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A few things about me
« on: January 05, 2018, 09:18:04 AM »
Quite an old guy... over seventy.

My name (Scowler) comes from Asimov's Second Foundation, where the simple folk mispronounce the word "Scholar". It has nothing to do with scowling.  :)

Now comes the hard stuff, because I would not want to paint a false picture about myself. I was baptized Calvinist, and I used to attend church up until my mid twenties. At that time I gradually lost my faith. It had nothing to do with any bad experiences, the members of the clergy all were wonderful, kind, loving people. But I simply could not believe that there is a loving and kind deity over us. The everyday evidence just does not support it. Of course I am not "hostile" to religion. However, I am aware that I am not omniscient, that there are many things I don't know, and I am willing to learn.

I am just curious about certain questions, and intend to ask them, if you are willing to answer. If not, let me know and I will disappear.

A few more tidbits. I am a huge fan of Bayern Munchen... the football (not "soccer" ;) ) team. I hope they will win the Champion's League. The Bundesliga and the German Cup are very likely to be in the bag. Tonight I will have about 8  different kinds of cheeses for dinner, along with some good German, Belgian etc... beer. 

So, yes. I am a heathen, and abominable, evil, but not wicked or hostile one. Happy new year to all of you. :)
 

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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 09:45:55 AM »
Quite an old guy... over seventy.

My name (Scowler) comes from Asimov's Second Foundation, where the simple folk mispronounce the word "Scholar". It has nothing to do with scowling.  :)

Now comes the hard stuff, because I would not want to paint a false picture about myself. I was baptized Calvinist, and I used to attend church up until my mid twenties. At that time I gradually lost my faith. It had nothing to do with any bad experiences, the members of the clergy all were wonderful, kind, loving people. But I simply could not believe that there is a loving and kind deity over us. The everyday evidence just does not support it. Of course I am not "hostile" to religion. However, I am aware that I am not omniscient, that there are many things I don't know, and I am willing to learn.

I am just curious about certain questions, and intend to ask them, if you are willing to answer. If not, let me know and I will disappear.

A few more tidbits. I am a huge fan of Bayern Munchen... the football (not "soccer" ;) ) team. I hope they will win the Champion's League. The Bundesliga and the German Cup are very likely to be in the bag. Tonight I will have about 8  different kinds of cheeses for dinner, along with some good German, Belgian etc... beer. 

So, yes. I am a heathen, and abominable, evil, but not wicked or hostile one. Happy new year to all of you. :)

Well aren't you just an interesting man.  European?  And abominable?  Like the abominable snowman?  I don't think he was evil though.  Welcome!  I look forward to reading your posts.   :seeya:
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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 10:23:03 AM »
Hi Scowler,
The forum owner likes cheese and, while I doubt that we all like beer, not many are brave enough to say so.  Thus we have emoticons like:
cheesehead :cheesehead:  cheesehead with beer  :cheeseheadbeer: and beer  :beer:

So I'm guessing that stating you like cheese and beer in your intro may cancel out your totally wrong ideas about religion (in terms of you being fit to talk to; unfortunately it won't get you into heaven.)

On the other hand, saying football instead of soccer is asking for trouble.  On the other other hand, I liked Asimov's Foundation series (although I read it a very long time ago and I'm not sure if I still would if I read it now) and appreciate your username.

All in all, I think you will just have to post and see what happens.  Let's hope for the best.  Welcome to the forum.
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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 04:38:02 PM »
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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 10:27:21 PM »
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My name (Scowler) comes from Asimov's Second Foundation, where the simple folk mispronounce the word "Scholar". It has nothing to do with scowling.  :)


Maybe you should use an avatar that shows a big SMILE, or advice to do it.  The word scowler tends to make me scowl!



(Welcome to the forum, by the way!  ;D)
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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 10:08:15 AM »
Willkommen ins Gespräch.

I was in Munich when Celtic FC came to get conquered. I was on the Marienplatz with a couple hundred beer crushing Scotsmen. First time being among the soccer passionate. That's how I discovered Champions League and all that.

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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 10:38:50 AM »
Thank you all for the welcoming words. :)

I find it very encouraging that most "fussball" players exhibit non-antagonistic behavior on the pitch, even when the game has a lot riding on it. After the game they embrace each other. Very civilized behavior. Not to speak of the Allianz Arena and the atmosphere during the games. As for speaking German, I used to be pretty fluent about 35 years ago, but the lack of practice took its toll. Too bad... it is a great language. (Of course every language is great. :))

However, I really enjoyed re-reading the book of "Gesammelte Tiergeschichten von Manfred Kyber" when I found it on-line at http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/tiergeschichten-5507/1. Absolutely hilarious description of humans.

I already opened a thread about the question of "mortal sin", and I hope to see some answers, when it is convenient.
 

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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 10:40:19 AM »
My name (Scowler) comes from Asimov's Second Foundation, where the simple folk mispronounce the word "Scholar". It has nothing to do with scowling.  :)

It gave me a good chuckle when I first read your username, imagining a scowling "curmudgeon" who's just giving everyone fair-warning!  So, anyway, I was wrong about all that -- but you seem like an interesting fellow nonetheless. 

Welcome to the forum, Scowler. 

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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2018, 10:43:24 AM »
Welcome to the forum; I'm a big Real Madrid fan; but also a "real" football fan. I hope that the smart people on this forum can give you some material that will help you find your way back to God. By the way, the Calvinist conception of God is a very different one from what we as Catholics hold; for one, we don't believe that God deliberately creates someone, just to send them to Hell.
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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2018, 10:52:45 AM »
Oh, yes, CR7 is a very good player. And so is Lionel Messi in Barca. My personal favorites are Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski. Too bad that Robben had so many injuries during the years. When teamed up with Ribery they formed the pair of "Robbery" :) and the result is pretty spectacular.

As for the different concepts of God, I am aware of the differences, but those we can discuss at the proper places. I have quite a few questions, but I don't want to deal with too many of them at the same time.
 
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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2018, 12:07:13 PM »
Scowler, have you read all the Foundation books?  The original ones, not the not so good prequels.  What do you think of Trevize's final decision?
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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2018, 03:44:53 PM »
Oh, yes, I read all of them, even the prequels (and some of them are not so good, as you said :) ). I liked the "final" decision of Trevize, since it postponed the actual decision making itself. Smart idea. Such a far-reaching decision cannot be done in a hastened fashion. One needs to think it over many times. However, I do like the Galaxia as a solution. If everyone is part of the same super-organism, there cannot be hostility - just like our organs work in harmony, and the stomach cannot incite a "revolution" against the lungs - for example.

As a matter of fact the concept of Galaxia is one of my major problems with the existing world (as created by God). The Galaxia type of arrangement is one of the possible worlds without "evil", either moral or natural evil. Of course the "price" is a lowered level of individuality, but I see nothing wrong with that. Ouch, you just opened the "floodgates" :) and I need all my willpower to wait and discuss it in a separate thread of its own... One of the most exciting conversations ever. Let's do it whenever convenient! Thanks for your input! :)

 

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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 03:44:08 AM »
Welcome, Scowler. I'm ManU forever. 8) Although the glory days with Sir Alex are long past. Christiano Ronaldo being poached by Real was bad enough; but Rooney going back to Everton just last year will almost surely seal my favorite club's fate in europe in the champions league. Oh well. Maybe Alexis Sanchez will swing the tide. Maybe not.

Peace, God bless and hope you find your way back to the Good Lord before entering eternity.
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To Thee, O most loving Heart of Jesus, do I therefore commend all these souls, and for them I offer all Thy merits, together with the merits of the most Blessed Mother and of all the saints and angels, and also together with all the Sacrifices of the Mass, the Holy Communions, the prayers and good works that are made today throughout the entire Christian world."
 
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Re: A few things about me
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2018, 05:41:20 PM »
Welcome, Scowler. I'm ManU forever. 8) Although the glory days with Sir Alex are long past. Christiano Ronaldo being poached by Real was bad enough; but Rooney going back to Everton just last year will almost surely seal my favorite club's fate in europe in the champions league. Oh well. Maybe Alexis Sanchez will swing the tide. Maybe not.


Quite a few years ago we had a cruise trip on the Mediterranean, and spent a week on the Canary Islands. We were both very sick (collected some stomach virus on the ship), but we had the opportunity to watch the ManU vs. ManC football game, and it was one of the best games we have ever seen. (Though not as good as the Germany vs. Brazil 7:1 World Cup semi-final in 2014.) :)

Peace, God bless and hope you find your way back to the Good Lord before entering eternity.

One can only hope. I am definitely willing, with God's help. :)
 
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