Monday, January 29, 2007
endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the
Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish
Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of.
My own mind is my own church."
-Thomas Paine -The Age of Reason 1792
Sunday, January 28, 2007
To do is to be - Nietzsche/Descartes/Socrates
To be is to do - Sartre
Do be do be do - Sinatra
I do it my way,
Saturday, January 27, 2007
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden "Sounds"
Friday, January 26, 2007
- John Brown
Monday, January 22, 2007
The Transient and Permanent in Christianity
Delivered at the Ordination of Rev. Charles C. Shackford in the Hawes Place Church, Boston on May 19, 1841
Luke xxi.33. "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my word shall not pass away."
In this sentence we have a very clear indication that Jesus of Nazareth believed the religion he taught would be eternal, that the substance of it would last forever. Yet there are some, who are affrighted by the faintest rustle which a heretic makes among the dry leaves of theology; they tremble lest Christianity it self should perish without hope. Ever and anon the cry is raised, "The Philistines be upon us, and Christianity is in danger." The least doubt respecting the popular theology, or the existing machinery of the church; the least sign of distrust in the Religion of the Pulpit, or the Religion of the Street, is by some good men supposed to be at enmity with faith in Christ, and capable of shaking Christianity itself. On the other hand, a few bad men and a few pious men, it is said, on both sides of the water, tell us the day of Christianity is past. The latter -- it is alleged -- would persuade us that, hereafter, Piety must take a new form; the teachings of Jesus are to be passed by; that Religion is to wing her way sublime, above the flight of Christianity, far away, toward heaven, as the fledged eaglet leaves forever the nest which sheltered his callow youth. Let us, therefore, devote a few moments to this subject, and consider what is TRANSIENT in Christianity, and what is PERMANENT therein.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
there. St. Peter is about to begin his interview when the man
A short time later there's another knock. St. Peter gets the door,
the man, opens his mouth to speak, and the man disappears once
"Hey, are you playing games with me?" St. Peter calls after him.
"No," the man's distant voice replies anxiously. "They're
trying to resuscitate me."
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Monday, January 15, 2007
King also sought a peaceful coexistence between science and religion and rejected a literal reading of the Bible, an approach he said had been used to justify slavery and other racial injustices.
By ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press Writer
-- G Gaia
Saturday, January 13, 2007
resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
Friday, January 12, 2007
-- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
There were Five country churches in a small TEXAS town:
The Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, the
Catholic Church, and the Jewish Synagogue. Each church was overrun
with pesky squirrels.
One day, the Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do
about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they
Determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they
shouldn't interfere with God's divine will.
In the Baptist Church the squirrels had taken up habitation in the
baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the
baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped
somehow and there were twice as many there the next week.
The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a
position to harm any of God's creation. So, they humanely trapped the
Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days
later, the squirrels were back.
But -- The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective
solution. They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members
of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter
Not much was heard about the Jewish Synagogue, but they took one
squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision, and
they haven't seen a squirrel on the property since.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
HumanistNetworkNews.org Jan. 3, 2007
There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about. The letter read:
I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension check. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with, have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can you please help me?
The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman. The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.
Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened. It read:
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift.
By the way, there was $4 missing. I think it was those bastards at the Post Office.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Anon.)version of St. Francis of Assisi's prayer:
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.