Posted by Luke on February 12, 2000 at 22:08:27:
In Reply to: Re: God, Flash, and American Anime posted by Luke on February 12, 2000 at 22:04:16:
: sorry that the discussion degenerated the way it did.
: the lack of scholarship is not surprising though.
: i was hoping for some intelligent responses to some valid
: questions. it didn't happen. instead there was a stream
: of conjecture, accusation, and misinformation. you didn't
: need scholars to arrive at that conclusion.
: my comments come from a christian perspective. that is
: all. no pretense. personally speaking, my beliefs wouldn't
: mean too much had i not opened all those books you previously
: mentioned and at least pondered and did a bit of comparative study.
: jesus' claims were/are radical. he meant what he said and what he
: said tends to make some people very uncomfortable. everyone has
: strongly held beliefs. when 'artists/animators' throw out erroneous
: information, even on a website like this, should it be ignored? or
: should it be censored? i don't think so. china has it's own 'state
: religions'. that is an 'imposed belief'. in many parts of that country
: other beliefs are not allowed, at least publicly. islam is a very harsh
: religion. i have lived with practicing muslims. they have shared their experiences
: and they live in this country now. hmmm. maybe there is something to that.
: i don't have to be an expert on islam to question why many things
: in that country are censored, especially art. mohammed had how many
: wives? and how many concubines? and the anatomy of women is not allowed to
: be seen in public? what's up with that? when's the last time you saw
: a good nude life drawing come directly out of iran or iraq? what would
: a life drawing class be like over there? men and women there, and you can be sure,
: i discussed this with both sexes, have exactly the same hormone count
: that we do here. and some of them have actually 'misbehaved' too.
: we are all human. i can't and won't try to 'prove' beyond all reasonable doubt
: my personal beliefs. it can't be done. but the 'validity' of what i believe
: can, and is measured by what else is out there.
: i don't need to defend christianity. it clearly stands on it's
: own merits and historical context and authority. nor do i, or
: anyone else need to bash individuals who have others beliefs.
: ultimately, god (the original animator) knows the hearts and minds of every
: one of us. thanks for letting some of the individuals involved 'digress' and
: discuss these 'unrelated' topics on this website. none of us may see
: it, but it'll make a positive difference to someone out there. i
: can't prove that. but i believe it. how about you?
: i'll go away now.
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