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  1. hi Bill, your post really spoke to me, as i have had the same thing on my mind. Like you, I have shed all of those beliefs you listed above, but still felt inclined to hang onto the term 'christian'. My motivations for doing so have been: 1. if i may quote you, i'm 'drawn to him, his life, his teachings, his death' 2. for the benefit of my family I have felt that I could be an 'agnostic christian' who follows the path of christ but without any supernatural beliefs. But the more i look into the history of the new testament, the more I see a set of writings created by groups of peop
  2. I relate, Steve! I read a quote once, something like, 'we are evolution become aware of itself.' I'm always struck by the length of time that this world was turning before anyone/anything was around to see it. It certainly makes the mind boggle, if you just take a moment to appreciate the fact that you can see, hear, touch, feel emotion. and you have to think to yourself - what am i going to do with that gift? Jonny
  3. love this thread, and i've really enjoyed reading your posts. (Soma - also love the deep conversations i can get into on long drives with my son - though he's only 5!) I guess i feel the same way as many of you do, that is best to let them find their own way, and be there to offer any guidance that they might ask for. I feel the same as you, Kathy, in that i don't want my kids to feel as i did growing up - that there is only one true way, and if you don't believe what we believe then you are lost. A very important thing for me in raising my kids, is that i must resist the temptatio
  4. hi, sorry, just seeing these replies! glad you all enjoyed it Jonny
  5. Hi, just recommending a great little movie - 'the way' - starring martin sheen and written and directed by emelio estevez, his son. A very spiritual movie, moving, uplifting and all that
  6. Hi Veratatis, welcome, your thoughts sound similar to mine Jonny
  7. did a google on that one, Paul, and found it very comprehensibly explained in this national geographic interview! http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/17/the-story-behind-beasts-of-the-southern-wild/
  8. one thing that had me thinking was the name - 'Beasts' the girl in her narration seems to include people when she uses the word 'animals', and the people in the community did indeed live a kind of desperate, animalistic lifestyle of survival. Also the term 'beasts' could be a reference to how those of us in the 'civilised' world (like the government officials and doctors in the movie) might see these peoples lifestyle. The father's behaviour was often unpleasant, but his motive seemed to be preparing his child for survival in a harsh world. This reminded me of Brad Pitt's character
  9. Anyone else seen this extraordinary movie? would love to know your thoughts... Jonny
  10. Hi and welcome, i share that feeling of not being able to be open with family and friends. This site is a good outlet. Jonny
  11. You had me thinking about this, Rhino, especially the question - why is raping someone in a game any worse than killing someone? Annie, I think you came to the same conclusion as me when you mentioned 'biological survival'. Most killing games comprise of the user fighting for survival against an army/zombies etc, rather than prolonged acts of cruelty. I know from watching my young children's make-believe play, that from the offset we have the desire to 'beat the bad guy' and be a hero. It's part of the survival instinct natural to all living things. I also agree with Paul, that 's
  12. Hi, just finished reading a novel which some of you might enjoy. It's a quick read and fairly cheap on kindle. The book is 'The Brandy of the Damned' by JMR Higgs - the title comes from a Bertrand Russell quote 'music is the brandy of the damned.' The plot sees three members of a long defunct rock band take a trip around the coast of Britain in their old van. The book is quite surreal and not a lot happens, but the discussions between the three are high on philosophy and give much food for thought. There were several incidents which stood out for me - one of which was when a char
  13. looks interesting, have downloaded it to kindle thanks Jonny
  14. Thanks for your reply, John. And nice to hear a more balanced view of Thatcher! Jonny
  15. Welcome John, hi from across the Irish Sea I always enjoy reading the stories of those who, like me, have had trouble reconciling their conservative faith and eventually moved away from it. I am curious to know - and sorry if this is too personal - about you and your wife losing your faith at the same time. Was it one of you who lost faith first, then influenced the other, or had you both been harbouring doubts? Again, please ignore me if i'm prying! Jonny
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