Here is why my name is: “Damien Marie AtHope”

Here is why my name is: “Damien Marie AtHope”   I legally changed my first before I was an atheist. Then I legally changed my f middle, and last name after I was an atheist.   I chose the first name Damien because it means one who tames, protects or subdues. Also, I have family from Hawaii and there was a priest Damien who had originally had the first name jozef translated in English as Joseph but changed it just like me. Father Damien or Saint Damien of Molokai (1840 – 1889), defied the Catholic church and spent his life caring for the ones people stopped caring for as they were doomed to die, he never stopped seeing them as people of value and I too wish to never stop seeing the value in people or of human life. Although I am not saying he was a saint he still pushed religion and I do realize we should always question believed historic accounts of people like Damien as they can involve biases of Europeans and Americans (religion bias, ethnocentrism, racism, and colonialism and imperialism), as such is “greatness” may be inflated as well as discount the real experiences or roles of the native residents on Molokaʻi. However, Mahatma Gandhi, the important political leader of India, said that Father Damien’s work had inspired his own social campaigns in India and Father Damien Day is celebrated statewide in Hawaii on April 15.   I chose Marie to honor my gender diversity, is that I am mildly intersexed and genderqueer in my mental gender persuasion and I outwardly present as male. This...

Hey, Damien dude, I have a question for you regarding “the bible” Exodus.

Hey, Damien dude, I have a question for you regarding Exodus. Is there any verifiable evidence of the ten plagues outside of the Bible? I’ve read about the Ipuwar Papyrus but the dates seem to be off by more than 400 years. Is there any other more closely timed accounts? Seems kind of odd that the people who recorded their slave names never mentioned a dude named Moses, at the very least all of the first born children dying off. I am not well versed on that to answer. Sorry. But for what I do know is there was no evidence of the exodus living in or leaving Egypt nor any wars in Canaan so no taking of the walls of Jericho… The Hebrew’s leviathan was known in Northern Canaanite texts as the foe of the storm god baal at least as early as the 3,400 years ago. In other mythologies, leviathan is known as: Phoenician: lotan Greek: ladon Ugaritic: lat or elat Babalonya: anat, tlamat, tiamat, and chaos Caanaite: lotan, lawtan, and lat In addition, lat, elat, lawtan, and lat have the same meaning, which is goddess. The importance of these meanings is to grasp that this is one example of many handed down and retold myths. The bible is not special and just reuses old stories. This mythic battle of male anthropomorphic god and serpentine goddess emerges indirectly again in the Greek myth of heracles/hercules killing the serpent-dragon ladon, said to be guarding a sacred fruit tree of a goddess. 1, 2, 3 Ancient Canaanite religion Canaanite religion was polytheistic, and in some cases monolatristic. A great number of deities were worshiped by...

Damien, I was wondering what your thoughts are on Paganism?

“Damien, I was wondering what your thoughts are on Paganism?” – Questioner   My response, well, to me, paganism roughly emergence around 13,000 years ago with the agricultural explosion in turkey “Anatolia” and the connected areas such as in the lavant (described as the “crossroads of western Asia, the eastern Mediterranean, and northeast Africa”, and the “northwest of the Arabian plate” including Cyprus, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey). Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Paganism is part of a linked group of religious thinking seeming to turn the once believed animistic spirits” (a belief system dating back at least 100,000 years ago on the continent of Africa), that in totemism (dating back at least 50,000 years ago on the continent of Europe) with newly perceived needs where given artistic expression of animistic spirits both animal or human “seemingly focused on female humans to begin with and only much much later is there what look like could be added male focus”, but even this evolved into a believed stronger communion with more connections in shamanism (a belief system dating back at least 30,000 years ago on the continent of Aisa) with newly perceived needs, then this also evolved into Paganism (a belief system dating back at least 13,000 years ago on the continent of eastern Europe/western Asia turkey mainly but eastern Mediterranean lavant as well to some extent or another) with newly perceived needs where you see the emergence of animal gods and female goddesses around into more formalized animal gods...