"I read the bible a good 30 years ago. I was just an infant and as such, took it on myself to indulge into a frenzy reading and ended up with the seed of doubt embeded in my brain. I guess my parents started to regret that I read the thing in the…"
"I read the bible cover to cover one summer because I'm a masochist -- actually it was to improve my faith by familiarizing myself with the word of god -- obviously it had the opposite effect.
I've also read over the Koran, the Hadith, the…"
"If it's overtly Christian, it invariably repels me. But I say the same for any preachy (religions or otherwise) or overtly politicized songs. But subtle (political or spiritual) references don't bother me; it often heightens the poetry and…"
"How very odd. I just caught myself singing 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful', complete with the fiddly bits in the last verse, in a somewhat startlingly high falsetto, while making the coffee in the kitchen.
A little flash back to the 12 year old…"
"I read a lot of the Bible during my "wrestling with faith years" from about the time I was 12 until I graduated from college. I've read pretty much the whole thing, although in bits and pieces and not in any sort of logical order (to…"
Here is the original parable as devised by Denis Diderot:
“Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: "My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly." This stranger is a theologian.” Addition to Philosophical Thoughts (c. 1762) Denis Diderot 1713-1784
A traveller lost in a dark wood has only a candle for illumination. He meets a theologian who says "Blow out your candle and let me guide you". I think this little parable was from Denis Diderot'.
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