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Mar 13, 2013 LadyAlice commented on The Morning News: There's Still No Pope, There Might've Been Life on Mars, and Apparently Jesus Was a Shapeshifter.
Shape-shifting Jesus isn't new. It's called docetism, from the Greek dokeo (to seem), and it's the belief that Jesus did not have a physical body, so could appear (or not appear) in any form he chose. The text is apparently new, and I'm looking forward to reading it, but the Gospel of John is full of shape-shifting Jesus.
Dec 2, 2012 LadyAlice commented on Slog Bible Study: 1 Timothy 5:23.
#11 Someone told me that wine isn't alcoholic enough to make it clean, and that the reason beer works for this is because you boil the water as part of the brewing process. Also, in the Roman empire wine was usually mixed with 5 parts water (at least at the beginning of the party), so even if the alcohol would kill some of the bacteria, that seems pretty heavily diluted.
Dec 2, 2012 LadyAlice commented on Slog Bible Study: 1 Timothy 5:23.
#8 - Technically no. Paul died in the late 60s. Titus and the Timothies can be dated to the middle of the next century by things they say about theology and church structure. It was pretty common back in the day to write something and attribute it to someone famous to give it legitimacy.
Nov 27, 2012 LadyAlice commented on Pediatricians Org: Prescribe Plan B to Teens Before They Need It.
The problem with making it OTC is the same with making the pill OTC: harder to get insurance to cover it.
Nov 23, 2012 LadyAlice commented on The War on Thanksgiving.
On the other hand, they're not just throwing the money in a pit and burning it. Those millions of dollars paid a lot of actors, cameramen, makeup artists, marketers, distributers, etc. etc. who've got families. It's not getting the millionaires anything, why not let them piss it away?
Nov 19, 2012 LadyAlice commented on O They Will Know We Are Christians....
It's unfair to blame Christianity for this. It was the veneer, the excuse, not the cause. You don't say marriage is bad because some people are in abusive marriages.
Nov 18, 2012 LadyAlice commented on Slog Bible Study: Leviticus 25:44-46.
#13 That was pretty much the rule for everyone in antiquity. And now, come to think of it.
Nov 9, 2012 LadyAlice commented on Anti-Gay Now, Anti-Gay Tomorrow, Anti-Gay Forever!.
How do you have civil disobedience to gay marriage? Not getting gay married? Not getting straight married? Divorcing your wife?
Oct 18, 2012 LadyAlice commented on Another Federal Appeals Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional.
#12 - That's true, technically, but wasn't the lawsuit specifically challenging section 3? Is it common (or even possible) for justices to broadly apply their judgements to statutes not in the suit?
Jun 6, 2012 LadyAlice commented on The Catholic Church Makes Mistakes.
I would argue that the beaver = fish thing is something that the church got RIGHT. Yeah, it defies scientific logic, but it's a way to maintain doctrine without demanding a whole group of people starve. I haven't heard of anyone facing the Inquisition for suggesting that beavers aren't fish (though I haven't researched it, either).
 
 

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