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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

NeoNote — Protected

The popular American Christian concept of Satan isn't what it started as. Originally the Hebrew Adversary was a tester of faith, not a nearly all powerful god of evil. In short, that Satan can't tempt you unless the temptation is there to begin with.



I disagree. I realize it's a cornerstone of your faith, but tain't mine.



That's closer to the original. It also fits a number of folktales and mythologies.

There's a sort of protection that derives from the collective belief of your culture and faith. As long as you are a "member in good standing" and your culture is true to itself, you can't be touched without permission by spirits. Break the rules and you're fair game.

Which incidentally is the plot to almost every supernatural horror film ever made.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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“We are the Pagans who have moved on”

Inspiring words

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Okay, rain break over

The piece I should have done Tuesday

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NeoNotes — IQ is culture dependent

It's not that they don't have the raw ability, most just don't have the skills.

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Skeins

I want to choose my own

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One thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads

If there is one thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads, it's this: Christianity is not the source of all that is good and righteous in our society. Other cultures and other faiths have contributed heavily. It's amazing that I even have to mention this where one house of the national legislature is called the Senate and the other has a ceremonial fasces. Even The Magnificent Seven was a remake.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Judaism

Pardon, but Judaism wasn't the original monotheism. Akhenaton introduced Atenism in Egypt, which may have influenced the development of Semitic polytheism into monotheistic Judaism.
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Borrowed

I know that when you borrow from another culture you should honor those elements.
     — NeoWayland
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