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St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 18:20:39 in Religion

“Let us not get confused. Jesus is a reasonably provable historical person although many of the stories about him in the gospels are not historical. If you maintain that Jesus is not historical, then the same must be said of Socrates, Homer, Buddha, and many others. There is less concrete proof for their existence than for Jesus.

But God is a matter of faith and neith provable nor disprovable.

In my humble opinion, this is because God exists outside of physical reality - but, of course, I can't prove it.”
St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 14:00:54 in Religion

“My challenge was to point out how silly a dogmatic statement that Jesus never existed is. It's like saying that Homer or Socrates never existed. The Gospels, written in different times and different places by different people, and letters of Paul actually are independent sources, and Paul clearly states that he never knew Jesus but that he knew plenty of people that did. In addition, there are other non-canonical gospels such as the sayings Gospel of Thomas that was found written on papyrus and buried in an ancient pot in Egypt.

In my mind, the historical Jesus the Jewish prophet. undoubtedly existed. Whether he was the Messiah, Son of God, or God (all later Christian interpretations, and gloriously inconsistent) are matters of faith.”
St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 13:52:48 in Religion

“Equally, there is no proof that Homer, Plato, or Socrates existed. Nor is there proof that they didn't.

I'm only talking about Jesus the historical Jewish prophet, not Jesus the Messiah or Jesus the Son of God or Jesus = God, all upgrades he received after his death.”
St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 23:24:12 in Religion

“Exactly. Therefore stating that Jesus could not possibly have been an historical personage is ridiculous.”

w4csc on Dec 8, 2013 at 21:17:06

“So, all these gods also existed because I can't prove the negative they didn't?
http://www.godchecker.com/
Yet, not a single one ever showed his face?  How silly....”
St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 23:23:00 in Religion

“The proof that Jesus did exist is the fact that Paul wrote of numerous people who knew him. The gospels may or may not have been written by the people whose names became attached to them. Luke/Acts was likely written by that person. Somebody said the concordant sayings. This religion didn't just grow out of some mass delusion any more than Islam or Buddhism. This does not mean that everything in the gospels is historical truth. Much is myth and legend attached to a person. But to say that person therefore never existed is a real stretch.

So, I say, if you think that Jesus didn't exist, prove that his existence was impossible because the gospels and Pauline letters prove otherwise.”
St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 23:17:23 in Religion

“No, I said YOU offer proof that Jesus didn't exist.”
White House Acknowledges Obama Lived With Uncle After Previously Denying They'd Met

White House Acknowledges Obama Lived With Uncle After Previously Denying They'd Met

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 22:42:11 in Politics

“The press office got the story wrong because they had not asked the President directly. Pretty dumb, but not lying in THIS case, So do such stupid mistakes actually happen. Of COURSE they do -- all the time! In politics, business, education, religious - you name it. Stupid mistakes and miscommunication are the bane of humanity.”
St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 20:28:52 in Religion

“It comes from pagan practices adopted by the church.”
St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 20:28:11 in Religion

“Jesus never existed? Prove it!”

411piasano on Dec 7, 2013 at 14:21:04

“Funny how Catholics always demand proof! Yet, for them symbolism masqueraded with pomp and ceremony is more than adequate.”

owlafaye on Dec 7, 2013 at 12:12:06

“@sigmetsue......these fanciful gods you present to the world are YOUR presentation, YOUR fancy....therefore the "onus of proof" lies in your hands, not mine.

I don't fancy any god in the sky and feel sorry for someone who embarasses themselves asserting this type of foolishness.

I feel secure in the hands of rational thought, common sense and an extensive secular education.

The wormholes of Christian education contain no marble floors. When you walk in the "Halls of Academia" your forward steps ring out TRUTH.”

jamieson44 on Dec 7, 2013 at 02:00:47

“You took the bait! You challenged him to prove there was not a Jesus, he can challenge you to prove there was. There is only one mention of Jesus outside the Bible. That is of Josepheus a Jew, who became a pawn of the Romans. You cannot uses the Bible as proof as it is not an independent source. I believe there was probably a great prophet called Jesus, but in what capacity? I cannot rely on scripture. Important people through out history are built into mythical proportions as the legends are passed down through the ages. Believing in Christ and God depend on faith, if you don't have faith the whole story becomes suspect. I still have not made up my mind.”

Megg Lindeen on Dec 7, 2013 at 00:03:44

“No need to, since there's no proof to say that he did exist.”

w4csc on Dec 6, 2013 at 23:03:23

“Isn't that kind of backwards? I can't prove there's no Planet XYZ with that kind of reverse reasoning, either....or a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Prove there's no gravity.”

newvoyage on Dec 6, 2013 at 21:50:58

“I'm sure he would be willing to prove that as soon as you prove that Santa Clause doesn't exist. Or the tooth fairy, for that matter.”
Elizabeth Warren: Education Department Shouldn't Be A 'Lapdog'

Elizabeth Warren: Education Department Shouldn't Be A 'Lapdog'

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 20:18:07 in Politics

“One big part of the solution is to make a college education cheaper by having more coursework online such that the profs can post for a fee whatever they want students to listen to, read, do, etc., and when students are ready, they can go to a testing center to take online tests. That way, outstanding professors can teach thousands of students at once.”
Sears Spins Off Lands' End

Sears Spins Off Lands' End

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 15:51:23 in Business

“Sears needs to close most of its stores and go back to its roots as a mail order company.

I'm glad to hear Lands End is being spun off. Sears' takeover ruined it quality-wise.”

newsrev9 on Dec 6, 2013 at 17:53:26

“Too late. It cannot happen now. Good-bye Sears!”

bootsnchaps60 on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:44:15

“Sears/Kmart, and Penny's have similar problems-anchoring older malls and shopping centers. All were better stores before they became mega boxes.”
Police Suspended For Swearing At Students After Fed Up Bus Driver Calls 911 (VIDEO)

Police Suspended For Swearing At Students After Fed Up Bus Driver Calls 911 (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 20:59:49 in Parents

“Yelling at rowdy kids is OK. Cussing is never OK, not for cops, teachers, OR parents. Screaming is not OK either.”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:44:44 in Latino Voices

“The sky is falling! Run!!!”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:40:53 in Latino Voices

“Our country does not have an official language. Freedom of speech includes the right to speak whatever language you want to speak. An employer has the right to insist that employees speak the language that everyone understands, and surely students should get in trouble if they refuse to try to speak English. But to absolutely forbid any other language than English? - how provincial and rude!”

sean713 on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:15:34

“go to mexico”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:38:12 in Latino Voices

“Where is your proof (from non partisan sources) that the Spanish Speaking population is draining our resources -- because I sure have no knowledge of it. And Spanish speakers' kids become fluent English speakers and regular Americans in one generation -- the same as all immigrants have, including your ancestors.”

wrenaroo on Dec 5, 2013 at 15:08:33

“SOME spanish speakers' kids become fluent English speakers and regular Americans in one generation, BUT most do not. That is why we have the debate going here. When a principal has to take measures to keep English the spoken language in class, there is obviously a problem. I personally know 2nd and 3rd generation that can barely speak English because the only place they have that interaction is AT SCHOOL. So to accommodate speaking the language you are comfortable with counteracts learning the new language that is the foundation of your future.

As for my ancestors, they were proud to learn English and encouraged us all to learn to know both...but first came English!”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:35:25 in Latino Voices

“Well maybe Arabs chatter about plots, but Spanish speakers chatter about normal, boring stuff.”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:33:23 in Latino Voices

“You have no idea what you are talking about. I have worked with "those people" for nearly half a century helping them to learn English and succeed. They have sacrificed much to get their children to the US where the kids can have a chance at the American Dream, and their children are much better behaved in school than White and Black kids.”

pjarizona on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:47:10

“We are not talking about the same people. Sure there are loads of "those people" that come here and the ones who want to learn do with the help im sure of people like you. The problem is that's a small %. Most do nothing to help themselves or their children. That is why there are so many kids starting school who can't speak one word of English. Somehow the parents feel its the school's job to do that. NO it is NOT and the sooner they learn that the better off they will be. And if you have been working with them for nearly half a century you of all people should know there are plenty of programs before a child starts school to go to where they can learn English. And also for adults too.”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:29:45 in Latino Voices

“Forbidding Spanish is not the same as encouraging English.”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:29:04 in Latino Voices

“Wow! Great way to make sure Spanish speakers never learn English well, so they can eventually drop out and take low wage jobs.”

chriswilis on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:36:35

“Thank you! Please read my response to basshawgnc”
Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Principal Put On Leave After Trying To Forbid Spanish In Classroom

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:26:50 in Latino Voices

“As a veteran teacher of Mexican American kids, I think this principal is a throw back to the last century. The purpose of language is communication. If a kid has something they need to say, and their English isn't adequate to say it, I have no problem with them saying it in Spanish. But then I made the effort to learn Spanish (not my native language). I think all teachers of immigrant kids should do this, first so they can communicate with their students and students' parents, second so they can appreciate how HARD it is to learn a foreign language perfectly, and third so they don't get anxious when they hear another common language spoken. Of course, English should be the dominant language in the classroom, but absolutely forbidding any other language is rigid and mean.”

Jstovrit on Dec 5, 2013 at 15:11:32

“This article is very "general" it doesnt have the specifics as to if it is a language problem as in trying to translate, or if it is a problem of these kids just talking in spanish rather than english.

Based on you comment , you seem to think its a problem of translation, if thats the case, I doubt there woulb be a "loud speaker" broadcast to not speak spanish in the class. But maybe you are right.

However, I am tempted to think its about the basic disruption during class of these kids just speaking spanish because they want to, not out of translation problems, and in that case the principal is justified.
The journalist should have been a bit more forth coming in exactly what prompted the principal to make the announcement.”

aaactioncorp on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:31:05

“I paid thousands of dollars for my H.S.daughter to study Spanish at a summer college program. First rule, NO ENGLISH in class! Immersion language techniques are the most effective method of learning a language.”

Karin Zoanelli on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:39:02

“let me answer this: My husband is Italian, I am German, we lived in Bermuda - and our daughter spoke all three languages. she and her parents never spoke any foreign language in front of people we knew did not speak ours. simple courtesy
I see nothing good coming out of kowtowing IN SCHOOL to a group of people - no matter how many they are - in every way including their language.
helping them out is, of course, something entirely different.”
D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Minimum Wage Hike

D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Minimum Wage Hike

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 20:22:55 in Politics

“So, you are suggesting that parents solve their minimum wage financial problems by working 12 - 16 hours per day? I actually know people who do this. Their kids are neglected, unfortunately. When employers pay so little that their workers have to work more than 60 hours per week and/or receive welfare assistance to get by, then employers are not paying their workers enough. Either they are being greedy, or they have a non-viable business and should shut down. And - no - I am not one of those people. I just work with them. As for myself, I actually make too much money. I invest more of it back into my rental business than most owners, save much, and give much away.”

KEPCO on Dec 5, 2013 at 09:14:21

“People must be more responsible for themselves! If you dig yourself into a hole, it's your responsibility to dig yourself out! If one spends too much and wastes what they earn, why should I have to bail them out? If you have too many children, Why should I have to support you and them? You read about people on welfare all their lives and get bigger checks by having more kids which should be a crime! Get some of the 47 million back to WORK!”
D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Minimum Wage Hike

D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Minimum Wage Hike

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 19:55:53 in Politics

“Well, California has high wages and taxes. Many leave. Others take their places. Societies with too many low wage workers are inherently unstable unless people are kept in place by the police and military. I don't mean that low skilled workers should be overpaid, but if your wage for an 8 hour day is not enough to pay rent on modest accommodations, buy food for yourself and your children, pay for clothes, transportation, utilities, etc, then it's too low. Low wage workers should not be getting food stamps, housing subsidies, etc. When they have to get these things to make ends meet, then their employers are being subsidized by the taxpayers. And THAT is wrong!”

KEPCO on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:08:43

“Sue, they will do as the rest of us did! Get another job, get 2 jobs, cut spending,step up in jobs, and on and on! There is only 1 way out- Make more or spend less! Back to economics again!”
Colorado Secession Attempt Will Strengthen State, Says Governor John Hickenlooper

Colorado Secession Attempt Will Strengthen State, Says Governor John Hickenlooper

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 19:48:32 in Politics

“Yup, but as my mama always said, 2 wrongs don't make a right.”
D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Minimum Wage Hike

D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Minimum Wage Hike

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 19:47:03 in Politics

“No it is not. And neither are worker safety standards, etc.”
Colorado Secession Attempt Will Strengthen State, Says Governor John Hickenlooper

Colorado Secession Attempt Will Strengthen State, Says Governor John Hickenlooper

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 19:45:56 in Politics

“Neither the Dem nor GOP political parties like CA's new system - quite a recommendation, wouldn't you say? Good luck, Ohio!”
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