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1  General Category / Lounge / Re: Favorite anti-state movies on: September 01, 2012, 02:33:11 AM
"Soylent Green"

The cannibal sate ouroorts to feed the oopulace.
2  General Category / General Discussion / The latest statist horror on: August 11, 2012, 11:06:30 PM
Have you heard about the nationwide surveillance and collection program? 

That is scary as hell - especially when coupled with the Obama Admins. quest for the power to detain whoever, wherever for whatever reason for as long as they want.  I am reading a great book called, "The Emergency State" that traces these developments back to Wilson and FDR
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Religious affiliation on: July 30, 2012, 02:30:47 AM
Upon reflection I realize that my previous post may be a bit esoteric. A simpler point is that the crucifixion is state violence against a non violent civil disobedient leader. The resurrection negates the ultimacy of the apparent power of the empire to crush dissent. The fact that the rejector of imperial power and critic of religious authority could be used to both solidify imperial control and establish religious authority is one of history's greatest ironies.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Religious affiliation on: July 30, 2012, 02:13:59 AM
I am a Christian Atheist. There is no guy in the sky nor any cosmic party pooper whose favorite word is "NO."

There does seem to be a mystery inherent in existence itself and something awe-inspiring about nature on this planet. In the face of the vastness of the universe, the appropriate response seems to be humility.

The Christian doctrine of incarnation suggests that what we call "god" is enfleshed and revealed in the material universe. Christian mythology suggest that "unconditional love" is the foundation of the universe. The existence of the universe is the ultimate self-giving of G-d.

So, the exploration of the universe using the tools of science is possibly "thinking G-d's thoughts after G-d. Reductionism that reduces human beings to being "only" anthropoid apes and the universe to "only" that can be contained in a space, time, matter, energy box is not worthy of our art, poetry, music, philosophy or religion.

My religion tells me that humans are individual souls made in the image of G-d and their status demands that they be left unmolested by all. The only legitimate use of force is to defend the image from being marred by coercion of any sort.

I call myself a Christian Atheist because I agree with Thomas JJ Altizer (The Gospel of Christian Atheism) that whatever G-d was imagined from antiquity has emptied "godself" of any existence outside of whatever creation exists. Christian mythology suggests that G-d died in Jesus on the cross and has been resurrected in everyone and everything. Meditation on this thought suggests that this is the very nature of the creation (God poured godself into the creation) and this is only revealed to humanity through the cross and resurrection. These are not truths to be imposed on others but rather perspectives that help give meaning to the universe and the lives of those who choose to embrace them.
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