i-churches ??
Posted by: Aurora ()
Date: November 18, 2004 12:52AM

Strangely enough I have noticed some new and unusual billboards on the side of the I-95 interstate in my area (and I do not live in the "bible belt").

It rekindled an uncomfortable feeling I had when vacationing in Tennessee a few years ago where the roadways were inundated with religious (primarily christian) billboards.

The advertisement on the billboard in my area states in huge letters: "Love God, but not religion?"

It gives a website address for more info which I cannot recall at the moment. I suppose there can be an infinite number of "virtual churches" on the internet so next time I pass the ad I'll record the website.

I believe it claims to be one of the "world religions" but it has a christian foundation - (sounds like a contradiction to me...)

It sounds like an organized religion to me--- whether it be an "i- church" or made of stone/brick.

Any ideas?

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i-churches ??
Posted by: Aurora ()
Date: November 19, 2004 03:17AM


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i-churches ??
Posted by: Cosmophilospher ()
Date: November 19, 2004 07:13AM

I actually explored some of the Swedenborgian stuff long ago.
I went to a few meetings at a church during my exploration days.

Basically, Swedenborg was another "mystic", who dreamed up an entire Kosmos in his imagination, and then all these other folks believe all this stuff from his imagination is objective reality.
Sort of like if you took Dante literally.

I didn't find them too culty.
They are folks that seem enjoy debating and talking about Theology.
I even questioned some fundamental aspects of the bible at one meeting, and the head church guy didn't mind, although i recall one guy saying what i said was blasphemy.

I do recall there were some little old ladies there, who were totally into this Swedenborgian Heaven-Hell Angel stuff, and that was pretty cute.


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