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  1. I agree that hindsight is always better, but there were a lot of people calling on Donald Trump to do more in the mask wearing/social distancing space since long ago - and he pretty much ignored or disparaged them (Trump even openly mocked Biden for wearing a mask). Trump certainly didn't start encouraging your population to wear masks or practice social distancing very well at all - part of his 'playing it down' strategy I guess. And quite simply, the other party wasn't in control, so I'm not sure why that is an issue. We're talking here about the effectiveness of the person who WAS in c
  2. It’s hard to imagine that the US was putting its best foot forward when it’s leader was deliberately ‘playing down’ the severity of the virus to the people, in conjunction with politicizing the wearing of masks and social distancing. Could he have done better? Absolutely.
  3. Yes, finally after 2 months of fighting and crying that the election was fraudulent and stolen from him, finally after months of saying he will not concede, finally after 50 court cases were rejected or lost, finally after the Electoral College upheld the State's rights, finally after the Senate and Congress upheld the Constitution, finally after the Capitol was invaded and 5 people sadly are now dead, finally Trump says there will be a peaceful transition. The hope I guess John is that 7 million people more outvoted those that voted for Trump and the Electoral College produced the same '
  4. I don't disagree, but the AP is just one such 'conglomerate' when there are literally thousands and thousands of news agencies around the world - any one of which could report the evidence that Trump has to demonstrate that the he actually won the election in a landslide but that the Democrats stole the election. That would not be hard to demonstrate and reflect in a single media article - if the facts actually existed. But we all know they don't. And this is exactly what Trump plays on - a skerrick of truth that there is some voter fraud (as there is in all elections), but nothing,
  5. I find it too hard to imagine that all of the media in the free world is involved in a cover up of a fraudulent election. It’s this nonsense and Trump’s promotion of it that will now cost the Republicans their two Senate seats for Georgia and control of the Senate. It isn’t a ‘realization’ of anything - it’s buying into Trump’s delusions and not accepting Democracy in action. This is what Trump had been about since day one - dividing the country, not uniting it. You reap what you sow.
  6. Yeah, I'm no biologist either, but it would seem to me that our 'self' is simply a product of our brain, so in that regard, self really is just part of the 'all', I think. I know that I have no knowledge of 'self' before I developed a certain level of cognitive function in my brain (at around 2-3 years of age I think I recall) and I highly suspect I will have no understanding of 'self' after my brain function ceases. So to me it would seem that 'self' isn't something that needs to be transcended, but rather is something that is precisely what we are - our brain functioning. I'm not sure act
  7. But is there a need to transcend self? Can we not just accept that 'self' is part of the 'all' and that's that? I think sacrificing carrots, even by a vicious stoning, would have been a much better option for humanity!
  8. I'm not sure the US is out of the woods yet, with the way Trump is behaving! One can only hope this sideshow will finish soon enough. Then again, there seems to be millions of Americans who seem happy that Trump is behaving this way. Go figure.
  9. No, not daft at all John, and I for one enjoyed your little examination of each religion and what they have to offer. I wonder when 'we' did start believing? I expect it was when our distant relatives first started to develop self-consciousness. As you mentioned elsewhere, there is early evidence of our relatives the Neanderthals practicing ritual and ceremony - it's not a big step for me to imagine earlier hominoids asking questions about what they didn't understand (which would have been a heck of a lot I imagine way back then) and developing spiritual answers instead of scientific
  10. I wonder what people's thoughts are on Trump's efforts to overturn the election results, to have the Senate reject the Electoral College's outcome, and his encouraging of a protest in DC on 6 Jan?
  11. I wonder if religions, like Christianity, start out with good intent but as they become further and further removed from the initiators, they get changed and warped by well-meaning, but ultimately mistaken, individuals and groups. I certainly think Christianity morphed from what Jesus actually meant to later early Christians making excuses for Jesus not returning when they expected. 'Theology' started getting developed around Jesus by people who didn't know him and were several generations removed from the Jesus experience. I think most religions have something to offer, otherwise they
  12. Let's hope we can work on that in 2021, John! I know there are lots of great people who have previously been involved here and that new people come through all the time, so I expect we will see peaks and troughs. Numbers wise 2020 was a bit of a trough, but I can see that changing this year. 4BeanMix, I am not and have any never been a member of Christian Forums, so I can't rally speak from experience with them. Here we have very rarely banned anybody from this site and have only on the rarest occasions suspended anybody for a short period (1 or 2 weeks). This has always been pre-
  13. Hi all, just an update. I am now funding this forum by myself at a cost of $540 USD/year. I really don't want to see the forum go by the wayside and am investigating ways to make it more financially viable past 2021. In the meantime, if you find any value in maintaining this forum, please consider contributing a month's worth of fees or in fact anything you consider reasonable to help share the load. Please know that your use of the forum archives or participation here do not, and never will, require you to make any donation. It is only if you feel the urge to help out that I ask you
  14. Here's wishing all members and visitors to the Progressive Christianity Forum here, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a tumultuous year, no matter which country you live in, and we look forward to things improving on the Covid-19 front in 2021. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Satisfying Saturnalia - whatever your reason for the season, best wishes and may you experience health and well-being throughout 2021. Cheers Paul
  15. Hi there Faith, Welcome to the forum. I hope you like participating here and I hope you might even get some answers to what you are seeking. When I read your question I looked into paganism and its connections to Christianity and found that there is a thing called Christopaganism, where adherents combine the elements of both Christianity and Paganism. So it would seem that indeed there are those who believe it is possible to be both Christian and Pagan. I can't say I have ever had any feelings for becoming a witch, Christian or otherwise, and I don't label myself as a Christia
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