This is a fascinating article about the Exodus (or lack thereof) from an archaeological perspective. Here's the lede:
"The Passover narrative is one of the greatest stories ever told. More than any other biblical account, the escape of the enslaved Hebrews from Egypt is the foundational story of the Jewish faith and identity, one that all Jews are commanded to pass on from generation to generation.
Also, it never happened."
When you quote Rollins and @mike
for your conservative ministry's easter Sunday social media post
😇 😈 😂
Confession / Hypocrisy
This is a safe space right?
Because I really feel like a hypocrite editing a document on discipleship for my work when I don't think I agree with a much of the Christian stuff in it.
(I don't actually know what I _do_ believe anymore, but I'm pretty sure it's not this. 😕 )
Ugh. Cognitive dissonance sucks.
Ponderings on the wrath of God 2/2
The evangelical in my head is shouting that "obviously he'd hate us worshipping other things because they are what lead to the aforementioned pain anyway", but that feels a bit like deflection to me.
Anyway, I don't have answers. Just questions.
Ponderings on the wrath of God 1/2
The idea of God being wrathful at us "worshipping other Gods" confuses me a little.
I mean, it makes sense in a tribal context (when everything was attributed to gods in one way or another), but why is there such an emphasis on our "worship of other gods" these days?
You'd think the wrath of God would be more focused on the ridiculous suffering, evil and despicable things that go on daily that we are in many ways capable of reducing or avoiding, wouldn't ya?
Seen on the greater fediverse (@intherain):
"If you’re looking for an ethical or open source or privacy-preserving alternative to just about any online service, here is a surprisingly comprehensive list: https://ethical.net/resources/
There were a few things missing, but there was also a ton of stuff I hadn't heard of before."
@mike you might find this useful in your quest to de-evil your social media experience (if you aren't already aware of it).
I just finished listening to the #liturgists Social Media podcast. There is something instructive and deeply beautiful about how you guys demonstrate vulnerability and compassion, especially as public figures in a public forum.
@mike you spoke on one of the ASM episodes a while back about your involvement in a micro-loan platform, but I can't find the podcast or remember the name of the platform you used. Which one were you using, and is it still reliable ?
(I've read some scary shit about micro loans so I'm typically pretty leery of them.)
Cussing, pleading (and possible alcohol)
I'm currently working in a conservative Christian community, but a large part of my heart is in the skeptical "liturgists" space. And while the people I'm working with are incredibly gracious, it is so painful to experience how (often unintentionally) hurtful the conservative sphere can be.
So meditation is really challenging when you've never done it before, there are building noises outside your window, your mind is spinning like a top and your dogs are passionately interested in why you are at their level.
I may need to change some things about my setup if I want to get into this meditation thing 🙄
My name is David, but I love umlauts and interesting punctuation.
I live in southmost bit of Africa that stops the rest of it from sliding into the sea.
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