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Mothers and religion

Posted 05-12-2019 at 10:17 AM by KaraZetterberg153
Updated 05-12-2019 at 02:04 PM by KaraZetterberg153


I was born in 1950, so the decade of my adolescence was the '60's, a time of real turbulence and generational conflict. I identified as an atheist, a freethinker, and an activist in terms of a handful of social justice issues which included feminism, civil rights, racial equality, animal rights and the like. My poor mother, who was rigid Church of Christ from a small town in Oklahoma, didn't quite know what to do with me. Why did I turn out so differently from...
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Five day water fast

Posted 05-08-2019 at 05:43 PM by KaraZetterberg153

Fasting is as old as humankind and has been used for health and spiritual practice for millennia. See (for example):

8 Health Benefits of Fasting, Backed by Science
1. Promotes Blood Sugar Control by Reducing Insulin Resistance
2. Promotes Better Health by Fighting Inflammation
3. May Enhance Heart Health by Improving Blood Pressure, Triglycerides and Cholesterol Levels
4. May Boost Brain
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Generational differences

Posted 04-26-2019 at 06:22 AM by KaraZetterberg153

I think if you examine the history of humanity, the softening of religious bigotry has been accompanied with advances in ethical behavior. Even in the last couple of centuries, starting with the French and then the American Revolutions, ethical behavior has become more widespread. But we are, indeed, still barbarians. Ancient practices such as infibulation still occur, and not just in Africa but in the United States among immigrants. Sex trafficking, including child victims, is common. Child...
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Silly remarks: sell-out or politic?

Posted 04-23-2019 at 10:20 AM by KaraZetterberg153

As I may have mentioned elsewhere, I have an 89-yr-old violin student who is religious. Part of every lesson, it seems, consists of him expostulating on the theme of fundamentalist Christianity:
God will not allow Democrats in heaven
President Trump is just doing what's best for the country
Democrats hate the Jewish people

And on and on, one startling remark after another. I stands mute, and don't argue, but sometimes it's difficult to hide the puzzled...
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Posted 04-23-2019 at 05:48 AM by KaraZetterberg153

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Bertrand Russell, the late 19th-20th century philosopher and mathematician. Russell had a long life, bordered at the beginning by Elizabethan sentiment and ending in 1970, long enough to have protested the war in Viet Nam on the steps of Parliament (where he was so old and feeble he had to be carried to jail on a blanket).

Russell was also a great writer on atheism, with prose so beautiful he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950....
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