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Posts Made By: John Hopkins

March 11, 2004 05:02 PM Forum: Religion

Re: Why I think 'The Passion' is evil...

Posted By John Hopkins

>>I think it's evil because it never happened<<

Wait a minute, are we talking the question of whether Jesus was divine or whether he had a hellish execution? Since there's nothing supernatural about the latter I don't see why it requires debunking.

>>it lacks historical correlation<<

But politics, religious fanaticism/persecution, plain stupidity, cowardice (Pilate), and crucifixion *as such* were all features of that era. It could easily have happened just like that, hence I don't find it worth denying.

>>I consider it one of the most anti-semitic pieces of trash ever written.<<

You're going to have to explain that one a little better. There were Jews calling for the crucifixion and Jews horrified by it, not to mention the sadistic Roman torturers were offset by other Roman occupiers who didn't understand why this powerless man deserved such treatment.

>>The 3rd Reich would've loved this film<<

My GF loved this film, and somehow didn't make this leap to "Every Jew is responsible for Christ's death." Maybe you should check your own assumptions, or watch it again.

March 13, 2004 07:23 PM Forum: Takahashi

Info on Tak t-mount adapters

Posted By John Hopkins

I've got a Ricoh SLR, but the Tak t-mounts are all designated for other mfrs (Nikon, Pentax, etc.). Anyone have an idea which would work with a Ricoh?

March 21, 2004 09:01 PM Forum: Religion

Does this make any sense?

Posted By John Hopkins

Apparently it's not enough to fight against evolution in school textbooks, now it's spread to 'offensive' novels including To Kill A Mockingbird and The Martian Chronicles. What on earth is the problem with *those*?

March 26, 2004 12:37 AM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

FS102 on a new CG5

Posted By John Hopkins

Finally got a decent mount after a month of owning the scope. The CG5 is one of the new ones with goto. Was going to get myself in the pic but it started to rain so will have to get to that later. The diagonal is a WO.

April 6, 2004 02:53 PM Forum: DVDs and Music and Books That You Recommend


Posted By John Hopkins

Just picked up this DVD for 8 bucks. It's Peter Bogdanovich's first film as director and surprisingly good -- not sure why it's been so obscure. What's really cool is to see Boris Karloff being so good in one of his last movies. Highly recommended.

April 10, 2004 11:50 AM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

April 13, 2004 01:55 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Re: Didja ever notice that

Posted By John Hopkins

I only wish I could attend NEAF one of these years.

April 16, 2004 01:06 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Random quote of the day

Posted By John Hopkins

"The fuchsia is the world's most carefully spelled flower."
--Jimmy Barnes

April 19, 2004 10:52 AM Forum: Off Topic Discussions


Posted By John Hopkins

"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage."
--Mark Russell

April 23, 2004 10:45 AM Forum: Religion

Informal poll: is she right?

Posted By John Hopkins

Christian woman decides to fight town ordinance that would allow muslim church to broadcast call to prayer over loudspeaker:

I admit I can't make up my mind on this one. I've been listening to church bells my whole life without a second thought, other than to use it occasionally to check my watch.