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  1. Jetavan

    Can the OT Lady Wisdom Texts be understood of Mother Mary/The Theotokos?

    In the Wisdom of Solomon 7:22, Wisdom is described as "the artisan of all", that is, the one who directly created the cosmos. In Christianity, the Second Person of Trinity is the one who directly created the cosmos, not Mary. 1st Corinthians 1:24 calls Jesus--not Mary--"the wisdom [sophia] of...
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    Cats are aliens. No, really.

    A group of scientists did seriously propose in 2018 that because the octopus has traits so radically different from other mollusks, that it did not evolve from other mollusks on earth, but was actually extraterrestrial in origin:
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    Baptism of Catholics?

    That depends upon the Greek word being translated as "spirit". If the Greek is πνεῦμα ("pneûma": “wind, breath, spirit”), then the Greek for "spirit" is neuter. If the Greek is ψυχή ("psukhḗ": “soul, breath, spirit”), then the Greek is feminine.
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    Consecration of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at Ground Zero

    Church destroyed during 9/11 attacks consecrated as national shrine
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    That All Shall Be Saved

    An infernalist is a universalist who’s been mugged.
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    The Reality of Sorcerers / Witches / Magic from Bible/Church Fathers (Long Read)

    I thought you were a "sometimes atheist"?
  7. Jetavan

    Using Marijuana (weed)?

    A biblical-era Israeli shrine shows signs of the earliest ritual use of marijuana The use of cannabis in a ritual context would really not be all that different from the use of wine. Some Orthodox Jews drink wine excessively during Purim, to the point where the rational mind is “transcended”.
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    Those Mysterious Canaanites

    Yes, I was criticizing the article”s claim about what the Israelites did.
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    Those Mysterious Canaanites

    Who were the Canaanites? New insight from 73 ancient genomes Iranian and Caucasian ancestry could also help explain why the Torah has Noah’s ark settling on Mt. Ararat in what is now Turkey.
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    Controversy around Elder Ephraim of Arizona?

    Something similar is here
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    A [Systematic] Explanation of Hell in Orthodox Christianity.

    A thousand pages? Here you go
  12. Jetavan

    Mammoth statue of Jesus planned for Russian site once set aside for Lenin

    MOSCOW (RNS) — Authorities in Vladivostok, the largest city in far eastern Russia, are planning to erect a gigantic statue of Jesus Christ on a site once designated for a monument of Vladimir Lenin. .... Roman Lunkin, a religion analyst at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, told RNS that...
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    Traditionalist Catholics becoming increasingly divided about who is real pope.

    From the description: Very interesting that Mary is part of this.
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    Traditionalist Catholics becoming increasingly divided about who is real pope.

    While reading Dan Brown's Origin: A Novel, I assumed that the plot involving something called the Palmarian Catholic Church was based on a fictional schismatic group. Surely, I thought, the Spaniards have no use for such nonsense--it would have been more believable if the Palmarians were based...
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    BBC - Jewish sect members accused of kidnapping children in New York

    “When the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect called "Lev Tahor" fled Quebec for Ontario in November 2013 it set off a firestorm of debate. The group says it left because of a conflict over religious beliefs and education rights, but child protection workers allege something more sinister is at play. The...
  16. Jetavan

    Christianity and Buddhism

    -- Ajahn Karuṇadhammo December 25, 2018
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    Smithsonian, NASA Reflect on 'Spirit of Apollo' at National Cathedral

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    A play, ‘Christmas Mubarak,’ mixes Christian and Muslim stories of Jesus’ birth

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    Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy

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    An exploding meteor may have wiped out ancient Dead Sea communities

    Sodom and Gomorrah, anyone? https://www.sciencenews.org/article/exploding-meteor-may-have-wiped-out-ancient-dead-sea-communities?tgt=nr