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General Chat / Re: Winter 2012 ADVANCED Poster Awards!
« on: February 08, 2013, 04:46:12 PM »
HEY EVERYONE LET'S VOTING

DO IT BEFORE TUESDAY

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The Creationism/Science books page is interesting. It lists three books:



The Glory Of The Stars
Author: E. Raymond Capt

It is well known that the ancient races drew charts of these Zodiacal Signs, that ancient astrology was actually the father of astronomy. Astronomers sometimes denounce the Zodiac as unnatural and confusing, yet they have never been able to brush it aside or substitute anything better or more convenient in its place. The Signs of the Zodiac are a part of the common universal language of astronomical science.

The Zodiac is found in religious faiths and pagan superstitions. Astrology is based upon it. The Bible is replete with it. [...] The written words of Scripture parallel the words written in the heavens and preserved in the Signs of the Zodiac. [...] The purpose of this study is to present the findings of past eminent scholars, together with those of modern scientific investigators, in order to show the stars do reveal words written in heavens - words that declare the glory of God.

Paperback
144 pages
$ 8.00


Christianity And The Age Of The Earth
Author: Davis A. Young

Dr. Davis A Young, a scientist with outstanding academic credentials and a thoroughly orthodox, evangelical Christian, has presented in this volume solid and convincing evidence for the thesis that the earth is an extremely old planet created by God. This book demonstrates how well-meaning creationist (Dr. Young is also a creationist in the term) have misrepresented the evidence of geology in their attempt to argue that the earth is only a few thousand years old.

It is important in our time to give serious consideration to both biblical and scientific evidence. In this book, Dr. Young carefully examines the evidence and finds that it does not support the young-earth view.

Because of the literature advancing biblical catastrophism, the interest of Christian layman, and attempts to introduce the catastrophist view of earth history into public school curricula, the Christian community should seriously consider this issue of the age of the earth. Does the biblical and scientific evidence support the idea that the earth is extremely young or does the evidence indicate otherwise? Has the earth experienced a brief sudden catastrophic history dominated by a single global flood or has it's history been vastly longer and somewhat less spectacular? In this book the author examines some of the evidence of nature that relates to the age of the earth.

[...]

Dr. Young firmly believes that the continued promotion of the young-earth view will in the long run damage the credibility of Christianity and thus hinder our evangelistic efforts.

Paperback
188 pages
$11.95


 Racial Reconciliation and the Word of God
Author Pastor Thomas Robb

Although the racial reconciliation movement is new to the Christian Church, for years it has been one of the major tenets of all false religions. Racial reconciliation is a term being used in religious circles to promote racial integration and racial intermarriage.  The promoters of these scheme claim "race" is merely a social category and not a scientific fact.  They tell us that we are all variants of the same race of Adam and Eve and therefore the church and races should be united.  Furthermore they teach that there should be no prohibition against interracial marriage.  As long as each is a Christian, it matters not to what race they belong.

Subjects covered.

The eastern religious and occult root of racial reconciliation - examples

Racial Reconciliation and Charles Darwin's theory of evolution are based upon the same foundation - almost word for word - examples

The Abrahamic covenant - the covenant made with Abraham and Sara - (who are the modern recipients of this oath made and sworn by God alone?)

Communism, the new world order, the beast system, ( all of which are of the same basis and which are given power by the Apostate Church.

The scientific facts that poke holes in the idea that race is a social category.

The real meaning of the verses most used by racial reconciliation teachers - such as "And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth." Acts 17.26

Famous preachers from different denominations who taught against "racial reconciliation"

What are parents to do?

158 pages
$15.00




Now, if it were just the last two, I might think it was a Poe with a subtle irony -- they can recognize the unscientificness of young-earth-ism, but not of racism. But the zodiac one is less related to that, and also I know people who actually hold to the idea that the zodiac signs are tied to the Bible.

Incidentally, I'm rather curious as to whether Dr. Young's book explicitly denies a literal global flood, because if the story of Noah isn't literally true, then we are not actually descended from Noah's three sons, which eliminates the Curse of Ham and thereby removes basically the only possible avenue for biblical support of racism and African slavery.

Interestingly, while they do believe in an old earth, they apparently do not accept evolution (If there were a larger selection of books, I might think they were just attempting to offer a large library for their patrons to select from, without endorsing particular viewpoints, but the fact that there are so few books on this page (and also because I get the feeling that they're printing at least some of these books themselves) makes me think that they're deliberately selecting books that they do agree with). So I'm wondering where they go with this. Young is against "catastrophism," so I doubt he's a proponent of the Gap Theory (the idea that there is a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 where God created a whole world and then destroyed it before creating this one, which used to be a somewhat popular idea to explain away the earth's apparent age), so... did God just create every species in its current form and then have them all just wait around for four billion years before doing anything?

And then there's that part about how "racial reconciliation" has the same roots as Darwinian evolution. One of Kirk Cameron's arguments for creationism is "Darwin was racist and Hitler believed in survival of the fittest, therefore evolution is wrong." I guess Darwin just believed whatever you don't want to believe!

Tangent: Kirk Cameron says Hitler was bad because he believed in "survival of the fittest" (because somehow active genocide counts as natural selection???), but he also advocates for conservative politicians and capitalism -- which actually is a survival of the fittest type thing!!

So yeah, I just can't make sense of any of this.

Also, there's this book on the Bible Mysteries page:



Restitution Of All Things
Author: G. R. Hawtin

Is there coming a time of universal restoration and reconciliation in which all things will be restored? The author believes there will come such a time and shows just how he believes this will be done in the future. The author takes issue with those who teach and preach about a place called "hell" where those who reject Christ will spend eternity in abject misery and torment, forever suffering the terrible agony of a fire that will not, and cannot, be quenched. Pastor Hawtin believes that the Scriptures really teach that there is coming a time of universal restoration and reconciliation in which all things will be restored, whether they be things in heaven, things in earth or things under the earth?

[...]

Pastor Hawtin goes to great lengths, and in great detail, to explain the true meaning of the words hell, fire, brimstone, eternal, everlasting, for ever and ever, the second death and others, in order to show how these words have been misunderstood by most Christians for centuries.

Once the proper translation from Hebrew and Greek to English is applied the reader gains a completely different concept than that which he has always been taught regarding God's purpose towards man and His creation, and is then able to see more clearly God's wonderful plan for The Restitution of all Things.

Stapleback
48 pages




So they're at least open to discussion about universalism. That does not fit in at all with stereotypical fundamentalists, and would be pretty unexpected for a Poe.

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I accidentally stumbled upon this crap nugget and lost so hard I couldn't even take solace in the fact that it was a three year old WND article.

So I was thinking about this article, and one thing that really stood out to me (aside from the whole deliberately-refusing-to-understand-how-causality-works thing, which is a given) was this one phrase in particular:

"The already troubled youngster is often the one drawn to homosexuality or gender compromise"

"gender compromise" is a very interesting turn of phrase. Entire books could be written expositing that phrase (for example, the conservo-christo-american mindset that has made "compromise" into a dirty word, when the word, literally meaning "to promise together," seems like it ought to tie right in with the "mutual submission" that is supposed to be (but historically has often not been) at the center of Christianity). But what struck me about it was how much it remound me of something else I had seen online a day or two earlier: This page on the christianbooksandthings.net online store (which you will probably also lose to, especially if you look around at the rest of their products). KKK T-shirts. A Confederate flag with the caption "It's LOVE, not HATE." A blue collar teddy bear and an American flag with the caption "I Love my HERITAGE." A children's shirt reading "Klan Kids Kare," "White and Proud," and "Love Jesus, Love Your Heritage." And the one that I was specifically remound of, "W.F.R.I.: Women For Racial Integrity."

Preserving "racial integrity."

Combatting "gender compromise."

Making sure that the walls that divide us stay as high and as unambiguous as possible; that we are inescapably defined by our manmade labels.

Is the concept of gender roles really any different from that of racial roles? The idea that God made us male and female with the intention of setting up two completely separate, completely defined roles for us to take, thereby predetermining the whole course of one's life -- either you're born with testes / a penis / a Y chromosome (pick one or all), and therefore must be a natural leader and marry a woman and be her guide; or you're born with ovaries / a vagina / no Y chromosomes (again, no consensus on how many of these properties must converge in order for a person to be considered one gender or the other), and therefore must submit to your father, husband, or pastor, depending on the stage of life you're in, and can never have any position of authority over males (or even over yourself, really), and have to love kids and have as many of them as possible (or more). Never mind that not everyone fits neatly into one of those two categories even looking purely at physical, objective reality. Never mind the multiple positive examples in the Bible of women in leadership positions --  Deborah, Phoebe, Huldah, Priscilla, and Junia are the first that come to mind. We can't let there be any confusion between those two categories, or everything comes crashing down, because we wouldn't know who's supposed to submit to whom!

It wasn't all that long ago -- and it's even still around today in some corners -- that it was about racial roles too. People with a noticeable amount of melanin and/or African heritage (again, kinda fuzzy definitions) are the descendents of Ham, who were eternally cursed to be servants to the descendents of Japheth (who, conveniently, fathered all of Europe (well, the white parts)). People with less melanin / no provable African ancestry / enough money to hush up any traces of racial impurity were the sons of Japheth, and rightful owners of the sons of Ham (Never mind that race as we think of it does not really exist in a solidly definable scientific way). There must be no confusion between these categories -- that means no abandoning of your role, your responsibility, as either a slave or a master, and certainly no mixing of the races, because, again, if the distinction got muddled, how would we know who's supposed to submit?

I have a hard time reconciling that attitude with Galatians 3:28: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. I don't believe Jesus came here so that we could more deeply entrench ourselves in our same old oppressive power struggles of gender against gender, race against race, nation against nation.



and i really need to stop staying up so late

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Forum Games / Re: What's on your Paste?
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:47:37 PM »
Persistent Monkey Grip Sculpture of Yesteryear

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Forum Games / Re: You Groan, You Lose
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:18:40 AM »
Yeah; all of those viewpoints/identities/whatever do exist on Tumblr, but they're not going to reach that level of concentration outside of trolling (at least not while still having a legible blog layout).

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Mario Chat / Re: Luigi's Mansion 2
« on: January 31, 2013, 12:41:17 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgBmp44ld_o" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgBmp44ld_o</a>

Multiplayer looks fun.



Why is there bump-mapping on incorporeal beings?

Actually, are Boos incorporeal? You can spin-jump off of them in SMW. I forget, can you freeze them in NSMBW/U? Also some of them wear/hold clothes and accessories in PM and TTYD. So yeah, maybe they are solid, mass-having things.

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Found in the related articles: The Democrats are taking our toilet paper!

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Latest News / Re: Nintendo announces new Yoshi and Mario games for Wii U
« on: January 24, 2013, 05:36:57 PM »
I haven't played much of Epic Yarn yet, but from the little I played, it seemed to do a pretty good job of channeling the spirit of Yoshi's Story (which is a better game than most people give it credit for). There's definitely potential here, and not being a direct sequel could help mitigate some of the Yoshi's Island DS effect (something I'm still worried about for Dark Moon).

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Mario Chat / Re: Mario Timeline
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:23:24 PM »
But in MLPIT, he doesn't seem aware. Then again, he may not even realize he's in the past. (Sorry, I don't have a quote/source.) Which begs the question, given Baby Bowser's strong resemblance to Bowser Jr. (in MLPIT, anyway), why doesn't Bowser mistake his younger self for his son?
Yeah, that always bothered me. I'm inclined to think that Baby Bowser's character design in PiT was just a mistake or something, and that Baby Bowser didn't actually look exactly like Bowser Jr. Otherwise, we'd pretty much have to presume that the present events of PiT took place before Bowser Jr. was born, and unless there was some kind of magic or accelerated growth or something (or Koopas have very different rates of aging than humans), that would pretty much necessitate a gap of about a decade in between LM and SMS, which doesn't seem to be the case (although the fact that the "King Boo" in SMS is not at all the same one as in LM certainly helps things).

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General Chat / Re: The HOPEFUL thread: Be happy here!
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:11:19 PM »
I got a girlfriend about a month and a half after getting glasses.

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Forum Games / Re: The Pointless Topic!
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:09:47 PM »
Hid a Like recommendation for Suicide Girls on Facebook. My "Other" reason: "Don't rub it in."
Yes; rubbing it out tends to work better.

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Mario Chat / Re: Numbers and Dates in the Mushroom World
« on: January 22, 2013, 06:34:11 PM »
Quote from: E. Gadd, Present
Heh heh heh. Now, now, no need to get your leather lathered. There've been new time holes popping up here faster than toast on Sunday morning!
[source]

Possible interpretations:
  • One of the days of the week in the Mushroom World is called Sunday, a name that they came up with independently, named after their own sun (or suns -- the Angry Sun and the sun in Flower Fields come to mind. Brighton and Twila from Mario Party 6 also suggest that there may be something resembling sun and moon worship at some level). This explanation can also apply to any mentions of Mondays (moon); any other day would require more explanation, as they are named after specific Earth deities.
  • Gadd is from Earth, or spent time on Earth at some point, and picked up some Earth slang. Perhaps the Gadd in the past studied the time holes and was able to use the same concept to develop a method of travel between Earth and the Mushroom World (with the timeline modifying itself along the way, as it is prone to do in PiT).
  • Translation convention. Gadd actually used a word referring to a Mushroom day of the week, but Nintendo translated it to an Earth day for our convenience.
  • For one reason or another, the Mushroom World has the same seven-day week as us, with the same names, but the numbers and dates are different.

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Not at the Dinner Table / Re: What's your opinion on swearing/cussing?
« on: January 21, 2013, 06:48:50 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYYBJ8XRdh4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYYBJ8XRdh4</a>

(this video has a swear word in it)

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Mario Chat / Re: Mario Timeline
« on: January 21, 2013, 03:17:37 AM »
Very nice. Much less fanficcy than my timeline attempts, I must admit.

Any ideas on where the present/future part of Yoshi's Island DS (Adult Bowser traveling back in time with Kamek to kidnap the Star Children in the past) might go? I can't remember if there were any hints about that ingame.

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Latest News / Re: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon U.S. release date announced
« on: January 18, 2013, 05:56:12 PM »
I think they heard my complaints about the game not having textures and they didn't quite get it.

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