"I can't imagine this working all the time. In those instances where it does not work, and the infiltrator is outed, the results would be disastrous. The reputation of atheists as a whole would be tainted, something they did not ask to risk and…"
"Sam Harris has made some really strong statements regarding Aslan. I personally don't have enough knowledge of the Quran to know the truth of every Aslan statement so it's on me to brush up. However, to add to this discussion I'll…"
""He's either insane or the son of god".
I agree...with the former.
Actually, there is a third possibility. Jesus may have been a real person who has been lied about ever since his death. That's closer to my belief. I'm…"
"I've often said the Quran is dangerous because it is chaotic. I believe it to be much more dangerous than the bible. As you say, one can get it to support pretty much anything you want. Unfortunately, the negative aspects, such as the repeated…"
"I realize Michael is advocating a Randian utopia. Reading your comment, I was reminded of a Mark Twain quote regarding Jack London. London, you may recall, was a strong supporter of socialism. As I understand it, he quit the movement, convinced it…"
"Most organized crime bosses were sent to prison for tax evasion. There might be the possibility of wage garnishment.
Paying taxes is voluntary in the sense that we're not slaves. We are free to leave the country and work elsewhere. Of course,…"
"The problem is that theists thinks that they can change the definition they are using of a word and it still is the same thing. So to say that we have faith in gravity is using the word with a different definition then when talking about…"
"I agree that religious people do not know the difference between science and belief. Too often they tell you about a scientist who is also a strong believer in Jesus, etc. This just does not happen when the scientist is an evolutionary biologist.…"
"I recognize that for many people, touching the sick, or even corpses, may be acceptable. Both my parents passed away within a very short period. I did not see the bodies and had no desire to do so. Once they passed, they ceased to exist except in my…"
""I am against using government money to treat an illness that is clearly the result of questionable morals and personal hygiene. This so called disease, if it's even a real disease at all, is a plot to force Obamacare upon the good people…"
I was mindlessly snooping the web today, trying to give meaning to my life, when I came across this article:Proof of god. I see a picture of Jesus in my EbolaOk, I admit that title isn't really accurate and doesn't convey what the story is about. Still, I thought it funny a vatican "astronomer" would be sitting in front of a microscope. In my mind, that…See More
""About a third of evangelical Christians (34%), including 42% of white evangelical Protestants, and one-in-five Catholics (18%) say it has become more difficult to be a member of their religious group in recent years."
"Well sure, there have been "some" instances where ISIS slaughter and behead people but it's not official ISIS policy. Ok, maybe it is ISIS policy, but they're not widespread. Ok, maybe it is widespread, but Islam is a religion of…"
"My daughter pulled the Bloody Mary story out during school when she was about 8 years old. Some of her friends were so traumatized they nearly suspended my daughter. She thought the whole thing was ridiculous. My wife did punish her in some mild way…"
Appreciate your comment (with a chuckle). Few people grasp the magical 50% threshold, or any other percentage for that matter. If one person in 300 survived a mining collapse, for example, it would be a "miracle" from god (and "thank god" uttered). Bad luck for the other 299. Crazy.
To try to encompass all of Robert Heinlein's philosophy by recommending one book is likely impossible. I COULD be tempted to suggest Time Enough For Love, even though it (sort of) requires that you read Methuselah's Children first (it really CAN stand on its own, though). There is a lot of RAH's philosophy in Time Enough and in many of his other books.
If you want to have a hard, strong look at his attitude on religion, I have three suggestions:
• Job: A Comedy of Justice. This REALLY gets to the heart of the matter ... and it should have been his FIFTH Hugo Award winner. • Stranger In a Strange Land. All you have to do is look at the gross parody which is Fosters "Church of the New Revelation" to see what he thinks of current-day organized religion. • If this goes on... from the collection, Revolt in 2100. One of the first pieces Heinlein wrote which dealt directly with religion and its leanings toward imperialism.
These are among my faves. We can talk about this if you like or you can go your own way. In any case, I'd be interested in hearing your reaction to whatever you do get into.
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