Re: extropians-digest V5 #100

Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 10:13:43 MDT

In a message dated 4/12/00 9:02:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< b) since lucifer means 'bringer of light' who gave knowledge to man, its an
 emminently logical name for a server. That fundamentalists are against giving
 knowledge to man is the irony... >>

    I swore I was going to lurk all the way through this thread and not get
involved. But you finally tempted me out of the bushes. :-)

    My understanding is that the word Lucifer appears at only one place in
the Bible. That every Bible scholar knows that the word is really the name
of a middle eastern bad guy ruler of long ago. But, yes, zealots still
believe the reference is to the Devil and tend to go charging off in the
wrong direction at the sound of the word Lucifer.

    I also understand that the misunderstanding of the name Lucifer is also
the basis of some zealots accusing the Freemasons of Devil Worship. Around
the time of the Civil War a writer that was a Freemason knowing the real
meaning of that name made a cute play on words in a piece of writing meant
for Freemasons. The rest, as they say, is history.

Ron Harrison

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