Three articles caught my attention. In the first one, a former Seventh Day Adventist pastor “pledged to live 2014 god-free in order to test his faith.” He “now says he is contemplating leaving religion for good.”
Ryan Bell had “resigned as pastor of the church he had worked at for 19 years. He had become uncomfortable with the way his religion has handled homosexuality and felt that the organization was no longer in line with his more liberal views. At the same time, his 17-year marriage was also ending. In that turmoil, Bell saw the potential for a radical change and took it.”
It seems to me that he was looking for a way to justify a shift in moral reasoning.
At the same time I was reading about Ryan Bell, I came across a story about Michael Rockefeller. He was the son of New York Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller under President Gerald Ford. The last time Michael Rockefeller was seen alive was in 1961 when he was 23 years old.
“The official cause of death would later be listed as drowning. The prevailing theory was that he was consumed by sharks. They got one thing right: Michael was eaten. But it wasn’t by sharks.
“‘Savage Harvest,’ a new book by veteran travel writer Carl Hoffman, makes the compelling and convincing case for the true story behind his disappearance.”
On an art gathering trip to Dutch New Guinea to locate primitive art for the Museum of Primitive Art founded by his great grandfather John D. Rockefeller, he came across an aboriginal people called the Asmats.
“The Asmats were agile, quick and muscular from paddling. They were naked except for a tight band of rattan just above their knees. Western taboos did not exist here.”…
from Godfather Politics…
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