and the Book of Exodus: Exit From Egypt Archaeologists have made many significant discoveries that make the book of Exodus and the Israelistes' time in Egypt come alive. by Mario Seiglie In earlier issues, The Good News examined several archaeological finds that illuminate portions of the book of Genesis. In this issue we continue our exploration of discoveries that illuminate the biblical accounts, focusing on Exodus, the second book of the Bible.Exodus in English derives from the Latin and means simply "to exit." The book of Exodus describes the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, an event distinguished by...
  • Obama considers Cheney 'wise'

    04/16/2008 7:09:27 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 15 replies · 90+ views
    Obama considers Cheney 'wise' TRIBUNE-REVIEW By-Salena Zito When asked how he would work with the former presidents if he were elected, Sen. Barack Obama said that he would be more apt to seek the council of President George H W. Bush than his son, President George W. Bush. Obama said he considers the elder Bush's foreign policy "wise." Interesting. Wasn’t it Dick Cheney who served as the secretary of defense from March 1989 to January 1993 under President George H.W. Bush? And didn’t Cheney direct the United States' invasion of Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East?
  • OOPARTS (Out of Place Artifacts)

    08/01/2007 3:28:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 3,495+ views
    What If? ^ | Unknown
    Ooparts ? What are Ooparts? That stands for Out of Place Artifacts. Things that show up where they shouldn't, a piece of gold chain found in a coal seam, what appears to be a sparkplug embedded in rock that is thousands of years old and what appears to be a bullet hole in the skull of a mastodon. These things are ooparts. A Gold Thread Workmen quarrying stone near the River Tweed below Rutherford, Scotland in 1844, found a piece of gold thread embedded in the rock of the quarry eight feet below ground level. A small piece of the...
  • Where Ancient Gods And Royalty Walked

    06/02/2007 4:55:02 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 686+ views
    The Star ^ | 5-31-2007 | John Goddard
    Where ancient gods and royalty walkedJOHN GODDARD/TORONTO STAR Nomadic tribesmen pass the royal burial grounds of ancient Meroe, an area dear to the Royal Ontario Museum's Krzysztof Grzymski. Key ROM archeologist uncovers `the daily life' of mighty kingdoms that ruled Nubian world May 31, 2007 04:30 AM John Goddard staff reporter MEROE, SUDAN–More royal pyramids stand in the deserts of northern Sudan than in all of Egypt. For 3,000 years, a succession of African civilizations rose and fell along the Nile River in ancient Nubia, at one point expanding north to the Mediterranean Sea. Relatively little is known about these...
  • Wollemi Find An Aboriginal Seat Of The Gods

    04/20/2007 11:02:59 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 655+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 4-21-1007 | James Woodford
    Wollemi find an Aboriginal seat of the gods James Woodford April 21, 2007 A ROCK platform in the heart of the Wollemi wilderness may be the closest thing Australia has to Mount Olympus, the seat of the gods in Greek mythology. Last spring archaeologists discovered an enormous slab of sandstone, 100 metres long and 50 metres wide, in the 500,000-hectare Wollemi National Park. It was covered in ancient art. The gallery depicted an unprecedented collection of powerful ancestral beings from Aboriginal mythology. Last week the archaeologists who found the platform, Dr Matthew Kelleher and Michael Jackson, returned with a rock...
  • Maya civilization collapsed upon learning kings weren't gods

    08/26/2006 5:15:03 PM PDT · by Bangupjob · 89 replies · 2,288+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 26 August 2006 | Staff
    Madrid, Aug 26 (EFE).- The decline of the Maya civilization began some 1,100 year ago when millions of Indians working on the contruction of tall pyramidal temples and palaces learned that their kings weren't gods, Spanish anthropologist Andres Ciudad told EFE. The collapse of this culture with its brilliant mathematicians, astronomers and engineers, came when monarchs stopped being immortal in the eyes of their subjects, said Ciudad, who is deputy dean of the Faculty of Geography and History at Madrid's Universidad Complutense. The inhabitants of Mayan lands, which extended through much of what is now Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras...
  • Greek Gods And Those Who Doubted Them

    11/14/2005 1:54:01 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 902+ views
    Redlands Daily Facts ^ | 11-14-2005 | Gregory Elder
    Greek gods and those who doubted them Gregory Elder For the Daily Facts It was a bad day in the year 406 B.C. Euripides, an elderly playwright, was wandering around the palace, skulking in his gloom. For decades he had dedicated himself to the theater and written and directed more than 90 plays, performed before thousands of people. Yet for all his pains, he had won prizes for only three of his dramas, a minuscule number compared to his rivals Sophocles and Aeschylus. More than once, he had been held up to public ridicule by the tart-tongued comedian Aristophanes. In...
  • Vanity: New episode of "ROME" on HBO-HD tonight (Episode 9: UTICA)-GGG Ping!

    10/30/2005 5:31:07 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 24 replies · 1,326+ views
    HBO ^ | 30 OCT 05 | dcbryan1
    Episode 9: Utica With Scipio and Cato defeated, Caesar returns home to a hero's welcome. Vorenus and Pullo's showdown with local thug Erastes gets an unexpected reprieve from Caesar. Servilia's plan to use Octavia to unearth a secret about Caesar backfires. Don't miss the all new episode "Utica", Sunday, October 30th at 9PM ET.
  • No Other God

    09/11/2005 7:55:58 AM PDT · by SvdByFaith · 3 replies · 265+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 9/11/2005 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    "And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:1-3). This commandment is probably the most basically important of all, because it was the first of God's Ten Commandments given long ago on Mount Sinai. Jesus also said that total love for God was "the first and great commandment" (Matthew 22:38). This date, now known popularly simply as "9/11" has been called Patriot Day, and there should be no doubt that...
  • 'Ancient' boat expedition hits trouble

    09/09/2005 8:28:22 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 25 replies · 1,179+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 8, 2005 - 5:25PM | SMH
    A bid by an Australian archaeologist and other sailors to recreate an ancient voyage in a traditional reed boat has struck trouble in the Arabian Sea. Nautical archaeologist Dr Tom Vosmer and seven other sailors had set off from Oman for a two-week voyage in the Magan, a 12-metre-long sailing boat made of reeds, rope and wood, but capsized within hours. "Water leaked into the Magan causing it to capsize, but a support ship from the Omani royal navy accompanying the boat intervened and rescued the sailors," a source from Oman's culture and national heritage ministry which organised the trip...
  • Zoroastrianism - Religion of the Persian Empire

    06/25/2005 8:31:30 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 29 replies · 1,635+ views
    MB Faith ^ | 6/25/05 | MB Faith
    During the 7th and 6th centuries BC the ancient polytheistic religion of the Iranians was reformed and given new dimensions by the prophet Zoroaster (or Zarathusthra). Zoroaster's life dates have been traditionally given as (c. 628 - 551 BC), but many scholars argue for earlier dates. Linguistic evidence suggests that he was born in northeastern Iran, but the prophet's message was to spread throughout the Persian Empire. Adopted as the faith of the Persian kings, Zoroastrianism became the official religion of the Achaemenid empire and flourished under its successors, the Parthian and Sassanian empires. Its theology and cosmology may have...
  • Remains of Roman Bathhouse Unearthed

    04/28/2005 9:47:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 950+ views
    East Anglian Daily Times ^ | April 27, 2005 | Ted Jeory
    THE rich Roman heritage of Britain's oldest recorded town has been enhanced by the discovery of a “beautifully preserved” room from a bathhouse. A single 2,000-year-old room was discovered beneath Colchester Sixth Form College during work to build a fire access road near the college's information technology block. A leading archaeologist said yesterday it was one of the finest finds of its kind. The room from the bathhouse may now be preserved as an attraction. Philip Crummy, of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, said he and colleagues had been on a “watching brief” as work at the college was carried out....
  • Were Cavemen Painting For Their Gods?

    03/06/2005 3:20:58 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies · 4,470+ views
    Were cavemen painting for their gods? (Filed: 23/02/2005) The meaning of Ice Age art has been endlessly debated, but evidence is increasing that some was religiously motivated, says Paul Bahn At least 70,000 years ago, our ancestors began to adorn their bodies with beads, pendants and perhaps tattoos; by 35,000 years ago, they had begun to paint and engrave animals, people and abstract motifs on cave walls, like those in Lascaux, France, and Altamira in Spain. They sculpted voluptuous figurines in ivory or stone, such as the Venus of Willendorf. Underestimating art: 35,000 years ago, our ancestors began painting representations...
  • Some essays that may be of interest to you.

    Ignoring Details, lies, and distractions By Amin Emilio Aun Joven   I like the line from the movie Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace; the one where Qui Gon Jin says to the chosen one: “Live in the moment…your focus determines your reality.” What he meant by that is to block out bullshit you have to focus on what is relevant to your immediate goals. You’ve all heard the famous saying “the devil is in the details.” Well if that’s true then where oh where are the angels, gods, and heavens? Very simple, let me answer this question...
  • Does The Vatican Have A Duty To Declare One Roman Catholic Church in China?

    03/10/2004 4:47:28 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 12 replies · 715+ views
    Two of the three documents/articles below were prepared within The Vatican. The first document/article focuses on the present day China's persecution of the Roman Catholic Church in China ( commonly referred to as China's "underground Catholic Church"). The second document/article quotes Cardinal Etchegaray, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He has frequently served as the Pope's diplomatic envoy. On 03 October 2003, he publicly denied the existence of a divide between the underground and Chinese government-recognized 'patriotic' Catholic Church. "There is only one Church with two faces," he said. "There is not one 'patriotic' Church and...
  • Saudis Blame God's Will As 300 Pilgrims Crushed To Death At Haj

    02/01/2004 5:00:33 PM PST · by blam · 42 replies · 354+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 2-2-2003 | Robert Fisk
    Saudis blame God's will as 300 pilgrims crushed to death in Haj By Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent 02 February 2004 Yet another tragedy befell the Islamic haj pilgrimage yesterday when up to 300 pilgrims were crushed and trampled to death while stoning the three pillars at Mina which millions of Muslims regard as the impersonation of Satan. It is almost as routine as the haj itself. Seven years ago, the death toll at Mecca was 402 - largely caused by violence between Saudi security forces and Iranians - and three years later it was an extraordinary 1,426. In 1994,...
  • 'Gods and Generals' ... and an angry Mayor Dow

    10/13/2003 7:07:18 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 256 replies · 472+ views
    Mobile Register ^ | 10/13/03 | Jim Van Anglen
    When George Ewert , director of the Museum of Mobile, wrote a stinging movie review of the Civil War film "Gods and Generals," he likely did not expect an equally harsh critique from Mayor Mike Dow . Ewert's review, "Whitewashing the Confederacy (SPLC link)," was not kind to the Ted Turner film."'Gods and Generals' is part of a growing movement that seeks to rewrite the history of the American South, downplaying slavery and the economic system that it sustained. In museums, schools and city council chambers, white neo-Confederates are hard at work in an effort to have popular memory trump...
  • Man's revisions of God's church (Cal Thomas)

    08/08/2003 6:25:10 AM PDT · by bedolido · 24 replies · 331+ views
    Tribune Media Services ^ | 08/08/03 | Cal Thomas
    <p>An Episcopalian friend of mine, reacting to the elevation of an openly homosexual priest to the office of bishop, said to me: "If you're a heterosexual clergyman and you're having sex outside marriage, you can be expelled. But if you're a homosexual clergyman having sex outside marriage, they rejoice."</p> <p>Most denominations that call themselves Christian take the Bible as their text for spiritual and relational instruction. Some in the Episcopal Church take a liberal view of the Bible, just as some do of the U.S. Constitution -- it must be constantly updated to suit cultural trends. This view lends itself to constant misinterpretation and confusion. Eventually, it leads to religious or political heresy.</p>
  • Civil War re-enactor finds notoriety with his reel face

    07/17/2003 6:31:14 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 43 replies · 550+ views
    Daily Record ^ | July 17, 2003 | CARYL CLARKE
    Earl Salisbury, a 44-year-old Civil War re-enactor from Goldsboro, picked up one of the first copies of "Gods and Generals" released on DVD Tuesday and found himself on the cover. "Right, smack, dab in the center," Salisbury said. "I almost fell over dead. I'm the tall, skinny guy with stripes on his arm."He said he had obtained the schedule for the filming of "Gods and Generals." He and a fellow re-enactor, his 21-year-old son, William, started going to the film shoots calling for Confederate soldiers. From summer to December 2001, they camped or stayed in hotels in Staunton, Va.; Hagerstown,...
  • Federal Gods

    07/12/2003 1:54:29 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 24 replies · 568+ views
    prisonplanet.com ^ | 7.11.03 | Al Lorentz
    I have long contended that our socialist system of government is in fact nothing but a renovation of the ancient system of aristocracy. Whenever you have different rules and punishment for people based upon their status, in this case the status of being a government employee, you have injustice (although the ones receiving the preferential treatment would of course argue against you). A good example of this has occurred recently in Oklahoma City where John Carl Marquez was arrested for suspicion of beating his wife and faces a year in prison and a fine. During the arrest, the man also...
  • 'Gods and Generals' boldly scorns 'Uncle Tom's Cabin Syndrome'

    03/05/2003 8:15:27 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 112 replies · 1,270+ views
    Fredericksburg.com ^ | 3-5-2003 | Dave Smalley
    THE RECENT theatrical release of "Gods and Generals" marks a rare triumph for the modern film industry. The successful transition from book to silver screen is noteworthy not just for its cinematic virtues--which are plentiful--but for its fair presentation of the Confederate perspective in the War Between the States. It's about time. Since Harriet Beecher Stowe's powerful but inflammatory work in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1851, it has long been de rigueur in some circles to demonize Southerners as cruel, whip-flicking overseers, intent on preserving the institution of slavery. The film industry has all too often gleefully contributed to stereotypes...
  • Film romanticizes the Confederacy

    03/05/2003 7:57:49 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 305 replies · 501+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat ^ | 5-March-2003 | Issac J. Bailey
    I squirmed for almost four hours watching "Gods and Generals," the latest film about the Civil War.I was unnerved as two of the South's most recognizable figures, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson, were portrayed as though they were flawless.Their words were poetic. Their love of God evident with every breath.But I'm having a hard time determining if my squirminess resulted from the blind spots of the director - who skimmed over the issue of slavery as though it were nothing more than background noise - or if it was because I wasn't mature enough to allow myself...