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by Dawud
Sun Jun 19, 2005 11:54 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: killing for killing, branding the forehead of the thief ...
Replies: 20
Views: 25754

Hasan, I'm the "guest" of the second post. It gives my name automatically when I post from work, but not from home, and I often let it slide. Here's a bit of trouble-making over the Aqdas. Penalty for adultery is a fine of gold, "to be doubled with each offense." Now calculate how many acts of adult...
by Dawud
Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:31 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Arabic / Persian question ("heart")
Replies: 3
Views: 8282

Arabic / Persian question ("heart")

Does anybody know--what word do the Bab and Baha'u'llah use for for "heart"? I mean the "heart" of the poets, not the muscle that pumps our blood. As I understand matters Persian distinguishes between "garb" (the muscle) and "del" (the metaphysical heart). I'm not sure about Arabic. So when Baha'u'l...
by Dawud
Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:39 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Obedience to government...?
Replies: 1
Views: 6718

Obedience to government...?

What precisely does "obedience to government" entail? If the government is divided into different branches, or political parties, or regional levels, how does one decide which element of the government should receive this loyalty? Is a Baha'i allowed to challenge a governmental ruling through the co...
by Dawud
Sun Jun 12, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: prayer versus "writing"
Replies: 12
Views: 17452

What is the Arabic or Persian word used for "meditation"? I am not sure what the Islamic equivalent would be, and wonder if this was a bit of creative translation. (A century ago, something called "meditation" in English became popular owing to the influence of Theosophists, who thought it reflected...
by Dawud
Sun Jun 12, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: corrections
Replies: 19
Views: 26987

"It's not always easy
"It's not always swell
"Sometimes the truth hurts, little girl
"It can hurt like hell."

--David Bowie, in "Labyrinth"

(sorry, couldn't resist!)
by Dawud
Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Progress in China
Replies: 14
Views: 17690

I'm curious about the situation for Baha'is in Iraq. Anybody know anything, or have a good link?
by Dawud
Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Progress in China
Replies: 14
Views: 17690

The Chinese government officially recognizes five religions: Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Protestantism, and Catholicism (in a form that doesn't recognize the pope). All of these are supervised by national "patriotic" organizations. In addition to these, there exist an uncertain number of "house churche...
by Dawud
Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: September 11th Predicted by Shoghi Effendi???
Replies: 9
Views: 20054

In this case there seem to be multiple, reasonably reliable sources reporting more or less the same sort of statement on S.E.'s part. Moreover, the things which he is reported as saying, are of a piece with other apocalyptic fantasies of the time (whether Christian, spiritualist, or cold-war). All t...
by Dawud
Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:14 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Two Stolen Cases of Baha'u'llah's Last Papers
Replies: 10
Views: 13923

Why do you think Muhammad 'Ali "stole" something? Where is this story coming from? Assuming that these mss. collections really exist, or once existed, aren't these accusations of thievery a bit extreme--a form of backbiting, really? (Unless one of us has definite knowledge of what occurred.) Given t...
by Dawud
Tue May 31, 2005 7:23 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A prophet may come before the end of a thousand years
Replies: 67
Views: 80033

Do you foresee this person as being embraced or rejected by the Baha'i institutions of 1000-or-so years hence?
by Dawud
Tue May 31, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Two Stolen Cases of Baha'u'llah's Last Papers
Replies: 10
Views: 13923

What's your source for this?
by Dawud
Mon May 30, 2005 7:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: September 11th Predicted by Shoghi Effendi???
Replies: 9
Views: 20054

I always thought of him as just a bureaucrat, but from this it seems obvious that Shoghi Effendi was nuts. No wonder the UHJ doesn't like Pilgrim's Notes...
by Dawud
Sun May 29, 2005 8:44 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i "Wish" Prayers? What are they?
Replies: 6
Views: 13118

"Thank you, Saint Jude"!

Or there's the wish-fulfilling mantra of instant enlightenment. Repeat again and again as fast as you can:

OWAH....TAFU....LAYAM....
by Dawud
Tue May 24, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A prophet may come before the end of a thousand years
Replies: 67
Views: 80033

Here's an idea. What if the activities of the UHJ had to be suspended for some reason--let's say its members were all killed during World War III--and some time went by without a functioning UHJ. By the time peace returned and elections were possible, divisions had arisen over the means of election....
by Dawud
Sun May 22, 2005 7:13 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A prophet may come before the end of a thousand years
Replies: 67
Views: 80033

Hey, here's a thought. Maybe Rael (that crazy French UFO guy, got in the news recently for claiming to clone people) IS your next prophet, and you're all going to hell for rejecting him! Except Majnun, who is going to hell for comparing him with Meher Baba. :D Well, it makes as much sense as anythin...
by Dawud
Wed May 18, 2005 4:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: corrections
Replies: 19
Views: 26987

Now we are talking about several things at once, I think. Here's how I read you: 1. Baha'i is growing, not shrinking. (Based on national Canadian statistics and local Canadian observations.) I wish we had better information, and from many more parts of the world. I too am curious to know the true si...
by Dawud
Tue May 17, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: corrections
Replies: 19
Views: 26987

And how many Canadians left the faith during these months, either by choice or through death? (Since many quietly drop out rather than formally disenroll, this information may be hard to come by.) Do you notice more and more people coming to the local groups with which you are familiar? How does the...
by Dawud
Tue May 17, 2005 7:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Qur'an and taking away power from the corrupt.
Replies: 1
Views: 5848

But not before at least a thousand years have passed.

:twisted:
by Dawud
Mon May 02, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Feedback on website
Replies: 6
Views: 11550

I don't get this. What's the purpose of this site? To search for common terms or themes in the Bible, Qur'an, and Kitab-i-Aqdas? But you'd have translation problems between the multiple languages. Anyway why these three? Is it meant to be expanded to other texts later? (One would think Baha'is would...
by Dawud
Wed Apr 13, 2005 3:26 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Budding Bahai
Replies: 16
Views: 29336

I've seen Douglas Martin's piece before. Martin is basically a Baha'i polemicist who objects to people who object to his religion. His major complaint is that Miller uses Azalis, Remey-ites, and other "covenant breakers" as major sources. Presumably he should have stuck with Nabil, Abdul-Baha, and t...
by Dawud
Tue Apr 12, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Budding Bahai
Replies: 16
Views: 29336

As an introduction, I recommend "The Baha'i Faith: Its History and Teachings" by William McElwee Miller. http://www.gospelcom.net/wclbooks/thebahaifaith/ For some reason Baha'is don't seem to like this book--perhaps because the author neglected to convert to Bahaism, or because he brings up some stu...
by Dawud
Tue Apr 12, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Democratic-Peace and the Lesser Peace
Replies: 9
Views: 13835

The spirit of the recent events in Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine strikes me as antithetical to Baha'i authoritarianism. (You also have pseudo-elections, remember.) Or perhaps you too will experience some sort of reform movement, a "Talisman's revenge"...?
by Dawud
Tue Mar 22, 2005 8:58 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Noah's Flood?
Replies: 24
Views: 35137

I meant the "two million" date. (in the last block of quoted text)

That's the great thing about the internet--everybody can preach to everybody else.
by Dawud
Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Noah's Flood?
Replies: 24
Views: 35137

You do realize that this would place the Noachian deluge (if that is what he is talking about) well before the rise of homo sapiens...?
by Dawud
Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:33 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Happy New Year!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 11283

By jumping over the fire, obviously. :lol:
by Dawud
Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:32 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: converting
Replies: 8
Views: 16498

Not for all the Christian evangelical stuff, or his "write one verse like it" experiment in writing a new revelation, but he has good links to dissidents and critics. Know of a better site for this? Anyway, a clever seeker should be able to find his way around it without too much trouble.
by Dawud
Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:27 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39368

"Love is a promise without a guarantee." --Milan Kundera "The courts are not a remedy for every one of life's ills." --some U.S. judge, throwing out a lawsuit by a high school girl whose boyfriend broke up with her before the prom One of the wisest things I ever read about relationships was, oddly e...
by Dawud
Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:49 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i colours??
Replies: 3
Views: 10563

The Babis seem to have liked wearing white, and avoided wearing black. How they reconciled this with their waving of the the Black Flag of the Qa'im, I couldn't say.
by Dawud
Mon Mar 21, 2005 7:27 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Noah's Flood?
Replies: 24
Views: 35137

Some of you may be interested in William Ryan and Walter Pittman's book "Noah's Flood." The authors are geologists who study the former Black Sea coastline, circa 6,800 BC, when it was a fresh-water lake about half its present size. Then the waters of the Mediterranean poured in, swiftly destroying ...
by Dawud
Mon Mar 21, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39368

Hasan. no--I'm not a Baha'i. By "regressive" I mean basically, a step backwards from the best, wisest, or most enlightened voices in the world today. Mat suggests that this was a concession to Baha'u'llah's immediate cultural context. Fine, so should we start regarding parts of the Baha'i faith as s...
by Dawud
Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39368

Does it count if you have Conscious Genital Contact with yourself?

:D

My point is that the supposedly progressive Baha'i scriptures are actually regressive in that they accept as normative a sexist--and let's face it, repulsive--Middle Eastern folk custom.
by Dawud
Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is the Virginity so important for a bahá'í?
Replies: 30
Views: 39368

Ok, I think virginity refers to any form of sex, oral, anal, vaginal and more than that any 'genital contact'. Hasan, did you really mean to include kissing? A more precise definition of "sexual contact" was attempted by Bill Clinton's judge (who however missed one crucial possibility). Brett, if t...
by Dawud
Mon Mar 14, 2005 3:37 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: converting
Replies: 8
Views: 16498

And here is a website on Bahaism from a Christian point of view. With many links to ex-Baha'is, critics, and so on. (For the democratic response.)

http://www.bahai-faith.com/
by Dawud
Mon Mar 14, 2005 3:33 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Manifestation vs. Prophet
Replies: 18
Views: 27242

Baha'i writers often favor "manifestation" (or "prophet-founder") as a description of Baha'u'llah's role, because to Christians, "prophet" suggests a figure like Elijah or Isaiah--i.e. a saintly person who is favored by God and entrusted with some divine mession, yet subordinate to Jesus. "Godhead" ...
by Dawud
Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

The two big problems are (1) apparently contradictory, but equally authoritative, recommendations on behalf of Arabic and (reformed) Esperanto; and (2) apparently contradictory descriptions of a future linguistic order featuring one auxilliary language, in which other tongues continue to flourish; o...
by Dawud
Sun Mar 06, 2005 11:59 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Masturbation
Replies: 54
Views: 80255

Really? Why? I mean, it's not easy to contemplate the theological implications of masturbation without at least a hint of a grin...
by Dawud
Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Masturbation
Replies: 54
Views: 80255

And what sort of emotive utterance would it be appropriate for a Baha'i to cry out at the moment of orgasm, pray tell?

More work for the Hands of the Cause, I guess!
by Dawud
Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:27 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: what should I do after my husband commit the adultery?
Replies: 8
Views: 15027

Without drawing any conclusions about what your husband did or didn't do with the woman in her pajamas, you should know that most men instinctively view the women around them in terms of their sexual potential. (Whether we act on our desire is another story.) You can't change this short of gelding u...
by Dawud
Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:44 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Persian Bayan
Replies: 6
Views: 13789

What about the Persian Bayan in Persian, and/or the Arabic Bayan in Arabic?

If nobody posts a link, I believe Prof. John Walbridge of Indiana University has a collection of such things which he might be able to send electronically.
by Dawud
Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: what should I do after my husband commit the adultery?
Replies: 8
Views: 15027

May I suggest marriage counseling? The therapist will typically want to talk to each of you individually, and also both together. Since both of you apparently want to stay married, you will stay married. But rebuilding trust is another matter. If it helps, infidelity is a very, very common problem (...
by Dawud
Sun Feb 20, 2005 10:38 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

I feel the same way about race unity! I think your feeling is shared by many, perhaps most, Baha'is, who are no longer enthusiastic about Esperanto or any other world language scheme (though they of course believe in the idea in principle). I've heard many say that English will inevitably become, or...
by Dawud
Sun Feb 20, 2005 10:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Does Bahai faith have any flaws?
Replies: 11
Views: 19081

Here's something I got e-mailed, which seems directly relevant since it discusses perceived flaws *of the faith* (not of the writings, or of particular followers of the faith). Apologies for the length, but it strikes me as very well considered. March 21, 1999 The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bah...
by Dawud
Sun Feb 20, 2005 7:44 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

It looks to me like Baha'i writings, taken together, give vague and confused advice about this language thing. (Esperanto or Arabic? Auxillary or sole surviving language?) Some specifications even appear contradictory. In any case, I thought the choice was to be made (according to the Baha'i scenari...
by Dawud
Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:44 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

AA: Thanks - and is “kumquat” also reasonably close? I have no idea what language that's from. It couldn't be Mandarin. P.S. I looked it up. One site says it IS from Mandarin, but the Mandarin sounds like "jin ji" or 'jin jie" (golden small-tangerine?) or "jin guo" (gold fruit). Another says it come...
by Dawud
Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:57 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

But if you think that cultures cannot be defined, then doesn't that mean that people will possess multiple cultures and inevitably be a minority in some sense in their own country? I think they are defined through national struggle--through blood, if you will. Any group of fools can start their own...
by Dawud
Mon Jan 03, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

AA: What about Chinese words such as “tea, tycoon, kumquat, lychee, chop-suey, chow-mein” which have entered English? These are good examples, except "tea" (cha, chai) which is not any form of Chinese that I know of. "Lychee" sounds completely different in English than in Mandarin (li-chr). "Chop-su...
by Dawud
Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:53 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

Brett: Our Writings do not proposed an overcentralized world state, by the way. They refer to the ceding of "certain" rights. Its watchword is "unity-in-diversity". It's hard to imagine anybody advocating an "over-" centralized state, any more than they would declare their religion to be the world's...
by Dawud
Sun Jan 02, 2005 8:08 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

Chinese has a mixture of one-character "words" and two- or more character "compounds." (The definition of "word" is a point of debate.) As an analogy, how many English words are of only one syllable? Most of them if you go by frequency of usage, much less if you look at the word-list in a dictionary...
by Dawud
Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:50 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Was Tahirih "on intimate terms" with Quddus?
Replies: 6
Views: 11825

Fair enough. In that case, what lie or distortion is he making? He attributes this observation to a certain Mirza Jani. Is this not correct, or is the problem with Jani?
by Dawud
Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:55 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

A key problem with a centralized world state is that it would be dominated either by the largest ethnic populations (Chinese and Indians), if voting is allocated that way; or by those parts of the world with the most voting districts (Europe), if each country is to have one representative. Either wa...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 27, 2004 8:20 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

Brett, your link just leads to a statement that there should be some kind of council devoted to studying national borders. It doesn't say who should be on it (or in what proportions), or on what basis they should make their decisions. The meaning of "autonomy" is profoundly unclear to me. Does it st...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:11 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

While we're mulling over a hypothetical language council, in Taiwan the government is mulling over real-life decisions related to language choice. You probably think your council would be different / better; I'm not so sure. Some background: Prior to the 1980's, Taiwan was a one-party dictatorship--...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 27, 2004 5:26 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Was Tahirih "on intimate terms" with Quddus?
Replies: 6
Views: 11825

Uh, purely academic. (That is kind of what this site is for, right?) Come on, these people have been dead for 150 years. And considering that they were two of the most important Babi leaders, wouldn't this change the dynamic a bit to learn this? Is having another relationship after divorce (possibly...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:16 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahai adopted the best of all religion, especially Hinduism
Replies: 4
Views: 8752

What sense do you see a Baha'i reading as adding, which the preexisting Hindu ones would lack?
by Dawud
Mon Dec 27, 2004 2:27 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Was Tahirih "on intimate terms" with Quddus?
Replies: 6
Views: 11825

Was Tahirih "on intimate terms" with Quddus?

William Miller writes of Tahirih / Qurrat al-'Ayn: Hence her freedom of travelling about the country with the Babi chiefs scandalized many people, and there was probably some ground for criticism of her disregard of convention. It appears that some of the Babis considered this period a time of freed...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 27, 2004 1:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should Year 1 of the Babi calendar = AD 1850?
Replies: 0
Views: 7327

Should Year 1 of the Babi calendar = AD 1850?

From William Miller's "Baha'i Faith" book: The declaration of the Bab in Shiraz on May 23, 1844 A.D. was on Jamad-i-Awwal 5, 1260 A.H., and it has been generally supposed that the Babi Era began on that date, or on the No Ruz which preceded it (March 20, 1844).(31) However, from the Bab’s personal D...
by Dawud
Thu Dec 23, 2004 7:24 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

It's like this: neither Stalin nor the People's Republic of China wanted to encourage pan-Turkism, so they insisted on dividing mutually intelligible dialects of what was once called "Turki". Several different orthographies (Roman, Cyrillic, Arabic) have been promoted at different times and places. ...
by Dawud
Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:50 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

Brett: Now, for Chinese, one could reduce the number somewhat if one gave primacy to the written language. That's a bit like saying that the number of European languages could be reduced if we focus on the fact that most of them use the Roman alphabet. The difference between "dialect" and "language"...
by Dawud
Wed Dec 22, 2004 6:51 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

AA: I thought the four Mandarin tones were used to distinguish words that would otherwise be pronounced identically. Yes, that's fair. The tones are high or low, and level, rising or falling - but there surely has to be a fixed standard sound for the tones to be rising or falling against. So is ther...
by Dawud
Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:44 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: How many bahá'ís are in the World?
Replies: 14
Views: 21992

Yes, that's very true. I just read somebody's memoir about life in Kiribati, who said that he had heard that Baha'is aren't supposed to proselytize, and said it must be true because after knowing some for two years, he still had no idea what they believed! But I have heard that you do agonize about ...
by Dawud
Tue Dec 14, 2004 7:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: How many bahá'ís are in the World?
Replies: 14
Views: 21992

janine says: What you say about Islam, Buddhism etc. is not fair in this content, since they have been around for much much longer than the Bahai faith. Since Baha'is don't accept the existence of any other independent religions which are roughly the same age as they are (ignoring the Babis for a mi...
by Dawud
Tue Dec 14, 2004 3:39 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i and the Unforgivable Sin
Replies: 6
Views: 15305

If it's any comfort, even the church fathers weren't sure what sin was being referred to.
by Dawud
Tue Dec 14, 2004 3:32 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: How many bahá'ís are in the World?
Replies: 14
Views: 21992

Does anyone refute that it is the 2nd most wide spread religion right behind Christianity? Me! Me! Well technically, this would depend on the meaning of (a) widespread, and (b) religion. I fear that Baha'is have artificially manipulated these in their favor. What does "widespread" mean? Baha'is thi...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 13, 2004 12:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: How many bahá'ís are in the World?
Replies: 14
Views: 21992

Well, one reason is simple curiosity. Don't YOU want to know how many of you there are? Another reason is that the more of you there are, the more important your religion is. That's not the ONLY thing that might make your religion important (age is another good one, nifty philosophy could be another...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 13, 2004 3:02 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

Setting aside my natural skepticism for a moment, and looking at this as an engineer would (although I'm not one), how could a project like this work? First, there is the matter of procedure. A lot of people have had the feeling of being divinely inspired--including the creator of Volapuk, which was...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:09 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: How many bahá'ís are in the World?
Replies: 14
Views: 21992

Well, how would you suggest we answer a question like this? Since it's not possible to conduct a worldwide poll, I suggest the most realistic numbers would come from checking the Baha'is own figures, and finding out to what extent these are reliable. You can do this on your own. Anytime you go trave...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:02 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

Brett says: And if it is not the will of the people of the world (as shown by a global represenative meeting to decide the topic)... If we believe in democracy, giving a choice should be the way to go. A key question becomes, who are to be the electorate? (If territorial-based, what is the voting di...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 06, 2004 5:26 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Apocrypha
Replies: 4
Views: 11057

I believe there is some confusion here. I and II Maccabees etc. are considered canonical by the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Oriental Churches, but not by Jews or Protestants (because they were written in Greek, not Hebrew). These are sometimes referred to as the "Apocrypha," but are in an entirely...
by Dawud
Mon Dec 06, 2004 5:04 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

I use Internet Explorer, and the underlining effect happens in the FAQ file. Ha ha, and you could call the group the "Universal Language Auxiliary"! Your assumption that language usage can or should be legislated from on high (government or religious body or supranational entity) rather than evolvin...
by Dawud
Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:52 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World Auxiliary Language
Replies: 113
Views: 139511

A few suggestions, if I may...? Brett, if there is ever a future World McLanguage, I hope to dear God that it will not allow every word and every sentence to be underlined, as you have done on your site. :? Have you considered having both "for" and "against" columns? Maybe side-by-side, so there cou...

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