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Today's World Census Report
The Most Godforsaken in Philosophy 115
World Census experts studied which citizens seemed least concerned about eternal damnation, spiritual awakeness, and holistic aura chakra wellbeing in order to determine the least godly nations.
As a region, Philosophy 115 is ranked 1,785th in the world for Most Godforsaken.
|1.||The Atheist Empire Ambassador of Superior Intelligence||Corrupt Dictatorship||“Eternal Peace, Wealth and Progress by HIS Intelligence!”|
|2.||The Protectorate of Sunrise from the Sea||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“Ambassador from Nudist Dreamland.”|
|3.||The ☆Star-Spangled Juggernaut☆ of New Old New New York||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Setting the pace since 5 June 2004.”|
|4.||The Fiercely Independent Peoples of Apertior||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Man has to awaken to wonder ó and so perhaps do peoples”|
|5.||The Colony of Pointe-aux-Coques||Left-wing Utopia||“Un jour ce sera notre tour.”|
|6.||The Most Serene Republic of Xampotism||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Happiness, prosperity, security, equality, justice”|
|7.||The Corporate Dictatorship of Postapocalyptic Terror||Compulsory Consumerist State||“Arisen from ruins - Into an era of Glory!”|
|8.||The Gambler's Anonymous of Hoosier Daddies||Anarchy||“Diamonds are wild!”|
|9.||The Kingdom of Naothiel||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”|
|10.||The State of Telgan||Left-wing Utopia||“Work; buy; consume; die.”|
- 2 hours ago: The Republic of Jalleon arrived from The West Pacific.
- 8 hours ago: The Free Land of Die Swart Ruiters Eet Kak departed this region for The Exclusion Zone.
- 8 hours ago: The Free Land of Die Swart Ruiters Eet Kak arrived from The Exclusion Zone.
- 19 hours ago: The Federal Republic of Davefunia departed this region for Europe.
- 19 hours ago: The Federal Republic of Davefunia arrived from The South Pacific.
- 19 hours ago: The Constitutional Monarchy of British Crumpets departed this region for The Third Party.
- 1 day ago: The Republic of Ronolandia arrived from The South Pacific.
- 2 days 4 hours ago: The Kingdom of Lavdrosia arrived from The Pacific.
- 2 days 17 hours ago: The Kingdom of Askos ceased to exist.
- 2 days 18 hours ago: The Republic of Wolfgang von Death arrived from The East Pacific.
Philosophy 115 Regional Message Board
Haha, so it does!
Do you think the story is trying to portray a Jesus who could read and write? Or just someone scribbling mysterious doodles?
If I remember right, the birth narratives involving Bethlehem (instead of Nazareth) were intended to make a connection to David?
Itís true, and also history of thoughts is written by those few that arenít lost to human memory. Of various schools of Indian thought thereís a bunch of literature of mixed quality preserved, and some even translated into contemporary languages. But much has been lost or was destroyed in wars. For example, of various other contemporary teachers when Mahavira and the Buddha lived, the only memory are small notes referring to their basic tenets in the texts of those teachings that continued. According to a story in the Upali Sutta, the Buddha at the time asked the laypeople who listened to him to continue to materially support the various wandering teachers who were dependent on gifts for survival; not just his own followers.
The historically documented Indian ruler whoís always being wheeled out as exemplary is Ashoka (the one with the Edicts of Ashoka).
Less stellar is for example Ajatasatru, who, if a mere fragment of the stories about him are to be believed, came to power usurping and imprisoning his own father, eventually leading to the fatherís death, and waged aggressive wars against neighbours. Thereís even a story where Ajatasatru sends his chief minister Vassakara to the Buddha to ask advice on attacking the Vajji, which, considering heís talking to someone who is teaching not killing as a totally basic precept, is a pretty nasty provocation attempt. The episode portrays a Buddha who does not have any worldly, oratory, or supernatural powers to prevent the likes of Ajatasatru from murdering people, and knows his powerlessness.
Yes, the New Testament consistently portrays Jesus as being able to read and write; at least some of his followers called him 'rabbi'--teacher--although it's doubtful he had any higher-level learning. He is portrayed as being given the honour of reading from the scriptures during a synagogue service.
Jesus is also presented as powerless in the face of unbelief. "A prophet is not without honour except in his home town" and "he could do nothing there except heal a few sick people. He marveled at their disbelief."
I am wondering about that. Disbelief did not stop Jesus from performing other miracles. He performed some miracles in response to others' disbelief, e.g. raising Lazarus, feeding the five thousand, or appearing to Thomas after the crucifixion.
What? You expect consistency in the Bible? between authors??? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! ;)
On a serious note I've had it argued that inconsistency in the Bible is actually an argument in favour of it being written by eye-witnesses. I do expect 100% consistency and the lack of it counts as a serious problem with the theist case, in my view.
We can boast three nations in the top thousand for 'most godforsaken'.
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