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 on: Today at 11:20:13 AM 
Started by Elijah - Last post by Mor Ephrem
What had you eaten to have such a dream Mor? Something rotten surely!

Honestly, I had a salad.  Lent is a terrible ordeal for me. 

 on: Today at 11:19:14 AM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by TheTrisagion
Worse than evil, he was simply uninteresting as can be gleaned from the caliber of fan he attracts.
Unlike Heidegger, who always attracts the most lovely people.

 on: Today at 11:17:01 AM 
Started by Elijah - Last post by TheTrisagion

I am greatly disturbed by this, yet I can't look away...

 on: Today at 11:15:36 AM 
Started by Adela - Last post by TheTrisagion
Tea and coffee are interchangeable now?

Mate tea is a very strong stimulant, which even the Pope drinks.

Even the British flavors of tea contain caffeine.
Coffee has way more caffeine in it than tea does.

I do always enjoy a good steaming cup of chai tea though. Not at all the same as British flavors, but delicious all the same.

For Denise .... the original remark was from your friend, TheTrisagion.
I prefer to think of myself as a friend to all mankind.

 on: Today at 11:08:48 AM 
Started by Maximum Bob - Last post by Maximum Bob
Still don't know that but my wife discovered yesterday that her sister is having a baby shower that day for her second child and is rather upset. She figures all of her family will go to that, which seems likely given that we live 6 hours away from them.

 on: Today at 10:48:32 AM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by Minnesotan
Well, Samuel H. Moffett claimed to find some influences from "Jingjiao" on Chinese Buddhism.

Regarding Japan, there's this article (http://www.atour.com/religion/docs/20001221d.html) claiming that "one of the most sacred objects of the Nishi Honganji Buddhist Temple, founded by Kobo Daishi in 806 after his contact with a Nestorian Christian monastery in Beijing, is 'the Lord of the Universe's Discourse on Almsgiving,' a commentary on the Sermon on the Mount and other Matthean passages."

 on: Today at 10:46:26 AM 
Started by Elijah - Last post by Philipa
What had you eaten to have such a dream Mor? Something rotten surely!

 on: Today at 10:32:49 AM 
Started by Adela - Last post by DeniseDenise
Not sure why you all keep framing this in terms of 'charity' rather than a feel good thing.

Also not sure why it's being framed and spoken about as a
'You can do this, I will go give to a real charity'

They are not mutually exclusive. No one says 'oh sorry. No charity, I bought someone coffee today, that clears my obligation'
And for all anyone knows, the coffee buyers of this world also help the homeless. Don't presume to judge the unseen actions of others.

Now yes, the idea might be stupid, but it is hardly earthshaterringly harmful.

Nor is it all that big a deal to say 'nah. I will just pay for my own today, pass the paid for coffee to the car behind me'
If one isn't mature enough to do that rather than feeling guilt from a clerk at a store, the problem isn't about the coffee.

 on: Today at 10:25:51 AM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by Ebor
Well, it's not such a stretch to say there may have been Christians in Japan in the 600s. There certainly were quite a few in China (led by the missionary Alopen) from 635 onward, and the religion was known as "Jiangjiao". Some archaeological evidence, and anecdotes among locals, suggests that there may have been Assyrian influence in Japan, too. The way Buddhism is practiced in these regions may indicate Christian influence at some point in the past.

Hello, Minnesotan. Welcome to the forum.  Smiley

Would you happen to recall what the archeological evidence and anecdotes are please?  What part of Buddhism in Japan do you think might be influenced by "Nestorian" Christianity?  

Here is the link to a thread on Japan from some time back:

 on: Today at 09:58:39 AM 
Started by Ansgar - Last post by Ansgar
I would really appreciate if someone could clarify to me what exactly is going on in Ukraine, because I keep hearing stories about orthodox fanatics kidnapping and murdering protestants.

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