brain sizes: Einstein's and women's
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Mon Sep 9 20:31:14 EST 2002
John Knight wrote:
> "Cary Kittrell" <cary at afone.as.arizona.edu> wrote in message
> news:alj1c0$4ul$1 at oasis.ccit.arizona.edu...
>>In article <_3ee9.58074$Ic7.4272085 at news2.west.cox.net> "John Knight"
> <jwknight at polbox.com> writes:
>><This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
>><"Cary Kittrell" <cary at afone.as.arizona.edu> wrote in message =
>><news:albba1$j5$1 at oasis.ccit.arizona.edu...
>><> <John, I've noticed that some Christians are able to accept that they
>><> <(again, according to their myths) are "adopted" sons of Abraham
>><> <without trying to push the "firstborn" out of the way. And I've
>><> <noticed that some who claim to be Christian seem to think that the
>><> <only way that they can "prove" their "fitness" is to dispariage the
>><> <Jews. Which category do you fall in?
>><> <That's a serious question, John -- not a flame, an insult, or a =
>><> Please, then, allow me: John falls into a noticibly distinct group --
>><> nominal Christians who are nowhere near ready to go in for all
>><> that Jesus stuff -- mercy and charity and self-sacrifice and
>><> loving those who hate you -- they're by temperament far more
>><> comfortable with the Old Testament ambiance, all that smiting
>><> and abominating and all-around tribalistic xenophobia. Reflexively
>><> exclusive, not inclusive, by nature, they look about for something to
>><> support their us-vs-them tendencies, and it's obvious where that's
>><> to be found. Only problem: YWH clearly wasn't talking to us.
>><> As a matter of fact, YWH spends a great deal of time warning the
>><> Chosen against the likes of us. So what's a bigot to do when
>><> faced with such roaring cognitive dissonance?
>><> You've seen the answer to that. Not pretty, is it?
>><> -- cary
>><Sooo, you want to stick to the "New Testament" and throw out the "Old", =
>><cary? Why exactly would that be? Would you mind explaining that? No?
>>Oh me, I don't particularly care about either. Is that forthcoming enough
>>But I was talking about you, and the way you constantly wrap yourself
>>in the banner of Christianity while simultaneously holding the virtues
>>the Christ taught, self-sacrifice, detachment from this
>>world, and unconditional love of and service to others in contempt,
>>as you evince daily in your posts.
> The Holy Bible isn't a smorgasbord where you get to pick and choose the
> parts you want, and throw out the rest.
> By ignoring, condemning, insulting, or neglecting the Old Testament, you do
> Christianity a tremendous disservice.
> John Knight
You are right. We ought to follow the example and teaching of Moses.
Its okay, even good to murder the neighboring people, half a million or
so, steal their cattle and land and sell their daughters into sexual
slavery. Yes indeed we need to take the whole thing. Picking and
choosing is a disservice to Christianity.
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