Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by TheHouseAlwaysWins, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. TheHouseAlwaysWins

    TheHouseAlwaysWins Still Mildly Glowing

    Nov 28, 2015
    So do any of you have any kind of interest in religion? I mean a serious interest in studying religion.

    I have personally read the first five books of the Old Testament and I plan on continuing.

    I want only positive comments on this thread as I am interested in the topic of theology.
  2. Fizzycswag

    Fizzycswag First time out of the vault

    Jul 15, 2018
    Christianity I guess
  3. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    Share your thoughts afterward, pretty hardcore stuff:
  4. CT Phipps

    CT Phipps Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Sep 17, 2016
    I'm a Christian Jedi.

  5. Alphons

    Alphons National Beholder

    Aug 9, 2017
    I'm kinda Catholic.
  6. MPPlantOfficial

    MPPlantOfficial Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Aug 24, 2017
    Whether you're religious or not, religious lore has some good stories.
    And these adaptations are amazing:
  7. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010

    I love that film, Plagues scene in particular.
  8. iridium_ionizer

    iridium_ionizer Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Jul 24, 2007
    When I first read through the entire Old Testament, I laughed to myself how males were referred to in the KJV.

    1 Samuel 25:34
    For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
  9. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    Anything that evolves piques my interest, religion included. I find many mythologies fascinating, but in particular I am interested in the older mythologies, the "stem-religions" if you will, such as Sumerian religion.

    Many religions through time has placed deities right here on earth, in flesh and blood, as emperor "god kings", and in Sumerian religion this is very prevalent as well. Deities and historical figures blend and intermingle. The Sumerian list of kings consists almost entirely of deities in the beginning of the list, with some ridiculous longevity-claims attached to each ruler, in particular the first five (there's claims of lifespans lasting over 40 000 years)

    I also like how ancient Sumerian cities would be dedicated entirely to one deity or another, giving whole cities a certain personality - even a certain purpose. This pattern has developed independently in later civilisations throughout history, but there's something remarkable and unique about these *very first* examples of this strange social dynamic.

    Prior to city states and god-kings, these populations were nomadic shepherding tribes, foragers and fishing communities, and they very likely worshipped personified stars/celestial bodies, for example a very obvious candidate, the planet Venus, who became personified as the goddess Inanna as early as 5000 BC, a deity of duality, love plus war, a reflection of it being the evening and morning star