"When I was young, I decided to read the bible. At the time, I hadn't developed much of a backbone. Being impressionable, I was defenseless to the horror stories it contains. I came to the conclusion that if the bible were true, I would probably…"
"The backlash has begun.
Half of Atheist Kids infected with religion virus (Ok, I made up that title).
I still have to study the statistics but it's apparent there are many sifting the rubble for hope.
Prior to seeing this article, I was…"
"Indifference is a good start. If their heads are even marginally engaged in the modern world we have reason to be optimistic.
It's got to be easier to brainwash children than teach adult "nones" to be stupid. Second generation…"
""Disentangling religion from nationalism is a nearly impossible task."
That's because they're both forms of tribalism.
I see nothing wrong with pride in ones community or nation, providing it actually has something to be proud…"
"Not necessarily. That just means we have to determine what constitutes a "bad" pet. I'm assuming there's some behavior, or even thoughts, for which a pet might be barred from heaven. It would be helpful to know if refraining from…"
Good old days
Listen to your parents.
It must be true, it's written in "the" book.
Somebody said...somebody heard...somebody saw...somebody knew...
I saw it on the History channel (suppressing gag).
"Give it a few months and we'll forget all about it. People in the know understand that it's just a misinterpretation. The number of the beast is 666. There are documents, currently being suppressed, that indicate the beast will have the…"
"Hi Trisha, Welcome (back) to A/N.
Yours is a journey familiar to many. The oscillations at the end, between belief and non-belief, are understandable.
"But after a few months I found myself missing the thought of having a higher power watching…"
"Dunno, so goddunnit.
As I understand it, Krauss has addressed aspects that lead us towards answers to these questions. Only time will tell, as we continue our physics experiments, to define/refine just what we mean when we use words like…"
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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