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Jocelyn and I talk about religion for two and a half hours. 

This gives the listener all the tools they need to properly hate me, without giving them any actual knowledge of religion. 

DO NOT BUY THIS!

Seriously, if you want to learn amazing theological stuff, you should probably seek guidance from people with amazing theological knowledge.  I do not have much theological or philosophical knowledge.   I'm a plebe.  Actual philosophers and theologians will be able to fill a library expressing just how wrong I am about everything in this podcast.   But some people seem to very much want this information ... plus, we made a deal with the political podcast that if enough people actually bought it we would do this ...  so, here it is. 

A few topics covered in this podcast:

- christianity vs. christ follower
- pros and cons of church
- jesus was a buddhist
- lamb and the book of biff
- bokononism
- the flying spaghetti monster
- dude-ism
- some religions say "no stabby" but somehow they end up pretty stabby
- the wheaton eco scale is repurposed to be the wheaton christianity scale and level ten makes it clear that you have given away all your stuff and you forgive everybody to the degree that you are cool if the bad guys kill you
- church is not a showcase for saints but a hospital for sinners
- a feeble attempt to explain hate churches and how to apply those to the wheaton scale.
- paganism
- ethics
- the human condition


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Thanks Jocelyn for the 20 hours of work you put into making this happen!

Thanks Adrien for processing the mp3 file!

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Yes, I "went" there...  More to support the empire.

I, for one, do value your thoughts.  Am hoping next paid podcast will be in the IT area (hint hint), pretty please with $25.00 on top?!

Here's an interesting story, about people and their thoughts.

I was in Cedar Rapids, IA, at a burger joint, for a burger of course.  This was pre-2016 election primaries and I asked random people what good thoughts, about each of the main presidential candidates, they could give me.  Had some interesting replies and made sure it stayed on the positive side, but this one lady shared your sentiments.  She essentially said "I'm not qualified to give my opinions and thoughts".  I lightly pressed and she did share her thoughts.  I then thanked her profusely for sharing them and went on my way, happy in the knowledge she gave me.

I'm abnormal I know, but I think everyone's thoughts are valid, if shared in a respectable way between consenting adults.

Great podcast!!!

Now a quote, for no obvious reason.

An entry in Munch’s diary, dated 22 January 1892, recorded the inspiration for The Scream: “I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun went down – I felt a gust of melancholy – suddenly the sky turned a bloody red. I stopped, leaned against the railing, tired to death – as the flaming skies hung like blood and sword over the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends went on – I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I felt a vast infinite scream through nature.”
from BBC.

 
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So far, all of two people bought this podcast.  It has been sufficiently announced, so I think I am relieved.

Last night Jim said that before moving here he bought my political podcast.  He said that since he was thinking about being an ant here, and moving here to live full time, he wanted to make sure that I wasn't crazy (and "crazy" meaning "different" or "too different").   I suppose this podcast will be a lot like that.

Richard,

You gotta spell it out for me what the IT stuff would be.  Software engineering?  My philosophies on professionalism?  I remember when jocelyn worked at a certain office, I would give her "apathy lessons".  Which I also gave to my cousin. 



 
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paul wheaton wrote:... You gotta spell it out for me what the IT stuff would be.  Software engineering?  My philosophies on professionalism?  ...



I forget which podcast it was in, but professionalism was already talked about, with the Wheaton professional scale.

Someplace where talked about the political podcast you had eluded there were a couple topics that are generally viewed as "controversial".  Religion being one of them and another being something about the IT world, among a few others.  Am assuming your IT thoughts would be a combination of software engineering and your vision of what the IT world should be like, with a little professionalism thrown in.  Think you've eluded to some thoughts on software engineering in past podcasts, such as a two engineers working together boosts productivity as they share thoughts / best practices / different solutions / etc.

Unsure what else you would have to add to the topic.  As I'm involved in IT am quite interested.

EDIT to add:  Could also broach some topics that Martin Fowler talks about.
 
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I really appreciated the chance to listen in to this. I have a lot of 'issues' with religion having been raised in a religious cult - I think it took thirty years for the brainwashing to release its hold on me if ever I hear any of the trigger words, so being able to listen to this, and not be under any pressure to 'join in', was a godsend for me, even if that is a strange choice of words for an agnostic.  I tend to think that all religions have something to offer and have tentatively stuck my toe into various flavours, including taoism, buddhism, christianity, judaism, and paganism, though I'm still very apprehensive about discussing any of it openly, and my interpretations are liable to change frequently and without notice. 

Thanks for making this podcast, Paul and Jocelyn.  It gave me a rare opportunity to explore my thoughts without fear of any attempts at 'conversion'. 

Thought I'd share this, as it seems to be fitting to the season.



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