We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If nothing without a soul gets to heaven it's going to be fairly boring with only humans around. No fish? No cattle? No fruit or veg? Or wine? Or BEER? What are we going to do with eternity, if not eat and drink? How to be merry, else? ;0
Actually, the Cumberland Presbys are NOT Calvinists, they broke from the mainline presby churches in the late 1800's over the theory of predestination. They maintain the very democratic presbyterian organization (bottom up control, literally, as opposed to a hierarchial organization typified by the RC church) but recognise the existance (I know, all you philosophy majors -begging the argument) of free will.
It was one of the few churches I've been a member of without having serious reservations vis-a-vis theology. (The kids were young, ok? I've been an agnostic deist for 20 years, or as a friend called himself, a lapsed Unitarian).
Well, if I remember my catechism indoctrination (yeah I went to the antichrist PUBLIC school because my parents couldn't afford the catholic school for 5 kids), animals do not have souls (all animals, inanimate objects and such) so I call BS on the catholic church sign above. I have to agree with NJ above...the presby's actually have a biblical based sign.
Having said all that, too bad it ain't real, I'd love to see more church sign wars as a way to get more people to darken the doors.
Guess people are missing the whole meaning of Heaven if they are so worried about whether their pet goes to Heaven or not. Really? If you know about Heaven, the last thing on your mind is going to be your pet. It's all about worshipping our Lord and Savior.
The reality is nobody knows. It's all just intellectual speculation that is similar to how many angels can dance on the head of a pin and nobody will ever settle it until they die. What IS clear (if it in fact is real) is that the Presbyterians take the whole thing WAY too seriously and don't even seem to realize when they are being pranked.