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Questions about religion and spirituality [06 Oct 2005|01:14am]

tea_spirit
I am posting a short series of questions to a wide variety of religious communities (and communities that list religion as an interest) on LiveJournal. The purpose is to try to get as broad a set of answers as possible, and to find distinctions and commonality among the responses. I have tried to select the broadest community for each faith, but I am only posting to communities with open membership, frankly because I don't want to cross-post something this broad into a protected community, out of respect.

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All of that said, here are the questions. Responses can be as long or as short as you wish.

1. How do you define "religion"?
2. How do you define "spirituality"?
3. If you adhere to a faith or religious/spiritual doctrine, does it require belief in the "supernatural"? If so, how do you define "supernatural"?
4. If you adhere to a faith or religious/spiritual doctrine, do you believe its founding or supporting texts (such as the Bible, Quran, and so on) are literal truth?
5. If you adhere to a faith or religious/spiritual doctrine, do you practice in a place of worship, or follow a guide/teacher/leader of some sort?
6. What role should religion or spirituality have in social/political decision-making, and why?

Thank you all in advance!

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god does WHAT to fags? [23 Sep 2005|03:29pm]

moths
Selected Passages From the Bible:
The King (Fred) Phelps Version.

BY OWEN MORRIS


http://mcsweeneys.net/links/lists/15OwenMorris.html
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[25 Aug 2005|11:04am]

shakeitsugar
Does anyone know of any liberal Christian churches in the NYC area?
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Please pray for Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star mom holding a peace vigil in Crawford. [13 Aug 2005|06:02pm]

gpv
She's struggling with the death of her son and with being reviled in the media. This is a youth minister, folks, and her son wanted nothing more than to be a chaplain's assistant. Though she has harsh words for her sons's former Commander in Chief, she is not the bad or crazy woman some people make her out to be.

Here is my blog of a letter to the editor I felt compelled to write on her behalf. http://www.livejournal.com/community/thought_express/11788.html#comments

And here is an amazing collection of pictures of the vigil. The vigil holders are currently being shouted down by anti-protestors who are shouting "we don't care" at them. But I care. I care that Cindy and other families sitting in that hot ditch lost their loved ones.

http://server2.whiterosesociety.org/crawford/index.html
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books [05 Aug 2005|12:36pm]

metanoia
[ mood | curious ]

Hi all! I'm new here *waves* I'm a crazy liberal Catholic who's interested in becoming a Maryknoll Sister. I've been a firm believer in liberation theology since the summer of 2003 and I've read all I can about radical Christianity and liberation theology as I can. My Spanish teacher from high school studied theology at Maryknoll College until it closed down and then became a Maryknoll lay missioner. I don't know how many of you all are interested in liberation theology but here are some books that are really interesting. Some are from the 70s so I could only find them used:

-- Through the Gospel With Dom Helder Camara
-- The Radical Bible
-- Rich Church--Poor Church? Some Biblical Perspectives
-- Jesus, Politics, and Society: A Study of Luke's Gospel
-- A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation
-- Jesus of Nazareth: Meditations on His Humanity
-- We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People
-- The Violence of Love

Do you all have any other book recommendations on liberation theology or radical/liberal Christianity?

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simul justus et peccator [14 Jun 2005|01:23pm]

turquoiselady
[ mood | weird ]

what is sin?

is it a state, or certain acts?
which acts?

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hello [11 May 2005|06:30pm]

litinaroom
I just wanted to express relief I found this group. The only type of Christianity I'm used to is fundamentalism and borderline so- and I do consider myself a Christian, very much so- so thank you to whoever founded this group. A pointless post. but thank you so much.
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Intelligent, Educated, Other [29 Mar 2005|01:31pm]

allisburning
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So, you've probably seen this --
"Teaching Darwin splits Pennsylvania town"
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1548&ncid=1548&e=1&u=/afp/20050327/lf_afp/uspoliticsreligion

(Yahoo news tends to disappear fast -- this probably won't be available two weeks later)


Dover, Pennsylvania, USA:

"Since last year the school board voted to have high school biology teachers raise doubts about Darwin's 145-year-old theory and suggest an alternative Christian explanation for life. The city has since been deeply riven over the issue of separation of church and state.

... pastor and parent Ray Mummert, 54, explained their point. ...

'Christians are a lot more bold under Bush's leadership, he speaks what a lot of us believe,' said Mummert.

'We've been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture.' "

(My bold)

Now, everyone on the blogs is teasing Mummert for clearly distinguishing he and his from the "intelligent and educated".

But a large percentage of the population are not intelligent and/or educated.

How should those who are intelligent and educated treat them so that they will be happy with the situation?

- Just let them do whatever non-intelligent and non-educated things they want to?

- Do the intelligent and educated thing, and try to explain to the non-intelligent and non-educated just why their views are non-intelligent and non-educated?

- Do the intelligent and educated thing, and lie to the non-intelligent and non-educated about it?

.
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[17 Mar 2005|05:43pm]

ex_pandabear669
How common is it for any of you to hang out with other Christians? I went to a Christian high school but I haven't kept many friends from there as we don't have a lot in common.
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[15 Feb 2005|02:42am]

elettaria
I just created queerinterfaith, for anyone who's interested.
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cool faith [05 Feb 2005|02:30am]
superkiddo7
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/article.php?sid=5461
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Please pray for my dad and family. We lost [03 Feb 2005|08:19am]

gpv
my mom last week.

I love you mom and will miss you forever! http://curvynovels.com/Amma.htm
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[23 Jan 2005|10:12am]

lurkergrrl
I've started a community for young people who are involved in their churchs, or who want to become involved. Come join if that describes you!
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[20 Jan 2005|03:52pm]
superkiddo7
Never ask where Meulaboh is
Never ask where Banda Aceh is
Never ask where Bireuen is…
Their maps have crumbled
Their maps have been washed away....

Goto AFSC.ORG to contribute to the Quaker humanitarian efforts in SE ASIA.

http://www.afsc.org/tsunami/update.htm
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[17 Jan 2005|12:30am]
superkiddo7
http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/archives/lastword-197.html
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I am getting a new study Bible: "The Access Bible" [16 Jan 2005|07:47pm]

gpv
I flipped through a few virtual pages and liked what I saw. Anyone else use this particular study Bible?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0195282175/ref=sib_dp_pt/103-0822305-9093400#reader-page

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Would Jesus love a liberal? You bet!
http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com/
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I want Tony Campolo's baby. [12 Jan 2005|02:00pm]

arcticturtle
I'm just saying. I mean, I know we're both committed to marital faithfulness and all, and since I'm trans I'm thoroughly incapable of conceiving. And the generational difference would invoke whiffs of an unsavory theology-groupie trophy-wife situation. Still, there you have it.

Actually, I was thinking last night about evangelism* (or lack thereof) by non-evangelical churches.Read more...Collapse )
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Knights of Magdalen [09 Jan 2005|10:28pm]

knight_magdalen


Greetings to you all:



A new Fraternal Order devoted to the Five Holy Obligations of Chivalry, in support of the defence of Women and the Divine Feminine, is being founded.

Knights of Magdalen, SFMCollapse )

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heaven [28 Dec 2004|06:28am]

marlboro_reds
[ mood | curious ]

What are everyones views on Heaven? I'm sure we all have different interpretations. How much does the desire to "go to heaven" when you die drive you in your every day life? How would you feel theoretically speaking, if instead of spiritually moving to a better place upon death, that we just became worm food in the ground? That all of our faith and good works in life didn't bring us to any higher plane of conciousness, that we just died and that was it? Would you still continue to live life as you do now?
I don't want to have a debate. I just want to discuss different ideas, freely, openly, and with respect for all:)

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Crosswise with the church, one Catholic family votes with its feet. [16 Dec 2004|04:13pm]

arcticturtle
http://www.pitch.com/issues/2004-12-09/news/janovy.html
I know there's a million articles like this out there, and this one isn't that different, but I appreciated the tone of this one. The writer seems to truly understand that caring about peace, poverty, equality, inclusiveness, etc. can be because of Christian faith instead of in spite of Christian faith - something that a lot of secular and right-wing religious writers don't seem to get.
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