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by Ian McKay
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: God changes His mind...
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: God changes His mind...

In the Old Testament there are at least ten places where it says God changed his mind about something. The Old Testament authors didn’t seem to credit God with much foresight or much consistency. You get the same among the EB, some of whom also think God uses physical violence, cripples people or ki...
by Ian McKay
Tue May 29, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: CMA Conference 5-6 June 2018 Brisbane Convention Centre
Replies: 17
Views: 1043

Re: CMA Conference 5-6 June 2018 Brisbane Convention Centre

This could be a healthy development. If a leading EB member is willing to learn from the experiences and expertise of other church leaders, he might in turn be able to exert a moderating influence on his own fellowship. He may learn, for example, how to cope with the practical problems that affect m...
by Ian McKay
Wed May 23, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The rising tide of evil?
Replies: 23
Views: 3576

Re: The rising tide of evil?

I have posted links to some of Steven Pinker’s lectures on this subject, but this is the best I have ever heard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCm9Ng0bbEQ

Is the world getting better or worse? You decide. Decide on the basis of verifiable facts, not by blindly swallowing what you are told.
by Ian McKay
Wed May 23, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: Brethren women and children have no right of appeal from abusers in the PBCC.
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: Brethren women and children have no right of appeal from abusers in the PBCC.

And Isaac led her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebecca, and she became his wife, and he loved her. The use of this verse by JSH to encourage marriage before love in the mere hope that love will follow was both irrational and seriously harmful. It is seriously harmful because it has led...
by Ian McKay
Tue May 22, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Charity Commission
Topic: Misuse of Charity Money
Replies: 0
Views: 317

Misuse of Charity Money

The UK Charity Commission does not like it when charity money is spent on lawyers writing aggressive letters in an attempt to silence bad publicity. MPs don’t like it either. The Save the Children charity was accused today of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” media reporting of sexu...
by Ian McKay
Fri May 18, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Brethren women and children have no right of appeal from abusers in the PBCC.
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: Brethren women and children have no right of appeal from abusers in the PBCC.

Invasive Questioning Abishag has commented on the Brethren’s prevailing unhealthy attitudes to matters sexual. As well as suppressing sexual education, and in some cases overlooking the crucial moral importance of consent, unhealthy attitudes have shown up in many cases of invasive questioning. The...
by Ian McKay
Fri May 18, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Brethren women and children have no right of appeal from abusers in the PBCC.
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: Brethren women and children have no right of appeal from abusers in the PBCC.

Abishag, your title mentions “no right of appeal.” This reminded me of a rather extreme saying of CAC that I came across this week in Vol. 28 page 127. He said, [referring to Matthew 16:18-19] “there is no appeal against an assembly judgment.” That puts it on a par with the Supreme Court in his esti...
by Ian McKay
Thu May 03, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Irrationality
Replies: 4
Views: 370

Irrationality

Irrationality Last weekend the Flat Earth Society held a conference in Birmingham, during which delegates learned that most scientists have got the facts of astronomy and other subjects hopelessly wrong. For instance, gravity does not really exist. The earth is constantly moving upwards, and that i...
by Ian McKay
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Understanding the Nature and Behaviour of Cults
Topic: New Book: A Mother’s Heartbreak: How Scientology Destroyed My Family
Replies: 1
Views: 683

New Book: A Mother’s Heartbreak: How Scientology Destroyed My Family

New Book: A Mother’s Heartbreak: How Scientology Destroyed My Family "In this gut-wrenching story of anxiety, loss and steadfast love, the author shares her personal struggle to regain her relationship with her children severed by the Disconnection Policy of the church of Scientology." "As she disc...
by Ian McKay
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: "Working at UBT and the Brethren Community"
Replies: 34
Views: 3426

Re: "Working at UBT and the Brethren Community"

Earlier ministers occasionally used the word “authoritative” but nowhere nearly as frequently as JT, and not usually to imply that Brethren ministry was authoritative. But it was one of JT’s favourite words and he thought it applied to his own ministry. JND used the word 94 times JBS used it only 1 ...