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  • structuralism vs functionalism in the science vs religion dichotomy

    09/08/2020 11:24:53 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Peter Kreeft, a philosophy prof at Boston College, has the charism of talking across normally impenetrable borders, so, he's a Christian who talks to Atheists, and respects them. He's criticizing George Lucas' 'Star Wars' philosophy. This is at a podcast at queued to about 23:05. He's talking about classifying magic, technology, religion and science, in terms of either a structuralist or a functionalist, a static or a dynamic perspective. The ordering of the list of 4 things above is an attempt to be agnostic about which of the 4 things are put into pairs.A standard, static-structuralist arrangement is for...
  • C.S. Lewis on theosis {in Christianity} - General Discussion

    07/29/2020 9:32:37 PM PDT · by Cronos · 44 replies
    orthocuban ^ | 31 May 2011 | Ernesto
    By now regular readers know that I am a fan of C.S. Lewis, and I was a fan of him before becoming Orthodox. In fact, I consider him one of the influences that led me to Orthodoxy, though I would not have thought of it that way before I became Orthodox. You see, it was not until I became Orthodox that I realized just how much of C.S. Lewis’ thinking reflected a more “Eastern” viewpoint, or perhaps, I had better say a more “universal” or catholic viewpoint.One of his statements has to do with the whole issue of theosis or...
  • David Mamet on Ricky Jay, a Great Astonisher and Truest Friend

    11/29/2018 10:13:49 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 28 Nov 2018 | David Mamet
    Here is Hollywood, where the young, the beautiful and the inspired come to live lives of disappointment marbled with betrayal. They spin gold into flax, striving to placate the unworthy sufficiently so as, one day, to be admitted to their number. Who might be immune? Only a philosopher. Ricky Jay came to Hollywood as an acolyte in 1972. He was 26 years old, and had been practicing magic since childhood. He was a world-class card manipulator and thought to be the youngest performer ever to play The Ed Sullivan Show. He came to study with the masters of close-up. They...
  • Why western God-haters willfully choose magic, nihilism, depravity, and stupidity

    11/13/2018 11:07:19 AM PST · by spirited irish · 20 replies
    Renew America ^ | Nov. 12, 2018 | Linda Kimball
    From the close of the Medieval Age on through to our own time, God-haters have been waging war against the God of Revelation. The reason for this unrelenting attack upon the Triune God, but especially Jesus Christ, is mankind's sinful fallen condition. God-haters desire suppression of the knowledge of their own sin, which they hope will stifle the gnawing pain of a guilty conscience
  • Penn and Teller Fool Us // Javi Benitez // Original TV Sound

    08/15/2018 5:36:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/15/18 | javi benitez
    For those that enjoy Magic.
  • America's Got Talent 2018 - Live Thread

    05/24/2018 11:23:14 PM PDT · by Netizen · 107 replies
    NBC ^ | 5-25-2018 | Netizen
    After a record-breaking Season 12, summer phenomenon "America's Got Talent" is back on Tuesday, May 29 with Creator and Judge Simon Cowell returning alongside Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Supermodel, entrepreneur and business CEO Tyra Banks joined the team last summer as host and melded effortlessly with the judges, bringing her unmistakable personal flair and verve to the show. excerpt
  • 17th century alchemist's scroll giving instructions for the 'elixir of life'

    12/17/2017 2:27:40 PM PST · by mairdie · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 December 2017 | Sophie Inge
    An incredibly rare 17th century alchemist's scroll giving instructions for the elixir of life has sold for a magical 585,000 [pounds]. The delicate manuscript was an illustrative methodology of 15th century scientist George Ripley's recipe for the philosophers' stone which made a potion that supposedly granted the drinker eternal life. It also gave instructions for turning base metals into gold. Although the instructions were impossibly cryptic - there is one reference to using dragon's blood - it didn't stop scholars of the time, including Sir Isaac Newton, giving it a go.
  • Secularist Dogmas That Live Loudly Within Lefties

    09/15/2017 4:44:37 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 15, 2015 | George Neumayr
    For years, the Washington establishment held up Sally Quinn, the wife of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, as the society doyenne par excellence and a serious reporter. The Great and Good would gather at her mansion to bat around the issues of the day. Much talk of a sinister religiosity afoot in the land would ensue. But it turns out that Quinn, when not passing around drinks and appetizers to these self-proclaimed rationalists, was in the back playing with her tarot cards and concocting hexes for her enemies. In her new spiritual memoir, Finding Magic, Quinn discloses her...
  • What Caused Life to Come Into Existence?

    08/25/2017 7:42:24 AM PDT · by Raymond Pamintuan · 177 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 25, 2017 | Edward Watson
    It has become axiomatic that life naturally evolved out of nonliving materials billions of years ago. Given enough time and the chemical opportunity, living cells self-assemble. However, the experts on the development of complex molecules from simpler ones, the synthetic chemists, do not know how this process actually occurs. There are no known pathways to create the components that make up a living cell from nonliving matter. They have no idea how amino acids (the building blocks of proteins and enzymes), nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA and RNA), saccharides (also called carbohydrates or sugars, the scaffolding for DNA and...
  • Hexing Ceremony Targets President Trump With Witchcraft In Brooklyn

    08/12/2017 6:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Patch ^ | August 12, 2017 | Shant Shahrigian
    How much different is it from praying to God that your candidate wins? asked one attendee. BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN President Donald Trump has elicited all kinds of protests around the country. On Friday night, a gathering of dissenters in Bushwick created one of the most imaginative a hexing ceremony. About a dozen people gathered at occult bookstore Catland on Flushing Avenue, near Central Avenue, to put a malevolent spell on the president. The ceremony was simple enough. Catland honcho Dakota Bracciale set up an altar with a skull, some other bones and mason jars filled with crumbled wads of...
  • Dodgers' Magic Johnson guarantees World Series victory

    07/28/2017 5:45:14 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 28, 2017 | Bill Shaikin
    Magic Johnson called his shot Thursday night, and he wasnt shy about it. The Dodgers co-owner did not hesitate when he predicted how the team would finish this year. The Dodgers are going to win the World Series this year, Johnson said. This is our year. Johnson spoke at Clayton Kershaws annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event at Dodger Stadium, at which the Dodgers ace currently on the disabled list because of a back injury presented Johnson with the Kershaws Challenge Impact Award, in honor of the charitable work Johnson and his foundation have done. Get healthy, Johnson...
  • WOW It's finally back.

    05/19/2017 4:26:29 AM PDT · by KSCITYBOY · 5 replies
    None | Now | Me
    Is this thing really working again?
  • Witchcraft TRUMP RITUAL planned for tonight at midnight

    03/26/2017 5:48:30 PM PDT · by Slyfox · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 26, 2017
    Youtube video that explains it all
  • Catching a Bullet Trick

    11/17/2016 10:04:06 AM PST · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 11/17/2016 | S Morstan
    It's Real, Do not try this at Home. Magicians are well-known for their death-defying acts. Some, like the Masked Magician, are known to use tricks and clever optical illusions. Some, like David Blane, may take things a little further. While not strictly speaking a 'magic trick' by the look of it, this trick is the kind of absurdly dangerous stunt you would expect to see of a magician: Catching a bullet in a steel cup. In ones mouth. While pulling the trigger on themselves. Obviously, don't try this at home. Also, don't try it anywhere else. Getting ready to do...
  • Obamas Kenyan clan puts curse on half-brother who backs Trump

    11/06/2016 8:32:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 6, 2016 | Tonny Onyulo - Special to The Washington Times
    KOGELO, Kenya Things are no less divisive in the Obama precincts here as they are across the Atlantic as Election Day looms. President Obamas relatives and others in his ancestral village are angry that the presidents half-brother Malik Obama has come out in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Local leaders and close relatives of Mr. Obama, whose father was born in Kenya and who is seen as a source of immense national pride, met to place a curse on Malik Obama. Threats of violence have been made against the family apostate. We have...
  • (CNN Money) Problem: Most Americans don't believe the unemployment rate is 5%

    09/06/2016 10:01:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 65 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 9-6-2016 | Heather Long
    Americans think the economy is in far worse shape than it is. The U.S. unemployment rate is only 4.9%, but 57% of Americans believe it's a lot higher than that, according to a new survey by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. The general public has "extremely little factual knowledge" about the job market and labor force, Rutgers found. It's another example of how experts on Wall Street and in Washington see the economy differently than the regular Joe. Many of the nation's top economic experts say that America is "near full employment." The unemployment...
  • Six Christian White Magic Spells Worse Than Fantasy Magic

    Recently a Facebook friend shared an example of Christian white magic in the real world. Youll never guess what magic book it was. His family owned a book of magic, a fantasy novel. That wasnt the dangerous magic. Instead, someone he knew became alarmed at the book. She effectively cast a spell against his family. She removed herself from their contaminated space and created a magic circle. This phrasing is only mild hyperbole. But unfortunately, this is what many Christians do. We believe in magic, and even practice types of spells, all in an attempt to avoid bad magic. Deuteronomy...
  • Bohemian Grove-Revelations by a Former Participant

    09/15/2015 6:45:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/15 | Bill McIntosh
    An Interview of Zachary King by William McIntosh Zachary King, a convert to Christianity, is a former Satanist who was involved with the occult for decades. He began practicing magick at 10 years of age, joined a satanic coven at 13 and had broken all 10 commandments by age 15. He worked his way up to be a High Wizard and actively pushed Satans agenda including ritualistic abortions and the breaking up of churches. He also attended the famed and exclusive Bohemian Grove OVER 15 times. In 2008 he had a stunning mystical experience of Gods grace and was converted...
  • California bill banning Confederate names clears committee

    07/15/2015 6:15:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 38 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 14, 2015 | Alexei Koseff
    Senate Bill 539, which would prohibit the naming of public buildings and roads in California after Confederate leaders, advanced from its sole policy committee Tuesday on a 7-1 vote. It heads next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for fiscal consideration.
  • Evolutionary Cosmologies: Religious Endeavor to become like God

    11/20/2014 11:07:20 AM PST · by spirited irish · 28 replies
    Renew America ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Linda Kimball
    Throughout the de-Christianized West and America neo-pagan and mystical pantheist evolutionary reasoning is taken for granted throughout the college curriculum, just as it is in all aspects of modern thought and experience. It not only undergirds biological and earth sciences, but also Freudian and Jungian psychology, anthropology, law, sociology, politics, economics, the media, arts, medicine, and all other academic---and increasingly seminarian---disciplines as well. The West's amoral transnational elite Gnostics, the "chosen" ones, are particularly enamored of evolutionary reasoning: "Western cultural elites have disregarded God for more than two centuries, but for a while the effects were mostly confined to their...