A controversy is brewing over three reputable Christian organizations, which are based in North America, whose efforts have ousted the words “Father” and “Son” from new Bibles. Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Frontiers are under fire for “producing Bibles that remove “Father,” “Son” and “Son of God” because these terms are offensive to Muslims.”
Har skaffat en anonym och säker VPN-tunnel… Fildelar som om det var nittiotal igen!
2011 Occupy D.C. – 3,000
2011 Occupy Oakland – 20,000
2011 Occupy Wall Street – 30,000
2010 Colbert/Stewart Rally – 200,000
2009 GLBT Equality March – 200,000
1963 Great March on Washington -250,000
2011 March for Life – 400,000+
The fact that religious experience manifests itself in an entirely unmiraculous way does not diminish the reality of religious experience. In fact, it strengthens it. Why? First of all — and this is simply a tedious method of proving that an effect requires a cause — this sort of brain activity is not random. Your amygdala — the part of the brain that controls fear and anxiety — does not randomly ‘turn off’. It turns off in response to the chemical oxytocin released during orgasm (which is why it is impossible to feel fear during that particular event. (In somewhat of a cosmic joke, this also happens during the act of sneezing. (Triple parentheses, alriiigghht…))) But the man who would say, “the good feeling of sex is just the shutting down of your amygdala, and therefore you aren’t really having sex” is on the exact same plane of logic as the atheist who says, “the feeling of religious experience is just the result of decreased activity in your right parietal lobe, therefore you’re not really having a religious experience.”
Bäst är den sista, där de av allt att döma sitter och super med en björn.
In referring to the possibility of chance forming our universe and us, Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time, writes: ”It is a bit like the well-known hordes of monkeys hammering away on typewriters — most of what they write will be garbage, but very occasionally by pure chance they will type out one of Shakespeare’s sonnets” Let us calculate how occasionally the ”very occasionally” will be that a sonnet of Shakespeare will appear.
In William Shakespeare : The Complete Works, all Shakespeare’s known sonnets are listed. All are quite similar in length. Sonnet number 18 in the last has the well-known opening line: ”Shall I compare you to a summer’s day?” The sonnet continues through the usual 14 lines, ending as:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
There are 488 letters in the sonnet. Neglecting the spacing between the words, the chance of randomly typing the 488 letters to produce this one sonnet is one in 26^488. Using the more familiar 10-base decimal system, the chance is one in 10^690. The number 10^690 is a one followed by 690 zeros! The immense scale of this number is hinted at when one considers that since the Big Bang, 15 billion years ago, there have been only 10^18 seconds.
To write by random one of Shakespeare’s sonnets would take all the monkeys plus every other animal on Earth typing away on typewriters made from all the iron in the universe over a period of time that exceeds all the time since the Big Bang and the still the probability of a a sonnet appearing would be vanishingly small. At one random try per second, with even a simple sentence having only 16 letters, it would take 2 million billion years (the universe has existed for about 15 billion years) to exhaust all possible combinations.
Gerard L. Schroeder
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins employs the typing monkey concept in his book The Blind Watchmaker to demonstrate the ability of natural selection to produce biological complexity out of random mutations.
Ja herre min skapare, om inte Dawkins existerade så skulle icke-darwinister behöva uppfinna honom.
The written text that Moses received is divided into five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. In Hebrew, these books are collectively referred to as the Torah (Torh, in Hebrew).
Take the first time the Hebrew letter T appears in the Hebrew version of the book of Genesis. Count out 49 letters from that T and record the next letter, that is, record the 50th letter. Repeat this three times. The result: Torh.
Do it again in Exodus. The same result: Torh.
Do it again in Leviticus. The result: gibberish! However, take the first letter of the four-letter explicit name of God, the word Jehovah when transliterated into English using consonants for the Hebrew name of God and the vowels of the Hebrew word for Lord. Count 7 letters. Repeat this three times. The result: Jehovah (or JHVH in Hebrew).
Now to Numbers. The word Torh appears as the characteristic 49-letter spacing, but backwards. That is, it faces the Jehovah of Leviticus.
Repeat the process in Deutoronomy and get the same result: Torh facing Jehovah.
Why 49 spaces and then the next letter to spell the word Torah? In Leviticus 23:15, we are commanded to count 49 days from Passover and then to celebrate the holiday of Weeks on the next (50th) day. The holiday of Weeks commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
Why the 7 spaces to spell the name of God? The number 7 occupies a special place in the Torah. The Sabbath is the 7th day of the week, the 1st day made holy in the Bible. Traditionally, the Sabbath is a sign acknowledging that God created the universe.