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  • Making Catholicism Countercultural and Supernatural Again

    04/08/2015 9:41:58 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 5 replies
    Countercultural Christianity and the need of the supernaturalNot too long ago I had the pleasure to read a series of three articles that grabbed my attention, and which allowed me to formulate a series of thoughts regarding the need of what is known as “Countercultural Christianity” and furthermore of making Christianity “strange” again. All of this simply implies the need of bringing back the supernatural elements of Christianity.Two articles that I read on these specific subjects were both written by Rod Dreher a senior editor for The American Conservative. The first article is called Christian and Countercultural and the second...
  • It Follows is the scariest American horror movie in years

    03/13/2015 10:54:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    Vox ^ | March 13, 2015 | Todd VanDerWerff
    ... The central conceit of It Follows, the excellent new horror film from director David Robert Mitchell, sounds eerie the first time you hear it, but it only gets more frightening every time you think about it. And the movie goes out of its way to give you reasons to think about just how horrifying it would be for this to play out in real life ... It Follows is a movie about a curse. While you're cursed, you will be stalked, mercilessly, by an entity that can take any form — including that of someone you love — and...
  • Why Christians Should Love Halloween

    10/29/2014 8:59:37 AM PDT · by millegan · 44 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Frank Weathers says he’s done apologizing for Halloween. I’m way ahead of him. I never started. Halloween is a great holiday! I think it’s ridiculous that so many people think they’re pious for boycotting what should be a wonderful spiritual and evangelical opportunity. Plus, a lot of fun. Here’s what I love about Halloween:
  • Have you ever seen a miracle?

    06/14/2014 9:23:22 PM PDT · by MNDude · 97 replies
    I believe in miracles (as in the Biblical sense), but I don't think I can say I've actually ever witnessed one. I'm curious if anyone here feels they've ever seen a real one before. If so, what is your miracle story?
  • The Two Kinds of Faith

    01/31/2014 2:06:06 PM PST · by James R. Aist · 76 replies
    The Christian Post iPost ^ | January 31, 2014 | James R. Aist
    Several years ago I heard someone make the statement that "To help someone accept Christ, just show them that they already use faith in their everyday life, and explain to them that all they have to do is use the same faith to believe in Jesus." Well, I didn't know why at first, but that statement just didn't seem to ring true, especially in light of what the Bible actually says about faith. So, I began to search it out more carefully, and that's how I came to realize that there are actually two kinds of faith, and that they...
  • The Catholic Battle: Do you believe in the supernatural?

    01/30/2014 1:41:16 PM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 18 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/30/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    “OMG! Call Sam and Dean Winchester!”, was the comment on a YouTube video about the Illuminati and the music business. I thought this was funny! I watch the CW show “Supernatural”, where the Winchester brothers fight evil monsters and demons with the help of sometimes flawed angels. But we all know that demons (and the Illuminati) are not real, don't we? Many news services are beginning to rethink that. A story is circulating through the news outlets about a haunting and possession in Gary Indiana. The report tells of an single mother and two of her children who have been...
  • Mormonism, Goose Bumps and the Great Falling Away [Lds chase the supernatural above its God]

    10/30/2013 5:02:50 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    JenniferLeClaire.org ^ | Sept. 21, 2012 | Jennifer LeClaire
    I was once married to a bona fide, white-shirt-and-tie, bike-riding, garment-wearing Mormon missionary. And not just any Mormon missionary—a master soul-winner for this Christianesque cult. Of course, I had no idea when I met him that he was even a Mormon. All I knew was he had just returned from a two-year mission to Europe, he never said an unkind word about anybody and he had a sweet heart. He seemed righteous enough—more righteous than me. But I wasn’t born-again and I didn’t know the difference between a false religion that incorporated Jesus into the mix and true Christianity. My...
  • The 12th Demon

    I don’t get the fantasy subgenre of paranormal/supernatural fiction’s obsession with vampires and werewolves. It’s always been around, but has exploded in recent years and now commands whole sections of bookstores. Then, I guess, there are people who don’t get people like me who like epic fantasy like Tolkien, Lewis or Terry Brooks. Nonetheless. So here comes Bruce Hennigan’s The 12th Demon: Mark of the Wolf Dragon, which is a pleasant departure from high school age vampires who are all starting to look and act a lot alike.
  • Ouija Board Helps Psychologists Probe the Subconscious

    07/09/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 7/5/12 | Clare Wilson
    Beloved of spiritualists and bored teenagers on a dare, the Ouija board has long been a source of entertainment, mystery and sometimes downright spookiness. Now it could shine a light on the secrets of the unconscious mind. The Ouija, also known as a talking board, is a wooden plaque marked with the words, "yes", "no" and the letters of the alphabet. Typically a group of users place their hands on a movable pointer , or "planchette", and ask questions out loud. Sometimes the planchette signals an answer, even when no one admits to moving it deliberately. Believers think the answer...
  • Ex-FBI employee claims she saw angels at Flight 93

    07/03/2012 9:03:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 3, 2012 | JOE MANDAK
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former FBI employee who retired due to post-traumatic stress disorder linked to time spent as a liaison between law enforcement and families of United Airlines Flight 93 victims has written a book about seeing legions of angels guarding the site after the hijacked airliner crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. Lillie Leonardi was a Pittsburgh-area police officer before working for the FBI.
  • City Official Consults Ouija Board Before Vote

    05/24/2012 11:06:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle
    City official consults Ouija board before vote SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/KnVnbu ) that he believes he made contact with Milk's spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: "Good riddance to don't ask, don't tell." The Board of Supervisors approved the non-binding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote. Milk was a city supervisor and former naval officer. He was fatally shot in...
  • Poltergeist Plagues Family Home

    03/07/2012 4:37:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Sunderland Echo ^ | Wednesday 7 March 2012
    SPOOKY goings-on at a Hendon house are scaring the living daylights out of a mum and her six children. Marie Williams believes that spirits are haunting her home, trashing rooms, causing sulphurous smells, opening and closing curtains, throwing objects around and even scratching her. Paranormal experts have all recorded unexplained activity in the Victorian home, in Toward Road, but say the spirits are too strong for them to remove. Marie, 34, is now pleading for help or else she feels she will be forced to move house. In the past year, the incidents have escalated from hearing footsteps when no...
  • Magic News: Witch Casts Spell Over Court?

    05/18/2011 7:59:04 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 12 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 19, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Eilish De Avalon, my local town witch, is appealing against driving convictions. In her view she is “not subject to earthly laws” because she is “from another world.” Point taken. The report was written by Eilish De Avalon, according to News Limited.
  • M'sian Bomohs Catch 12 More Spirits (Djinns)

    10/11/2010 2:41:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Asia One ^ | Mon, Oct 11, 2010
    Three healers from Terengganu Islamic Foundation (YIT) claim they captured 12 more djinns from the house of Siti Balqis Mohd Nor after she disappeared again on Saturday night. Her family thought her ordeal was over when two bomoh captured nine djinns on Friday and put them in sealed containers. Yesterday, however, the 22-year-old, who is the eldest of four children, claimed she was whisked away to a cave about 15km from her home in Kampung Gong Nangka here. She mysteriously disappeared at 7.30pm, minutes before state religious and information committee chairman Khazan Che Mat, YIT director Kamarul Al Amin Ismail...
  • The Wonderful Unscientific Teachings of Christianity

    02/28/2009 9:10:53 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 28 replies · 685+ views
    AiG ^ | February 26, 2009 | Dr. Kevin Anderson
    ... Unfortunately, many theologians have decided that claims made by the majority of scientists represent scientific “facts.” In turn, these “facts” represent ultimate truth, which must then be used to understand biblical teachings. However, the Bible contains numerous claims and events that are not going to be popularly accepted as “scientific.” Are these claims now unacceptable to Christians? Scripture records the occurrence of numerous miracles performed by God. By definition, a miracle is an event not explainable by natural processes. Otherwise, it would hardly constitute a miracle. Are these miracles going to be accepted as “scientific?” What do these theologians...
  • FACES IN THE SMOKE: The Fallen Angels of 911 (video)

    04/16/2007 7:46:58 PM PDT · by Mumtri · 49 replies · 2,342+ views
    youtube ^ | Youtube
    A video of the 911 attacks and some of the supposed demonic faces seen in the smoke. I don't believe it is really manifestations of "fallen angels" (although I guess it could be), but it was fascinating and I thought some people might be interested just for entertainment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRocVVDvoIs
  • The Miracle and Mystery of Jewish History

    12/15/2006 9:11:04 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 16 replies · 349+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/15/'06 | Rabbi David Aaron
    Chanukah reminds us that Judaism sees everything as a miracle. But Hellenism saw nothing as a miracle. To the Greeks, a miracle was an absurdity. To them, only what was reasonable, logical, and rational could be real. Miracles were illogical and, therefore, not possible. The Greeks could never see the light of Chanukah, the light of miracles, because they only believed in the light of logic and reason. According to the Greeks, the world always existed, it never was created. History is an inevitable process — the present and the future are linked to the past and are the necessary...
  • What about Halloween?

    10/13/2006 3:05:58 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 13 replies · 819+ views
    http://answers.org/issues/halloween.html ^ | Bob and Gretchen Passantino
    Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year -- when satanists and witches snatch children off the streets and sacrifice them in Satan's name!Halloween is nothing but a secular time of fun and games -- an excuse for the kids to dress up and overload on sugar!These are only two of the comments Christians hear during October. There are many things about celebrating Halloween with which Christians are uncomfortable, such as images of ghosts, devils, and witches; and rumors of satanic rituals involving criminal and anti-Christian activities. However, most adults also have fond memories of childhood trick-or-treating and dressing...
  • Beware of Sheep Droppings

    07/16/2006 9:22:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 1,100+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | DAVE BARRY
    Beware of sheep droppings BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on June 16, 1996.) Call me paranoid, but my first reaction, upon learning about the dead sheep being found in treetops in New Zealand, was that something unusual was going on. I found out about this thanks to alert reader Steven Moe, who sent me an article from The Press of Christchurch, concerning ''the discovery of several dead sheep high in the trees of Tunnicliffe Forest.'' Right away, I said to myself, ''Hmm.'' I base this statement on the well-known fact that sheep are not...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....04-20-06....Fairy Tales

    04/19/2006 9:50:11 PM PDT · by DollyCali · 185 replies · 1,846+ views
    DollyCali | April 20, 2006 | dollycali;
    <p>Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.</p>
  • Review of (Film) A Distant Thunder (12/14/2005)

    02/20/2006 9:54:16 AM PST · by topher · 23 replies · 1,081+ views
    Renew America ^ | December 14, 2005 | Renew America Staff
    Review of A Distant Thunder Film takes a provocative look at the moral implications of partial-birth abortion December 14, 2005 RenewAmerica staff Disney producer Jonathan Flora's new film, A Distant Thunder, is a must-see for anyone interested in the subject of partial-birth abortion. Reminiscent of supernatural thrillers by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village) and reflecting the best in cinematic courtroom and horror dramas, A Distant Thunder takes viewers through a maze of disturbing hints, twists, symbols, and flashbacks until at the end they are stunned and surprised at what they've been watching. With first-rate acting by...
  • Prof. Seeks Truth Behind Legendary Lights (Brown Mountain NC)

    07/12/2005 1:36:28 PM PDT · by jb6 · 11 replies · 780+ views
    Red Nova ^ | Saturday, 9 July 2005
    LINVILLE FALLS, N.C. - A full moon illuminates Linville Gorge, painting the river below in a pale, hazy glow. It's quite a view, though hardly the clear one Dan Caton had hoped for. Caton carefully scans the surrounding trees and studies the horizon over the low-lying ridge of Brown Mountain, trying to catch a glimpse of a spooky ball of light or a fleeting sparkle in the darkness. The Appalachian State University physics and astronomy professor is chasing the elusive Brown Mountain Lights, a legend that has lured tourists for decades. But in 20 visits over the years, Caton has...
  • Movie "Constantine" thread

    04/02/2005 11:33:21 PM PST · by I_dmc · 10 replies · 616+ views
    Hollywood Jesus web site ^ | February 16, 2005 | Various
    Synopsis: John Constantine has been to hell and back. Born with a gift he didn’t want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine (KEANU REEVES) was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now, marked as an attempted suicide with a temporary lease on life, he patrols the earthly border between heaven and hell, hoping in vain to earn his way to salvation by...
  • Vampire takes a bite out of Brum

    01/17/2005 4:10:51 AM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 14 replies · 4,156+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 01-17-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
    Urban myths have occasionally been known to nudge the boundaries of credibility, but the people of Birmingham are finding it difficult to laugh off the possibility that a vampire could be lurking in their city.
  • Flying pig payout promised

    12/03/2004 9:11:35 AM PST · by presidio9 · 90 replies · 1,790+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri, Dec 03, 2004 | Sven Nordenstam
    A sworn enemy of superstition, Canadian-born magician James Randi has thrown down the gauntlet to mystics, promising a million dollars to anyone who can prove supernatural powers or a phenomenon beyond the reach of science. An arch-sceptic who demonstrates with his own sleight of hand how easily it is to dupe the gullible into mistaking trickery for the supernatural, the bearded 76-year-old has written nine books and lectured at the White House, NASA (news - web sites) and several top U.S. universities. The million-dollar "paranormal challenge" lends publicity to Randi's life-long mission. His pursuit of scepticism was sparked by a...
  • On the Incarnation of the Word

    11/28/2004 2:25:22 PM PST · by telder1 · 168+ views
    New Advent ^ | Long Time Ago: Church Fathers | Athanasius
    Come now, Macarius (worthy of that name), and true lover of Christ, let us follow up the faith of our religion, and set forth also what relates to the Word's becoming Man, and to His divine Appearing amongst us, which Jews traduce and Greeks laugh to scorn, but we worship; in order that, all the more for the seeming low estate of the Word, your piety toward Him may be increased and multiplied. For the more He is mocked among the unbelieving, the more witness does He give of His own Godhead; inasmuch as He not only Himself demonstrates as...
  • The Flim Flam Artist(Charles Berlitz)

    01/25/2004 12:13:38 PM PST · by EveningStar · 310+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | January 9, 2004 | Michael Fumento
    Charles Berlitz, who just died, was known as one of the world's top linguists and grandson of the founder of the Berlitz language schools. Yet his true claim to fame was as author of "truth is stranger than fiction" books that were actually just plain fiction. A Time magazine reviewer summarized all of Berlitz's paranormal works in describing one as taking "off from established facts, then proceed[ing] to lace its theses with a hodgepodge of half-truths, unsubstantiated reports and unsubstantial science." Among his vast repertoire: "The Mystery of Atlantis" (1969), "Mysteries from Forgotten Worlds" (1972), "The Bermuda Triangle (1974), "The...

    01/19/2004 9:36:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 103 replies · 248+ views
    New York Post Online ^ | January 19, 2004 | RALPH PETERS
    <p>I NEVER thought I'd give Bill Clinton a standing ovation. But last week in Qatar I did just that. Our former president gave the most perfectly pitched, precisely targeted speech I've ever heard to a hall filled with Muslim intellectuals and officials. And they listened.</p>
  • Supernatural Power Dressing (Bronze Age Jewellery)

    07/21/2003 4:00:02 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 489+ views
    British Archaeology ^ | 7-21-2003 | Alison Sheridan
    Supernatural power dressingJewellery from Bronze Age graves is normally interpreted as a symbol of status. However, materials like jet, amber, faience and tin were also worn as talismans, writes Alison SheridanWhen archaeologists found the 4,300-year-old burial of an archer and metalworker at Amesbury in Wiltshire last year, they knew at once that they were looking at the remains of a great Bronze Age chieftain. The astonishing wealth of the possessions found in his grave declared him a man of power. This was, quite simply, the richest early Bronze Age grave ever found in Britain, with some of the country's earliest...
  • Psychics and Fortune-tellers Beware!

    12/23/2002 2:02:42 PM PST · by SeenTheLight · 5 replies · 277+ views
    www.chronwatch.com ^ | 12/22/02 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Leave it up to San Francisco to possibly be the first city to implement legislation requiring psychics and fortune-tellers “to obtain permits, post their rates and stop tricking their clients.” The first two are mere technicalities, but that last one is the real clincher, because, unless you believe in the supernatural, psychics and fortune-tellers are by their very nature, tricking their clients. In covering this rather outlandish subject-matter, the Chronicle seemed to be taking an appropriately tongue in cheek approach, by beginning the article with “The future looked cloudy for dozens of fortune-tellers and psychics.” The legislation was put forward...
  • School Supports Satanist Club

    10/17/2002 8:07:13 PM PDT · by Ready2go · 37 replies · 4,997+ views
    Omega Letter ^ | 10/2/2002 | Jack Kinsella
    School Supports Satanist Club Based on Anton LeVey's Satanic Bible In Defense of the Faith 10/2/2002 Jack Kinsella A group of students in San Mateo, California formed an on-campus club dedicated to the First Church of Satan founded by Anton LeVey. Calling themselves The Satanic Thought Society, co-president of the club James Doolittle admits he originally started the club with his friend Matt Heeney to "rile things up a bit." But now that the two juniors have studied the teachings of Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, they say Satanism helps people to express themselves. "Its (Satanism's) purpose...
  • Why People Find the Bible Difficult

    10/04/2002 5:31:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 198 replies · 339+ views
    Why People Find the Bible Difficult THAT MANY PERSONS FIND THE BIBLE HARD to understand will not be denied by those acquainted with the facts. Testimony to the difficulties encountered in Bible reading is too full and too widespread to be dismissed lightly.In human experience there is usually a complex of causes rather than but one cause for everything, and so it is with the difficulty we run into with the Bible. To the question, Why is the Bible hard to understand? no snap answer can be given; the pert answer is sure to be the wrong one. The problem...