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Your sins are forgiven

What did Jesus mean by this statement? He set no condition on it. He hadn't died at this point, so it couldn't be part of any atonement (in fact, he seems not to have been much of a theologian). He didn't ask people to believe much at all. He seemed to gently invite people to change rather than hold them to a set of doctrines. So which way round is it?

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Dinosaur banking

A fascinating story is unfolding in the US. The bill to bail out financial markets has failed and must now be renegotiated, and the reasons for the failure appears to be, in large part, disaffected Republicans whose constituency seems to be small business. The reasoning is that small business pays for its mistakes, therefore big business should too, and that anything else would be "socialism." Well, there it is: the "s" word.

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