[extropy-chat] Religion: Subject Change! How can you Trust Anythingfrom the Bible - Wise Maji or Not?
kevinfreels at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 10 16:13:40 UTC 2004
As much as the church likes to revise its thinking, what are the chances we
can get them to change this whole "creation" thing while they are at it?
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Subject: [extropy-chat] Religion: Subject Change! How can you Trust
Anythingfrom the Bible - Wise Maji or Not?
> WARNING - Subject Line Change!
> Just in case anything thought I was trusting taking anything from the
> as "serious."
> It's an important point (and I'm sure Robert Bradbury would agree). The
> acknowledgement of gender-awareness, in the church or bible, is a bit
> ironic, no matter how funny it seems.
> Courses that I am taking right now are based in social change and what
> specific catalyzing proponents of change do make a difference in the long
> term. In that most of the world is "religious" and has one or another
> belief in superstition or otherworldliness, being aware of what changes
> they make in their own protocol is worth paying attention to. Regardless
> the fact that it is irrational, we must be aware of the entire world's,
> just our own corner of the globe.
> The fact that the "church" is beginning to recognize that there is more
> than one gender that is respected in their myths is at least a small step
> in one aspect of a right direction, even though they are ultimately facing
> I just read a report from Reuters about The Christian Church rethinking
> age-old reference to "Three Wise Men," in deference to gender neutrality.
> Apparently there is a bit of discrepancy and the 17th Century King James
> Bible (70 million readers) made a boo-boo. "Three Wise Men" is now "Three
> Wise Maji" just in case one was a woman.
> "The revision committee said: 'While it seems very unlikely that these
> Persian court officials were female, the possibility that one or more of
> the Magi were female cannot be excluded completely.'
> "There is no theological dispute about the gifts they brought -- gold,
> frankincense and myrrh -- but the prayer has been changed to use the word
> Magi on the grounds that "the visitors were not necessarily wise and not
> necessarily men."
> "The decision was greeted by mocking newspaper headlines like 'The Three
> Fairly Sagacious Persons' and "Is it unwise to call the Magi men?"
> "Anglicans are debating whether words like 'Chairman' can be replaced at
> committee meetings by more neutral words like 'Chair.' (Synod)
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