I think the cougar sounds kind of neat..then again i have never had one in my backyard. |
Yeah, read this book and tell me how neat it is to have cougars in your back yard: Amazon.com: The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America: Books: David Baron
I bumped my cougar thread for you--it's in the 'spirituality' section also.
I am so sorry about your 911 experience. It sounds just terrible. I'm sorry for the whole mess. I have a son in the Army (not deployed yet), so it's pretty personal for me also.
Yeah, I think people are coming to the megachurches a lot because the social fabric came unraveled in the 1960's. I felt it happening. It was palpable, and very disorienting. The social markers for kids are just dismaying now.
And it is sad that American religion is so polarized. I appreciate Polkinghorne, but he can't give people the sense of stability that Fundamentalism can. It's kind of an exoskeleton, in a way.
I speak from personal experience, and so I definitely don't mean that in a derogatory or condescending way. I was a Fundamentalist because I needed to be one. People do what they have to do to get by. It just simply works for a lot of people, and some of them I know, love and respect very much.
I think those of us who see faith from a more liberal perspective can do much to moderate the tone of the dialogue, if we make that our aim.
But we all champion our own version of truth and turn a blind eye to our shadows. It's the human condition. Dawkins just has the spotlight on him.
Secular humanists--well, it's late, so that's a topic for another day.
As Pogo said, "We have seen the enemy, and he is us."