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On Saviours

A true "saviour" is far more concerned with people's spirituality than with their egos, even though most people would much prefer that he focus on the latter. That's what happened to Jesus, of course. Everyone thought he was going to be a political saviour by helping to overthrow the Roman rulers, but when they found out he was talking about an altogether different form of salvation, they quickly turned on him.

Perhaps Jesus was at fault for raising false hopes in the first place...

(David Quinn, May 2011)

Vatican apologizes for murdering Giordano Bruno



"Bruno's followers,
like Bruno himself,
seem to be aching
for any fight
they can find."
(Slate)

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"Mess
with
a bull,
you
get
the
horns."

the styx



Didymus

thomas

"All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin."
(Lord Byron)



"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
(Albert Einstein)



"An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field."
(Niels Bohr)



"I have often been told by carpenters when seeing the square, that they did not know the meaning of all the figures placed on the square. Therefore, I have placed the drawings of this square in this volume, as I want to show to those kind of mechanics that all the figures are very simple, and that they all can be thoroughly understood by most carpenters."
(Dallas Sigmon)



"Only the spear that opened the wound can close it."
(Parsifal)



"The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale."
(Richard Dawkins)



"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."
(Charles Darwin)





"If god really
wanted people
to be free of
wicked thoughts,
he should have
taken more care to
invent a different
species."
(Christopher Hitchens)

Pilate

bowie

The intriguing thing about Pilate is the degree to which he tried to do the good thing rather than the bad. He commands our moral attention not because he was a bad man, but because he was so nearly a good man. One can imagine him agonising, seeing that Jesus had done nothing wrong, and wishing to release him. Just as easily, however, one can envisage Pilate's advisers telling him of the risks, warning him not to cause a riot or inflame Jewish opinion. It is a timeless parable of political life.

Christianity is optimistic about the human condition, but not naive. It can identify what is good, but knows the capacity to do evil. I believe that the endless striving to do the one and avoid the other is the purpose of human existence. Through that comes progress.

(ANN WROE)







"Vladimir Vernadsky inspired the renegade Gaia hypothesis (later set forth by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis): the global ecosystem is a superorganism with a whole much greater than the sum of its parts. This vision is clearly theological - suddenly everything, from rocks to people, takes on a holistic importance.

Teilhard felt this deeply, and a handful of cyberphilosophers are now mining this ideological source as they search for the deeper implications of the Net.

Teilhard's work is about creating a consciousness so profound it will make good company for God itself."


A Globe, Clothing Itself with a Brain







"Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman - a rope over an abyss ... What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end: what can be loved in man is that he is an overture and a going under..."
(Nietzsche)