It’s the end of the week and up here in Canada, we have Boxing Day, a statutory holiday. I am very grateful for the time off after some hard work. Last Saturday I started an open thread but actually like to start an open thread on Fridays,REGULARLY, if possible. Again, talk about anything you want as it pertains to spirituality, theology and/or religion. Did you celebrate Christmas—or you didn’t. What did you instead? How do you feel about the loss of Adventist scholar Samuele Bacchiocchi? It was so sudden and fast. Many of you know that I had posted coverage on his illness and then XHWA of Escaping Armstrongism had immediately informed me of his passing the next day. I was at my dad’s place near Belleville, Ontario this past Wednesday through yesterday noon and I saw the documentary Zeitgeist. Controversial stuff. It was an attempt to disprove the existence of Christ and assert that pre-Christian pagan legends about a Virgin Birth are nothing new and Christianity was just copying them in the first place. Rebuttals anyone??? What ever you want to discuss! You know the rules for Open Thread: 1) As a religious/spiritual person—TEACH about your faith but NOT PREACH which INCLUDES spiritual death threats! This also includes judging a persons eternal destiny. For example, “If you believe in what Trudeau said about getting government out our bedrooms, you are not really a Christian!“ You may feel strongly about an issue like that but I believe that is God`s perogative—NOT mine, NOT yours to judge somebody`s heart like that. Which leads me to number 2): Be passionate but be respectful and civil to everyone. No negative personal attacks are allowed. Stubborn willed manipulative offenders will have their posts automatically deleted without warning and without appeal. My suggestions include: 1)Use capitalization appropriately. To use capitalization in all words sounds to us like you are shouting at us and not having a conversation. 2) Use lower cases appropriate. Meaning that if you don`t capitalize a single letter when appropriate makes it sound you are a lazy and proud of it youngster who believes that ignorance is a virtue and the world came into existence since 1981. Otherwise, let`s get to round 2 for Open Thread Friday—with a lot more participants than last week I hope.