Hello Terence. Thank you for the gracious welcome. I found your post about the origin of St. Peter to be very interesting. I was reading a bit of Bart Erhman's book "Misqouting Jesus", which deals with similiar issues of textual manipulation, but it seems a bit dumbed down and small in scope. Could you reccomend a book or a few books which explore similiar issues?(ie: critical history of religion, textual/linguistic history, that sort of thing)
I found the Origins group - under groups rather than links, where I first looked. I'll check it out and look forward to watching some interesting videos. I watch a lot on TED (www.TED.com) and The Amazing Meetings (TAM) among others.
glad to be here. i could not have said it better myself. further elaboration: lets call it the "world free of religious disease" after all, religion spreads like a disease, and unfortunately there's no vaccine
Thank you! I am here simply to enjoy conversations and see why people thin the way they do. I am not trying to prove anything or be underhanded. I am simply one of those people who likes learning about everyone's and anyone's point of view and perspective. :)
I know you are in England but since you are so well educated I was hoping you might have time to give me some suggestions.
Separation of church and state has become a major issue for me. I know fundamentalists will never see the logic in my beliefs, but I can no longer stand silently by while they turn this country into a theocracy. I want to be able to discuss the subject from an informed, educated and rational perspective. In other words I need to fill in some holes in my education. Can anyone suggest good reading resources that I can study? I would like to pull my arguments from a variety of sources - writings of the founding fathers for example and more contemporary authors as well.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Thank you for the nice welcome. It's the most amazing thing when I look at my family and see all these very intelligent people who actually believe in christianity - and not just christianity but the whole mormon thing as well. The U.S. does seem to be heading down a scary religious path and I think freethinkers are going to have to be more vocal than in the past.