Secularism-Davide Riccardi I announce, dear Diocesans, the arrival of Lent. And since custom has it that in giving this announcement each Bishop carries out some important point of religion, I will start […]
I need not go further in bible quotations to show that woman, throughout the old testament, is a degraded being, having no rights which her husband, father, brother, or uncle is bound to respect. Still, that is bible doctrine, and that bible is the word of a just and omniscient God!
The bible was the real persecutor. The bible burned heretics, built dungeons, founded the Inquisition, and trampled upon all the liberties of men. How long, O how long, will mankind worship a book? How long will they grovel in the dust before the ignorant legends of the barbaric past? How long, O how long, will they pursue phantoms in a darkness deeper than death?
WAS he kinder, more forgiving, more self-sacrificing than Buddha? Was he wiser, did he meet death with more perfect calmness, than Socrates? Was he more patient, more charitable, than Epictetus? Was he a greater philosopher, a deeper thinker, than Epicurus? In what respect was he the superior of Zoroaster? Was he gentler than Laotse, more universal than Confucius? Were his ideas of human rights and duties superior to those of Zeno? Did he express grander truths than Cicero? Was his mind subtler than Spinoza’s? Was his brain equal to Kepler’s or Newton’s? Was he grander in death—a sublimer martyr than Bruno?
The educated Christians admit that the writers of the Bible were not inspired as to any science. They now say that God, or Jehovah, did not inspire the writers of his book for the purpose of instructing the world about astronomy, geology or any science. They now admit that the inspired men who wrote the Old Testament knew nothing about any science, and that they wrote about the earth and stars, the sun and moon, in accordance with the general ignorance of the time.
The Christian Scriptures
Background from the Jewish Bible
The Baptism of Jesus
A Miracle based on faith (Mark 5: 25-34)
On Forgiveness, Sermon on the Mount
The Hebrew Bible The Hebrew Creation Narrative Story of Abraham The Law: Exodus 20-21:27, 22:16-23:9 Passover The Shema Four proverbs Psalms 19, 137 Song of the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 42:1-9
Hymn to Sekhmet-Bast
Hymn to Osiris
Three Love Poems from the New Kingdom
Dialogue of a Man With His Soul
In Praise of Learned Scribes
Hymn to the Aton of Akhnaton
The overall result of the Project
was stronger Christians and better leaders. What this looked like, what else happened and the details of what was tried and learned along the way is the subject of following report. The report begins with a quick overview of the structure of the project and the focal questions it addressed.
Therefore it is most necessary, that the church, by doctrine and decree, princes by their sword, and all learnings, both Christian and moral, as by their Mercury rod, do damn and send to hell for ever, those facts and opinions tending to the support of the same; as hath been already in good part done. Surely in counsels concerning religion, that counsel of the apostle would be prefixed, Ira hominis non implet justitiam Dei. And it was a notable observation of a wise father, and no less ingenuously confessed; that those which held and persuaded pressure of consciences, were commonly interested therein., themselves, for their own ends.
Sciences therefore crept into the world with other the pests of mankind, from the same head from whence all other mischiefs spring; we’ll suppose it devils, for so the name imports when you call them demons, that is to say, knowing. For that simple people of the golden age, being wholly ignorant of everything called learning, lived only by the guidance and dictates of nature; for what use of grammar, where every man spoke the same language and had no further design than to understand one another?