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  1. Good point - I hadn't noticed that the 2020 version was still dated 2012! Unfortunately I have no idea if the ProgressiveChristianity.org website intend to release a later guide or not. Sorry.
  2. Brad, I see that the ProgressiveChristianity.org site offers a study guide for the 8 Points for $15 here: https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/study-guide-for-the-8-points-of-progressive-christianity-2012/ You can find a substantial excerpt for Point 6 here: https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/point-6-from-the-8-points-study-guide-peace-and-justice/ But other than that, I'm not sure there are any free study guides. Cheers Paul
  3. Personally, I like the good bits of the Christian faith that try to encourage love for all, forgiveness of others, less judgement of our fellow humans, and peace in general.
  4. You're far from dumb, John, I have no doubt. Hope it's now working okay for you.
  5. I guess for many, it is the comfort that they get from reading and perhaps believing in such texts. It's certainly a cultural phenomenon (i.e many are born into it) and others who might be attracted later in life either need something or perhaps are looking for something else. I'm not saying that's the best way for things to proceed, but rather just offering my two cents about why some people find ancient texts like the Christian bible as attractive.
  6. Too true Rom. I think even back in the days of ancient Rome, people were attracted to 'old' religions, philosophies, world views, etc. I think linking Christianity to the older ancient Hebrew bible was the foot in the door for Christianity in Rome at that time. But like you say, our modern knowledge of where our species came from and how it developed certainly warrants adoption of new perspectives.
  7. John, Did you have a look at Rom's guidance? Here it is repeated in case: Click on yourself top right hand corner Account settings Notification settings Mentions and My Content Highlight email You should be able to activate either or both site notifications and personal email notifications. Cheers Paul
  8. This seems to me to be very similar to non-religious meditation. I utilize an app called 1GiantMind which follows the same process, but focuses on using the word 'ahum' repetitively, and encourages you to not force your thoughts but just gently come back to the word 'ahum' when you mind drifts and starts thinking. I really find it stress-reducing and beneficial.
  9. At 8.01 the speaker says "But these contradictions in no way discount the message that these authors were trying to communicate". I don't know how everybody else understands integrity and truth-telling, but for me, if the author is making stuff up just so they can present their view, then I think it is very reasonable to discount their message, or at the very least, question it. Perhaps instead of contradiction we are simply often dealing with storytelling that has no factual basis.
  10. Hi LouAnn, I'm all the way over here in Australia so not much use to you for recommendations, but I hope you find something that suits your needs. Cheers Paul
  11. Other than quoting somebody (like I have you here - so you should have received a notification that I replied to your comment) the only other way I think is if it is your thread (like it is WandaM's here) then they should also receive a notification that somebody has commented in the thread they initiated. So in short, WandaMc should get notifications that somebody has commented in their thread.
  12. Thanks John. I will investigate Quora further. I guess you get what you pay for, hence our higher annual fee which covers the cost of the hosting and the licence/platform to use their (Invisions) Forum software. Thanks for the offer to assist with costs - I have sent you an email.
  13. I think this is why Christians (in general) have fought/do fight tooth and nail to decry evolution as a scientific fact - it destroys the original sin story of Adam and Eve. Those who do accept evolution (but still believe in Jesus being a sacrificial savior) then have to come up with a new narrative, such as original sin coming into being when human beings developed self-consciousness, but still, that eliminates the whole Satan as a fallen angel story too.
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    Too true 4BeanMix. This forum costs $540usd per year just to cover the hosting costs. However, I wouldn't want to discourage participation here or restrict access to the forum archives by requiring people to pay for use. A couple of members have generously contributed a month's or two fees and at the moment I simply encourage people who find value in participating here to consider donating by Paypal to 1paulsmedley@gmail.com (that's me). I'm still trying to work out ways to generate enough to cover costs here, and would welcome any other suggestions from anyone. Cheers Paul
  15. I didn't know until today that that unless you come from the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), mine will always be the biggest!
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