Vacation Across The Nation
Elder's Mill
New York

Food for thought:

"Most people would rather die than think. In fact, they do so."

- Bertrand Russell

What's new:

Pictures from the vacation! Click here!

Awesomely cute video:

And for some interesting reading:
Freethinkers : A History of American Secularism
by Susan Jacoby
This book is fresh air for the lungs of those who defend the separation of church and state. Here, clearly written and without apologetics, is the noble record of the long struggle to retain America's precious freedom of conscience, her pride for two centuries, now under threat from the political Right as never before. -Arthur Miller

The Gnostic Gospels
by Elaine Pagels
Gnosticism's Christian form grew to prominence in the 2nd century A.D. Ultimately denounced as heretical by the early church, Gnosticism proposed a revealed knowledge of God ("gnosis" meaning "knowledge" in Greek), held as a secret tradition of the apostles. In The Gnostic Gospels, author Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon. Without a doubt: Gnosticism celebrates God as both Mother and Father, shows a very human Jesus's relationship to Mary Magdalene, suggests the Resurrection is better understood symbolically, and speaks to self-knowledge as the route to union with God. Pagels argues that Christian orthodoxy grew out of the political considerations of the day, serving to legitimize and consolidate early church leadership. Her contrast of that developing orthodoxy with Gnostic teachings presents an intriguing trajectory on a world faith as it "might have become." The Gnostic Gospels provides engaging reading for those seeking a broader perspective on the early development of Christianity.

Some links to check out:
Joseph Campbell Foundation
ReCreation Foundation
Jesus Seminar & Westar Intitute
Internet Archive
The Nation
Levenger: Tools for Serious Readers
PBS Frontline: from Jesus to Christ - the First Christians
Freedom From Religion Foundation
Secular Coalition for America

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