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  1. Comment on Abolish the Priesthood: To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy—and take the faith back into their own hands. in ~humanities

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    I'm not sure the victims of the clergy's culture of secrecy are inherently Episcopalian or Presbyterian so much as abused women and children. This article is written specifically in response to...

    The Catholic Church shouldn’t have to change so fundamentally like that just to appease people that are better off as Episcopalian, Presbyterian, etc.

    I'm not sure the victims of the clergy's culture of secrecy are inherently Episcopalian or Presbyterian so much as abused women and children. This article is written specifically in response to concerns around predatory priests and whether the spiritual goals of Catholicism are compatible with people who have this kind of unrestricted influence and trust.

  2. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    I suspect Dany ends up having to take King's Landing from (f)Aegon rather than Cersei. And it's likely it really will be a "people love him and fear me" type of difference instead of expecting...

    I suspect Dany ends up having to take King's Landing from (f)Aegon rather than Cersei. And it's likely it really will be a "people love him and fear me" type of difference instead of expecting them to not side with Dany over Cersei, who we all know rules through fear already.

    There is probably going to be a big greyscale epidemic as well. So perhaps Dany besieges King's Landing, Greyscale starts to take the city since they're all penned in, and she burns them all as a necessary purge. This gives her a nasty reputation, so she ends up leaning into it and becomes the burninator in chief.

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  3. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    Let's send all our criminals and disinherited nobles with chips on their shoulders up to join an independent, self-governing standing army. We can then ban them from having the civilizing...

    In this episode, they said the Night's Watch still exists because they need a place to send people that don't belong in the Kingdom.

    Let's send all our criminals and disinherited nobles with chips on their shoulders up to join an independent, self-governing standing army. We can then ban them from having the civilizing influences of family life or any social connections to anyone outside this order. What could go wrong?

    12 votes
  4. Comment on Christian Couple Posed As Orthodox Jews To Convert Neighbors in ~news

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    The point of a religion is to develop your spiritual connection to God, not to engage in some megalomaniacal world domination scheme to make everyone like you.

    The point of a religion is to develop your spiritual connection to God, not to engage in some megalomaniacal world domination scheme to make everyone like you.

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  5. Comment on Abolish the Priesthood: To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy—and take the faith back into their own hands. in ~humanities

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    Anti-reformists day this any time someone wants anything to change though. Things are fundamental and inseparable until someone comes up with something that works better.

    Anti-reformists day this any time someone wants anything to change though. Things are fundamental and inseparable until someone comes up with something that works better.

  6. Comment on The Race is on to Make the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ in ~tv

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    A show that actually rewards breathless, batshit theorizing too. . .

    A show that actually rewards breathless, batshit theorizing too. . .

    2 votes
  7. Comment on The Race is on to Make the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ in ~tv

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    GoT took some time to find its audience too. I can see a show like Westworld getting similar cultural appeal.

    GoT took some time to find its audience too. I can see a show like Westworld getting similar cultural appeal.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Abolish the Priesthood: To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy—and take the faith back into their own hands. in ~humanities

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    For sure. But I don’t think James Carroll is under any illusions about how hard it would be. He’s a former priest himself after all.

    This is much easier said than done, and Anglicanism is still considered a protestant denomination.

    For sure. But I don’t think James Carroll is under any illusions about how hard it would be. He’s a former priest himself after all.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    And this is why writing is hard. . . everyone reads things differently ;-)

    And this is why writing is hard. . . everyone reads things differently ;-)

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Abolish the Priesthood: To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy—and take the faith back into their own hands. in ~humanities

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    No, you could also establish a separate or parallel set of church traditions and culture the way the Anglican Church did. Henry VIII was still big on the Church's doctrine and traditions and...

    If you reject much of the church traditions and culture, you really only have the Bible to stand on (Sola Scriptura).

    No, you could also establish a separate or parallel set of church traditions and culture the way the Anglican Church did. Henry VIII was still big on the Church's doctrine and traditions and literally just wanted to break from the authority of its clergy.

    Many Catholics view Biblical literalism and fixation on the Bible alone as a form of idolatry, believing it prioritizes the book and its contents over actual spiritual connection. That wouldn't go away just because the priesthood did. Even Presbyterians kind of get this since they established a sort of "Eldership" governance structure instead.

    Speaking as a Hindu, the traditions and culture are numerous and extremely diverse, but are all still part of a single religious identity. There is just a framework for continuous reinvention built into the religion. Tradition and orthopraxy--according to the particular rites of your family, caste, village, and patron deity--are actually held in higher regard within some branches of Hinduism than direct scriptural references are. And the guru/family-centric structure of the religion is set up to permit continual renewal of the traditions and culture around the kernels of fundamental truth.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    That's. . . the joke

    That's. . . the joke

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Abolish the Priesthood: To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy—and take the faith back into their own hands. in ~humanities

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    Seems more like he's talking about putting some of the ignored goals of Vatican II into practice. The casting of Protestantism as being entirely about opposition to corruption in the Catholic...

    Seems more like he's talking about putting some of the ignored goals of Vatican II into practice.

    Vatican II advanced numerous reforms of liturgy and theology, ranging from the jettisoning of the Latin Mass to the post-Holocaust affirmation of the integrity of Judaism. Decisively, the council defined the Church as the “People of God,” and located the clerical hierarchy within the community as servants, not above it as rulers. The declaration, though it would turn out to have little practical consequence for the clergy, was symbolized by liturgical reform that brought the altar down from on high, into the midst of the congregation.

    The casting of Protestantism as being entirely about opposition to corruption in the Catholic Church is partly a Lutheran telling of history. There was a lot more political reality to it and it included a lot of princes who weren't well connected with the clergy having an excuse to break from it.

    I'm not a theologian, or even a Christian really, but as I understand it Protestants also have a lot of basic theological differences with Catholics beyond just the existence of a clergy, and while many of them are progressive and humanistic many others were pretty retrograde. Protestants are pretty fundamentalist about the inerrancy of the Bible and insist it is the only source of knowledge of God. Catholics revere the Bible, but also consider Church traditions and culture as part of their spiritual understanding, including the presence of saints.

    There's also a bunch of differences in how they view the nature of grace, salvation, and communion that I only vaguely understand.

    So basically, you can go the anarchist route of wanting to dismantle the Church's organizing structure without actually agreeing with much else that is standard Protestant belief. Catholicism has holy orders, monastic schools, a tradition of mysticism, and various traditions and rituals that Protestans tend to think of as the devil's work.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    Well it’s easy when someone else does all the writing and you can show up at the end to make random line edits that don’t have to take any production considerations into account.

    Well it’s easy when someone else does all the writing and you can show up at the end to make random line edits that don’t have to take any production considerations into account.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake in ~tv

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    Yeah. I intend to watch a few movies and then close my subscription at the end of the next month once GoT is over. The main draw now is to watch the Deadwood movie. I’ll probably renew it once...

    Yeah. I intend to watch a few movies and then close my subscription at the end of the next month once GoT is over. The main draw now is to watch the Deadwood movie.

    I’ll probably renew it once Westworld comes out though. I actually like having HBO a lot, but Crashing and High Maintenance aren’t worth $15 a month for me. Big Little Lies is really good too, but I’ll probably just catch up on it when I renew for Westworld. It doesn’t have as much of a “water cooler” effect so I don’t care about being spoiled.

    The movies are nice as well, but just renting them for $5 a pop from iTunes winds up cheaper than paying HBO for how seldom I get around to watching them.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What cultural misunderstandings have you experienced? in ~talk

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    I don’t really remember that being much of an issue, but I was bullied pretty savagely for my accent and general foreignness so in those respects I had to adapt quickly.

    I don’t really remember that being much of an issue, but I was bullied pretty savagely for my accent and general foreignness so in those respects I had to adapt quickly.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What cultural misunderstandings have you experienced? in ~talk

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    As an Indian, I was never acculturated into the American norm of saying "please" and "thank you" for everything. I moved here when I was 6 and it's been almost 30 years and I'm still not fully...

    As an Indian, I was never acculturated into the American norm of saying "please" and "thank you" for everything. I moved here when I was 6 and it's been almost 30 years and I'm still not fully used to it. On some level saying "please" for routine stuff still makes me feel like I'm begging people just to exercise some baseline level of consideration.

    Saying "thank you" for basic things has become more habitual for me, but when I hear it from others it sounds cloyingly sweet, like someone is groveling or sucking up to me.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on What's an important life lesson that you learned far later than you should have? in ~talk

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    Marie Kondo actually helped me with this. People get fixated on her decluttering process, but that's really just a vehicle to change your relationship to your stuff. The idea isn't that you should...

    Marie Kondo actually helped me with this. People get fixated on her decluttering process, but that's really just a vehicle to change your relationship to your stuff. The idea isn't that you should just buy and dump stuff in a cycle of consumption. You develop a sensitivity to what you actually need and what actually makes you happy so you only get things that you know will foster joy in the future.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Group Chats Are Making the Internet Fun Again in ~tech

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    Discord has become the home for a lot of former online community forums I used to be on. It seems like all the old IRC channels and bulletin boards have steadily been migrating. It's a little...

    Discord has become the home for a lot of former online community forums I used to be on. It seems like all the old IRC channels and bulletin boards have steadily been migrating.

    It's a little different and less suited for long-form discussions, but it really is a much more human connection than the advertising-focused, sanitized profiles that conventional social media has devolved into.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Angry Birds and the end of privacy in ~tech

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    A good practice is to periodically just delete anything you haven't used for more than a few months. If it's actually useful you can just redownload it. The only seldom used apps I keep are things...

    I don't have a lot of apps on my phone, but I think it's time to see if there are any apps that I can delete.

    A good practice is to periodically just delete anything you haven't used for more than a few months.

    If it's actually useful you can just redownload it. The only seldom used apps I keep are things that I might need where cell reception is bad or I'm stuck on spotty public WiFi. This is mostly travel or transportation related stuff like Kayak, Hotel Tonight, Maps.me, various airline apps, Uber/Lyft, etc.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Angry Birds and the end of privacy in ~tech

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    One thing this article misses is the world before the App Store that started out a lot of this. Facebook was lousy with apps, like FarmVille, which were whale hunts with crazy invasive ad tracking...

    One thing this article misses is the world before the App Store that started out a lot of this. Facebook was lousy with apps, like FarmVille, which were whale hunts with crazy invasive ad tracking built it. They really cut their teeth there before moving on to the App Store.

    Facebook even tried to continue chasing that dragon once Apple took the market by trying to release the Facebook phone and a proprietary Facebook internet. Thankfully that gambit failed.

    3 votes