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    Lanky75

    In reply to: There are some interesting references to Q....and I think Buron L. Mack's book, The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins might be rather out of date. Now you have MY interest. I thought that the book of Q (and I am assuming you are referring to the "Q Gospel" here) had never been found. It's existence logically follows from even a rudimentary analysis of the synoptic Gospels, but no copy of it or even a portion of it has turned up that I have learned about. Did I miss something? Was any of the Q gospel found?

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    In reply to: i cried wen i filled in the form - im happy and sad just confused i guess, i cant wait to b home but stil i love my kids n shes so good to me. It's a bit traumatic when you reach the end of a chapter in your life, and your reaction is entirely normal. Just remember that the end of this chapter means the beginning of a new and different one, something to look forward to.

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    In reply to: But afterwards, I've decided I will probably look into becoming a sex therapist or something related. My question is... where do I start? What's the best way to get my foot in the door? One of the things I'm also interested in doing is talking to public groups of people (as a professional) about sexuality. A coworker of mine from an earlier life (or at least a much earlier period of this one) had similar interests. We were both in the military at the time, but when I asked him about his formal education he replied that he had a degree in "sexology", his way of pointing out just how much of psychology (not psychiatry) has to do with sexual issues.That might be a good place to start.

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    Lanky75

    I think the proper (and occasional) use of sleeping pills to ensure that you are well rested is an excellent idea, and you are smart to take advantage of it when it's needed. I do the same thing myself when sleeping during the day in preparation for working at night.

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    In reply to: You said, "This is a very sensible take on the Bible. I agree with it."What thor said makes very little sense, unless you have a new definition for "good" and "equal". I'm not really interested in expanding on what he said here. It made sense. If you don't get it...well then you don't. It's no big deal since my comment, while public, was to him.

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    In reply to: > Treating a slave good or bad is just as important (according to the Bible) as treating anybody else good or bad.<What does it mean to treat a slave "good"?> Seems in this regard that the Bible treats slaves as equals.<What does it mean to teat a slave as equal? Is that not a self-contradiction? Cutting it up in that fashion DOES make it hard to understand. I recommend you read the original post, which I found to be quite clear and easy to comprehend.

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    This is an excellent article overall Starfish. Thanks for bringing it here. I have a couple of comments about it. In reply to: Use of the same instrument on several girls without sterilization can cause the spread of HIV. I absolutely hate when a sensible article departs the sensible focus and takes a walk on the wild side by attempting a long-shot connection between the writer's point and a current hot-button issue. HIV is a hot-button issue, but the number of bad things that can be spread this way boggles the mind. As this is primarily done to prepubescent girls the likelihood of spreading an STD is low compared to the risks of other things. Mentioning only the hot-button disease tells me this is an attempt to be a bit manipulative, by Amnesty International in this case. In reply to: indeed one of the reasons put forth by advocates of the practice is that it discourages excessive masturbation and that a mutilated woman is far less likely to be unfaithful to her husband. Indeed, I think this is the primary reason this practice was started. That it has become a cultural practice defended by even its victims in many areas is undeniable, but its origin is most likely in reducing the likelihood of infidelity. The only real connection between FGM and religion is that they both address the issue of fidelity, but that's it. Anything else is a stretch beyond the rational in my view, whether it's proponents of a particular religion adopting it or accusing religious beliefs of causing it.I join the consensus here in saying that I feel the practice is horrible. As a father of daughters I would regard such mutilation as reason to beat the crap out of someone. It's like cutting out someone's tongue so they can't curse. I don't like cursing, but that isn't a good way to stop it.

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    Lanky75

    In reply to:


    Treating a slave good or bad is just as important (according to the Bible) as treating anybody else good or bad. Seems in this regard that the Bible treats slaves as equals. We live in a society today that has deamed it unacceptable to have a social class defined as "slave".

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    I suppose I should add, for the sake of clarity, that the Bible is focussed on spiritual issues. This would seem to indicate that a person's social status is not an issue when it comes to the applicability of the Bible.


    This is a very sensible take on the Bible. I agree with it.

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    Lanky75

    In reply to: Huh?? I think he meant Oklahoma, not Oakland.

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    In reply to: Personally I refuse to pay for cable. There are some things in life that should just be free. God, it's good to find a kindred spirit! No cable or satellite dish for me either, although I do like CNBC when I travel. I refuse to pay for ads though. In reply to: That leaves me only getting 3 networks stations and PBS but I'm a PBS kinda guy so it works for me. I did relent and put a Radio Shack antenna on the roof, and now we get 2 PBSs, all 6 networks, 3 spanish, 3 independent, 2 religious and QVC stations. Way more than we need, or have time to watch. DFW is a MAJOR market...PS. I love Watterson's work too! I own 6 of his books...

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