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  1. In my opinion, media is a product and not the cause. Although I can imagine it being the other way around, I just don't think that is the case. For instance, Fox news didn't promote a Trump bias but rather, I believe, it tapped into an existing market. CNN didn't make Democrats form certain views, it catered to them. But in that 'tapping in' and 'catering' to a certain audience I agree that media can 'feed' certain mindsets and influence cultures. Add to these the many 'dark web' sites, chat groups, forums etc, and it is easier nowadays for anybody of a particular mindset to find supp
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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 '
  5. 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,
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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-
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Understanding evolution has a lot of implications for theology and Christianity I believe. Perhaps that's why many try to deny the science. Each to their own, I guess.
  18. So true, John. I think it also 'hardens hearts' to a certain degree. Christians who believe their loved ones, family, and friends who are not 'saved' so either deserve or simply will suffer eternal misery, whilst they experience eternal joy and bliss in Heaven, must have to harden their hearts to some extent to shield themselves from feelings for those they are separated from. I just cannot fathom how my mother could ever be happy in Heaven knowing that myself and her grandchildren are suffering eternal torture and pain. I can only imagine that these people need to start hardening their he
  19. I thought Neanderthals were also humans, albeit a different species or even subspecies, but I get what you mean. Perhaps once we developed self-consciousness, these questions began to appear.
  20. For me personally, I find it hard to imagine a God separate to humanity 'out there' somewhere, but still loving us as if we were his physical children. For me personally, such a God would have way too many questions to answer, e.g if you do really love us, why do you let little children suffer paedophile rape and torture? Are you powerless to intervene or do you think that sort of cruelty is beneficial? Why do little children get cancer and die painfully? Why don't you 'play your hand' so to speak and make it beyond all doubt that you are an existent creator? Etc etc. These were quest
  21. Welcome Phyllis, I hope you enjoy the forum and perhaps it may even be helpful and contribute to your seminary studies. I see you have already asked a question concerning creation and evolution, so I look forward to participating in that discussion next. Once again, welcome. Cheers Paul
  22. John, I'm still learning what functions we can and can't perform on the forum (I'm no IT guru and the forum platform is an off-the-shelf hosted one), but I think that if you choose to 'follow' a thread you will receive an email when a comment is made there? The 'Follow' button is roughly in the top right hand corner of the thread. I think also you may get an email notification if you are 'quoted' in a thread, but not a notification just because somebody has posted within said thread (unless you ar efollowing the thread as per above). You can also see what might be new on the forum overa
  23. Hi John, Welcome to the forum. We’re a mish mash from around the globe here - I’m in Australia myself. We’re also a mish mash of different beliefs, ranging from the odd evangelical through to atheists, and many different degrees in between. I hope you enjoy participating here and find our little forum useful in your journey. Cheers Paul
  24. That's an excellent tool, Bo! Thanks for sharing.
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