— Mahatma Gandhi
I take my Ghostbusters quite seriously…
Winston Zeddemore: Hey Ray. Do you believe in God?
Dr Ray Stantz: Never met him.
Winston Zeddemore: Yeah, well, I do. And I love Jesus’s style, you know… Hey Ray. Do you remember something in the bible about the last days when the dead would rise from the grave?
Dr Ray Stantz: I remember Revelations 7:12…?And I looked, and he opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake. And the sun became as black as sack cloth, and the moon became as blood.”
Winston Zeddemore: “And the seas boiled and the skies fell.”
Dr Ray Stantz: Judgment day.
Winston Zeddemore: Judgment day.
Dr Ray Stantz: Every ancient religion has its own myth about the end of the world.
Winston Zeddemore: Myth? Ray, has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason we’ve been so busy lately is ‘cause the dead HAVE been rising from the grave?
Dr Ray Stantz: [Pause ] How ‘bout a little music?
Winston Zeddemore: Yeah.
Calvin: You know, I don’t think math is a science. I think it’s a religion.
Hobbes: A religion?
Calvin: Yeah. All these equations are like miracles. You take two numbers and when you add them, they magically become one new number! No one can say how it happens. You either believe it or you don’t. This whole book is full of things that have to be accepted on faith! It’s a religion!
— Thomas Jefferson
— Galileo Galilei
Last week, the Vatican announced that today (December 12, which is also the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) Pope Benedict XVI will be the first Pope to join Twitter.
The questions will be curated by the Vatican staff and the Pope will respond via his new Twitter account on December 12th in a live tweeting event at the end of his weekly audience.
@Pontifex will be the Pope’s primary account in English and he will oversee many more accounts in major languages that offer translations of his Tweets, including these:
- Spanish: @pontifex_es
- Italian: @pontifex_it
- Portuguese: @pontifex_pt
- German: @pontifex_de
- Polish: @pontifex_pl
- Arabic: @pontifex_ar
- French: @pontifex_fr
Mormon beliefs are getting a lot of attention these days between Romney stories and The Book of Mormon on Broadway. The lyrics for some of the songs in the show are what got me digging online to find out some background on some of the Mormon beliefs portrayed therein.
It all starts with Joseph Smith, who was a convicted con artist, from Palmyra, New York, who allegedly found golden plates, which he translated to become the Book of Mormon.
He gave a number of different accounts of how he found the plates, but the official church version is that God the father told him all churches were an abomination and he must restore the true gospel.
He translated the gold plates which no one else has ever seen.
I found a site called http://www.top10craziestmormonbeliefs.com/ (which certainly has a bias) that has some other beliefs.
One that surprised me is that the Garden of Eden was on the North American continent and that Adam and Eve began in the upper part of what is now the state of Missouri. “It seems very probable that the children of our first earthly parents moved down along the fertile, pleasant lands of the Mississippi valley.” (John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, three volumes in one, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft 1960, p. 127)
Another belief is in the planet of Kolob. Here’s some inf o on it from Wikipedia:
Kolob - a star or planet described in Mormon scripture as the place where God resides. Reference to Kolob is found in the Book of Abraham, a work published by Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. According to this work, Kolob is the heavenly body nearest to the throne of God. While the Book of Abraham refers to Kolob as a “star”, it also refers to planets as stars,and therefore, some LDS commentators consider Kolob to be a planet. Kolob has never been identified with any modern astronomical object and is not recognized by scholars as a concept associated with any ancient civilization. Kolob is rarely discussed in modern LDS religious contexts, but it is periodically a topic of discussion in criticism of Mormonism. The idea appears within LDS culture, including an LDS hymn about it.
An 1893 engraving depicting Joseph Smith’s description
of receiving artifacts from the angel Moroni. The artifacts
include the golden plates and a set of spectacles made
of seer stones, which Smith called the Urim and Thummim.
The sword of Laban and an ancient breastplate are shown nearby.
When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion."
— Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Emily Dickinson’s Bible - a
The Bible is an antique Volume —
Written by faded men
At the suggestion of Holy Spectres —
Subjects — Bethlehem —
Eden — the ancient Homestead —
Satan — the Brigadier —
Judas — the Great Defaulter —
David — the Troubador —
Sin — a distinguished Precipice
Others must resist —
Boys that ”believe” are very lonesome —
Other Boys are ”lost” —
Had but the Tale a warbling Teller —
All the Boys would come —
Orpheus’ Sermon captivated —
It did not condemn —
Emily loved science, and lived in an age of Darwin. But she also lived in a religious community and was part of a religious family. Evangelical revivals swept through New England while Emily was a teen, and her friends and relatives professed their beliefs.
Not so Emily, she loved the world too much:
“I feel that the world holds a predominant place in my affections. I do not feel that I could give up all for Christ, were I called to die”
By her mid-thirties, Emily has stopped attending services altogether:
“Some keep the Sabbath going to church / I keep it staying at home.”
Yet many of her poems and letters expressed spirituality, and her relationship with God and with religion remained complicated all her life.