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Hi Guys,

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to my post. I am pushed for time at the moment as I am about to attend a football match.

As I do not have time to consider if I have anything to add to your individual posts I do have time to add my own general post.

It is important that we respect people as individuals no matter how their views or beliefs differ from our own. This means we should respect other faiths or peoples lack of faith, though the right to persuade others to your viewpoint should always be retained.

I thought this post would attract people who felt strongly about Christianity either for or against it, I also thought people who held other faiths like Islam would have something to contribute.

I am always taken aback by the anger or force of desire to attack those who hold Christian beliefs portrayed by those who hold Christianity in a low light. I can only think why the strength of desire. At present I am thinking of Lee (who is more than entitled to hold his views).

I am also taken aback by the closed mind (in my view) portrayed be these individuals. The incessant desire to deny that there is any evidence of Christs existence.

Jaq,

I do not have a problem with the Christain church adopting calendar already used by society to celebrate their own festivals. Its convenient and not intrusive into the existing pattern of people's lives.

Stephanie,

I think the required acts of fasting & abstaining have been relaxed over time. I also agree that I used a very broad brush in some of my narrative above. I was simply describing my perception. The evocative language I used is also more likely to create a response from people.

Paul

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Subject Views Written By Posted
Lent: Ash Wednesday 494 Paul Mallon 25-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 167 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 03:38
Mod Comment 171 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:14
Re: Mod Comment 150 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 06:49
Re: Mod Comment 159 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:56
Thanks for that, too! n/t 217 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:14
Thanks for that, Stephanie. n/t 210 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:13
Christian fundamentalism? 174 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:45
LOL! Teasing, Kees? 204 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 10:38
Dead serious Mark 152 Kees 26-Feb-04 11:16
Re: Dead serious Mark 140 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 18:25
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 157 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 149 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 148 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:41
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 162 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:33
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 156 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:10
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 164 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 17:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 294 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 18:18
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 172 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 07:56
Mod remark 163 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:47
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 170 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 17:12
Mod remark 165 Kees 26-Feb-04 17:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 168 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:46
Mod remark 160 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:35
Re: Mod remark 156 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 178 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:05
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 261 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 13:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 196 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:54
Memes, Creeds and Needs 175 Thirdwave 04-Mar-04 12:18
Re: Memes, Creeds and Needs 160 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 151 Paul Mallon 26-Feb-04 17:42
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 160 Ahatmose 04-Mar-04 21:21
Hey, moderator!!!!! 179 Archietype 05-Mar-04 06:08
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 157 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 06:43
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 136 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:07
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 156 Ahatmose 05-Mar-04 13:14
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 205 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:25
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 138 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:29
Historical fact: 156 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 13:56
Re: Historical fact: 170 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 14:50
Re: Historical fact: 161 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:56
Re: Historical fact: 163 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 15:09


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