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  •  Don't short shrift neat-o forms of Christianity. (4+ / 0-)

    There's all kinds of great Christian theology.  I'm not a christian myself, but I do enjoy history of theology - there's just lots of cool shit out there that rivals buddhism & hinduism in neat-o-ness (I've studied the latter in a decent deal of depth; the former not as much).  Paul Tillich, a truly stellar theologian in his own right, is a good roadmap to badass history of christian theology.  

    •  A link to a series of Tillich lectures (1+ / 0-)
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    •  I Am Getting Myself In Over My Head Here (5+ / 0-)

      But I tend to like what was said here:

      As long as humans see themselves at the top of the pyramid, rather than merely one member of the ecosystem; and as long as Rapturists (and even mainline Christians) view the Earth as little more than a way station, there will be little encouragement to treat nature responsibly.

      I am just a party of the pyramid. The animals that share my house reinforce that point every day.

      Let us not forget New Orleans. Visit Project Katrina.

      by webranding on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 06:22:31 PM PST

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      •  That's the spirit! (2+ / 0-)
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        Deloria points out also that because the animals and the rest of nature are seen as equal with us, there are myths and other lore about people changing into animals and vice versa.  These are not well understood by Christians and are used by them to show how "primitive" the tribal beliefs are.  To me they show  the opposite.  As a scientist who studies complexity theory I find far more of a sophisticated understanding of the complexity of nature in the Native American view.

        Language can be a prison at times.  The word "equal" as used here has many nuances.  Just as it has in our Declaration of Independence.

        An idea is not responsible for who is carrying it. It stands or falls on its own merits.

        by don mikulecky on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 06:45:04 PM PST

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    •  Tillich is discussed at length in the book (2+ / 0-)
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      Deloria does not see him as "neat-o" however.  I read most of his work and was really impressed back then.  Now I think I'll go with the Native Americans.

      An idea is not responsible for who is carrying it. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 06:36:39 PM PST

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