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Date: 2012-02-15 23:21
Security: Public
Mood:impressed impressed
xposthttp://soph.livejournal.com/229268.html
Tags:link, religion
Subject: Cracked.com: 10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On

I don't normally link to Cracked.com because I find many of the things on there to be uninteresting. The articles are typically lists of things, in a "top 10" style. Things like "5 Creepy Ways They're Replacing Humans With Robots", "The 5 Weirdest Reasons We Have Sex (According to Science)" and "23 Painfully Honest Valentine's Day Cards" (to take three examples from the front page currently).

However, just now I saw an article that I thoroughly agree with and need to share: 10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On. I applaud the writer of this article; they've taken some thorny issues and managed to write about them in a manner that isn't, to my mind, heavily biased towards one way or the other. That's not an easy thing to do, and it makes some excellent points. I'd urge everybody to read it.

[edit: As [profile] kabarett noted in the comments on DW, the author of the article treats gender as binary and acts as if the reader is male. I hadn't noticed these on my reading of the article at first - sorry! To me it's not jarring, and I still believe the article is great to read, but if you're sensitive to these issues then you may want to bear that in mind. (Privilege, I has it.)]

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Date: 2011-04-29 19:50
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Mood:contemplative contemplative
xposthttp://soph.livejournal.com/218968.html
Tags:filk, link, religion, song lyrics, spirituality
Subject: Just beyond the moon...

Most people reading this journal will know that although I used to be a Christian, I'm not any more. (I won't go into why in this post, but I'm willing to talk about it if you want to hear.) I'm not a member of any other religion either.

But I'm not an atheist - far from it. Some people have asked me why I'm not an atheist. And rather than responding in full, I'm going to post the lyrics of a song that I absolutely adore, called "Just Beyond", created and sung by Mich Sampson. She's an extremely talented musician who I've met going to various filk events, and she's given me permission to post these. I'd also highly recommend listening to the original; it's available to listen online along with other songs that she's made. This song in particular is beautiful, and resonates strongly with me.


Just Beyond
Mich Sampson (listen online)

I remember as a child
looking out my window
and seeing how the trees made funny shapes against the stars,
and wondering what they felt,
as they brushed their branches against the moon
and struggled in the breeze...

It's not so different now:
at my desk, Monday morning, close my eyes...
remember how I felt
one cold spring night,
when I gazed up into the sky,
and thought there might be...

...be God,
be aliens,
be a world of dreams,
be my own imagination?
I didn't care.
I thought there was something there;
just beyond the moon,
just beyond my hand...
...maybe.

It's hard to believe,
when you're dealing with the little things
and all of life's mundalities.
I take the time to hope;
read history and fairy tales,
read the scientific news.
For just beyond the moon,
just beyond my hand,
maybe there's something that I don't understand...

...be God,
be aliens,
be a world of stories,
be my own imagination...
I don't care.
Please let there be something there;
just beyond the moon,
just beyond my hand...
...maybe?

Just beyond the moon,
just beyond my hand...

(instrumental)

Some people think we're strange -
that we've got our heads above the clouds
and never fall to earth.
But that's how we keep sane;
if we can hold on to the faith or hope
that there is something more.
For just beyond the moon,
just beyond our hands,
maybe there's something that we don't understand.

Be God,
be aliens,
be a world of spirit,
be our own imaginations...
let them stare.
We pray there is something there;
just beyond the moon,
just beyond our hands... maybe.

Just beyond the moon,
just beyond our hands... maybe.

Just beyond the moon,
just beyond our hands...

...maybe...

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Date: 2010-10-17 00:32
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xposthttp://soph.livejournal.com/210564.html
Tags:big posts, christianity, film reviews, religion, religious discussion
Subject: Religulous

I'm writing this from my bed in [livejournal.com profile] the4thcircle's house, where I'm staying overnight.

Today has been mostly good! We made some good progress with the filking (which I forgot to mention includes composition as well as transcription) and it's been wonderful to see both Stacy and Becky again; I love being with them, and I believe the reverse is also true. (Although I do sometimes worry that I put undue stress on them both unintentionally; I seem to goof up a lot. They tell me everything's okay, though.)

We finished off the evening by watching a film called Religulous, and to be honest it made me a little uncomfortable. I want to use the rest of this post to explain the reasons why. This is going to contain religous discussion, so I'm going to put it under a cut in case you don't want to see said discussion.

Talk about Bill Maher's 'Religulous'... )



And since I know that both Stacy and Becky will be reading this, I should say that I am happy that you put it on to watch; I try to be very open-minded about these things and it was good to see another's point of view! So please don't take any of this as a criticism of you or the decision to put it on; my criticisms are purely aimed at the film itself. :)

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Date: 2010-03-20 19:34
Security: Public
Tags:religion, request for comments, screened, spirituality
Subject: Religion and spirituality

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I must admit to being intrigued as to the religions or spiritual paths that my friends take, for a few reasons.

So, I'd like to ask you all - if you're okay with telling me, what do you consider your spiritual path or religious leaning? If you don't have one, I'd like to hear that too. (I know that at least a couple of my friends identify as "militant atheists", for example.)

To make it more comfortable to share, I'm screening comments on this post - and this should apply to both DW and LJ, so no need to worry about that. It's just that I both want people to be able to have privacy if they choose, and also I don't want any bashing going on in this post.

If you choose to share, thank you!

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