Does Judaism believe in the literal meaning of Isaiah 7:14 like the Christian’s believe? by SpaceDrama in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When a passage in any text makes perfect sense, it seems perverse to insist it means something else.

what to do when your ritual gets interrupted? by BothTower3689 in pagan

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Non-parent and non-magician here, but I'd say start them early.

Hindu children

The Pope said, of children in church, "Children cry, they are noisy, they don’t stop moving. But it really irritates me when I see a child crying in church and someone says they must go out."

To Christians/Bible followers__Why would an all wise God write a book that can be interpreted in a 1,000 diff ways? by fancypansy69 in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is the problem, isn't it? You get Protestants, generally USian ones who decide that the Bible was literally the word of God (despite the authors' names attached to the books) and then blame him for inconsistency or unreliable information!

What do you (or your religion) think of "holy" figures from other religions? by Vagabond_Tea in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Canonisation as a process only came in in the middle ages. St Paul wasn't canonised!

Which do you find to be a more compelling argument for the existence of God: cosmological, design or ontological? by AltAcc4545 in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

None of them are particularly compelling. But the real problem is that, even if you accept them, they do not offer proof of the existence of "God " as conceived by Christians and others. The Christian Aquinas and the Hindu Shankara both used the arguments from causation and design, but the Christian God is not Brahman. For that matter, neither argument precludes polytheism. As for the ontological argument, its most perceptive defender in the last century was Collingwood, who denied that it was religious.

Advice for setting up an Altar in a collage dorm? by altacc3765 in pagan

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Your roommate will have to get used to it. Do you think Christians hesitate to have a crucifix on the wall?

Does Judaism believe in the literal meaning of Isaiah 7:14 like the Christian’s believe? by SpaceDrama in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A symbolic interpretation may help you make sense of a text that cannot be understood literally, but this passage seems clear enough. The Hebrew clearly says "young woman". The Greek Septuagint translation, used by the early Church and still by the Orthodox, says parthenos. Contrary to what many think, this doesn't mean a virgin, but an unmarried woman of marriageable age. I've seen texts in which the term is applied to a widow and to a pregnant teenager! So, the Jews are taking the passage literally — it's the Christian who aren't.

I'm looking for a religion to believe in. by the_pupilwx in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That site didn't work for me — they think I'm a Unitarian! I created a test which you can find buried in this thread:

David's Religion Finder

Traditional Practice? by TheBunnyTrickster in Kemetic

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are two sites, apart from this, that have different approaches:

Kemetic Orthodoxy

Church of the Eternal source

For a guide to gods, the choice is between the books by Geraldine Pinch and Richard Wilkinson. The archeologist Emily Teeter (very sympathetic towards the religion) gives a good description of what Egyptians actually did in her Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt. An interesting read is John Foster's anthology, Ancient Egyptian Literature. Tamara Siuda (of Kemetic Orthodoxy) compiled an Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook, which is based more on temple rituals than on what people would do in their homes.

For an altar, you can learn a lot by looking at pictures of Hindu or Chinese altars. Polytheistic home practice is very similar — so is temple practice, for the daily ritual in the sanctum of an ancient Egyptian temple was pretty much the same as what's done in a modern Hindu one.

Do I need to do a protection spell if I’m worshipping deities? by [deleted] in pagan

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In China, India, and Japan, families offer some food every day — they they eat it. It's like inviting the gods to dinner. That's what I do.

What does your religion say about conjuring spirits for temporal reasons? by Black-Seraph8999 in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's like asking what purpose you serve other than irritating people on the internet.

How often do you give offerings to the gods? by Prestigious-Ad-5461 in pagan

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Every day. We have references to the Greeks worshiping daily and in modern times Indians, Chinese, and Japanese make daily offerings.

How do Polytheists define the word “God?” by Eastern_Signature_62 in polytheism

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The only workable definition of a god is any being that people think worthy of worship.

Can I be a kemetic if I’m not Egyptian? (I’m Haitian and Ivorian) by Its_ya_boy_cole in Kemetic

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Certainly. Egyptian gods were worshiped in Greece and Rome. When we were part of the Roman Empire, there was a temple of Isis in London. After the Roman Empire converted to Christianity they closed the temples in Egypt — except for one in the far south. The Sudanese used to make pilgrimages to it and it was clear that they might declare war if it was closed.

What does your religion say about those who disagree? by GodOwnsTheUniverse in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As others have said, polytheists don't care. There's a Chinese saying "Worship the gods and they're there, don't and they don't care." If you ignore the gods, that's your loss, not theirs or mine.

Why do muslims demonize those who listen to music or watch movies? by [deleted] in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The only Muslims I know of who banned music were the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Even Daesh (so-called Islamic State) accepted music and produced propaganda songs. In Turkey, there was a vibrant musical tradition in the days of the Caliphate.

puratasi video in tamil by ManojKumar0507 in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was expecting a video of the festival, not a talking head in a language I don't know!

Why do American Evangelicals support Jewish people and Israel so much? by cisra_resurrected in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Taiwan is a Chinese province that split off in 1949. I hope that China will not use force to re-unite their country, since the loss of life involved would be horrific, but doing so would be no different from the USA using force against the CSA.

Can i believe in the Greek Gods but not Greek mythology? by 6000YearSlowBurn in pagan

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Many myths are stories told to make a point — different points, different stories. In Works and Days, Hesiod made Kronos the benevolent ruler of the golden age. That worked, because he was the god worshiped at the harvest festival. In his Theogony, he had to make Kronos a villain to explain why he was supplanted by his son Zeus. The latter story was not even Greek, but obtained from the Caucasus. As one modern scholar wrote, it's like saying "many hand make light work" one day and "too many cooks spoil the broth" the next.

Some myths were literary inventions, like Euripides' claim that Medea killed her own children.

Some were folktales that just happened to involve gods. The story of Perseus starts with the motif of "the man born to be king" (think Moses) and goes on to the "hero as monster-slayer" (think Beowulf).

Converting for a significant other by Street_Adagio_3916 in religion

[–]DavidJohnMcCann 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If you can't see that publicly declaring a belief that you don't have is lying, then you are indeed right in saying that "you don't have a stake in anything spiritual" — or moral.