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In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 7:58:16 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 7:59:57 PM PDT
I just think that if I read books by atheists the least you can do is read a book by a Christian. Otherwise your mind is closed and you have only chosen one way of thinking. I am at least open to hearing atheists thoughts.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:01:35 PM PDT
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"I have a great sense of humor..."

Everyone thinks that about themselves. However, if you did not have a sense of humor you probably wouldn't know it. Saying that you "have a great sense of humor" is pretty much evidence that you don't.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:17:41 PM PDT
You feel you have, but intellectually know you havent.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:18:38 PM PDT
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"I also keep some of Buddah's quotes on my wall because they ring true."

It's BUDDHA, Rebecca, not Buddah.

"I've reviewed for the Dalai Lama. He has some interesting ideas."

I reviewed for that Jesus guy. He also had some interesting ideas, but he scared me a little bit. He was really into himself, if you know what I mean.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:19:54 PM PDT
Oh, i have read plenty of theist writings, including many different versions of the bible. I dismissed that book out of hand, because the title already demonstrated a lack of clear thinking. Asserting proof and then immediately saying, "well maybe" afterwards isnt really a good thing. Why would i want to read even more about circular logic? Seriously?

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:24:59 PM PDT
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Posted on May 11, 2012 8:25:30 PM PDT
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Now, what i actually am reading right now is a book entitled Moses and Akhenaten: The Secret History of Egypt at the Time of the Exodus...well, that and book 10 in the WoT series. Then i will be reading a book entitled Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age. After that, i have Across Atlantic Ice: The Origin of America's Clovis Culture sitting on my nightstand.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:27:22 PM PDT
Of that I have no doubt.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:41:32 PM PDT
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Posted on May 11, 2012 10:04:00 PM PDT
Terry says:
I love lively, intelligent discussions about religion that remain civil. I'd say we're doing pretty well in that area.

FYI: The Dalai Lama himself says that technically he is not a religious leader because Buddhism is not a religion because Buddhists do not believe in a god. He considers himself a spiritual leader.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 10:14:09 PM PDT
Ursiform says:
Terry--Good point. Always nice to have a sane and civil contribution to the discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 12:03:44 AM PDT
John Duncan says:
I did. I read The Dawkins Delusion (Alister McGrath). Embarrassingly bad.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 4:39:11 AM PDT
John Green says:
I read "Why God Won't Go Away" by McGrath. The man has no idea how to form an argument, probably because he knows he can't prove what he's saying, which is probably why it was mostly railing against the leaders of pro-atheist movements than the existence of God.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 8:27:00 AM PDT
Jason K: <... authors [or author's?] who can't write their way out of an airsickness bag. >

Hi, Jason do yew rekall Harlan Ellisons comment about author's who couldnt "write there way out of a pay toilets"?

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 8:28:08 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 9:05:33 AM PDT
Hi Deja,

You wouldn't happen to be friends with Regardless Devon Victory, would you? I only ask because you both have a similar writing style and a broad range of accomplishments.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 9:40:34 AM PDT
John Duncan says:
"I read 'Why God Won't Go Away' by McGrath. The man has no idea how to form an argument, "

You'd think so, yes, but before he found God he certainly knew how to form an argument. If you search for him on the web you can find this:

"He was elected to an open major scholarship at Wadham College, Oxford University, to study chemistry from October 1971, where his tutors included Jeremy R. Knowles and R. J. P. Williams. He gained first class honours in chemistry in June 1975, and began research in molecular biophysics in the Oxford University Department of Biochemistry under the supervision of Professor Sir George K. Radda, FRS, who is presently head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University."

As it happens I knew all of the three people mentioned ("knew" because one of them has died), two of them very well. If he was taught by Jeremy Knowles and Bob Williams then he had about the best grounding in chemistry he could have had at Oxford at that time. Continuing with George Radda would only have added to that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 5:33:45 PM PDT
Terry,

One of Buddha's quotes states that evil doers will suffer in the next life. So they must believe in some
sort of hell or maybe Buddha was talking about reincarnation. I have two books to read on
Buddhism which I feel will be enlightening for me.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 5:39:48 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 6:31:56 PM PDT
"One of Buddha's quotes states that evil doers will suffer in the next life. "

Please provide the actual quote for perspective.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 7:02:00 PM PDT
Terry says:
That remark is referring to reincarnation. Buddhists believe in reincarnation as a progression toward attainment of enlightenment. An individual's reincarnations are dependent upon their karma, which is either good or bad, depending upon their actions in each life. The ultimate "what goes around, comes around". There is no heaven or hell for Buddhists.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 7:04:04 PM PDT
Yep.

Posted on May 12, 2012 7:27:28 PM PDT
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Buddhism is just as complex and as diversified as Christianity. There are different branches--such as Theravada and Mahayana-- as well as many different regional traditions. My oldest son married into a Buddhist family just last year at a temple in Maui. His bride's father, uncles, and brothers are all Buddhist monks or priests in Japan (she was raised in a temple in Hiroshima). Broad generalizations about Buddhists and their beliefs are often as error-riddled as generalizations about Christians, Muslims, or Hindus.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 6:04:02 AM PDT
John Green says:
That's shifting to a higher plane of existence or some sort of transformation after death based upon their relationship to the universe as a whole- with everything being transient. It's not dependent upon the worship of a single omnipotent being, and you know this so why even try to twist things around like that? That's the problem with faith-based discussions- people keep forgetting the key word is 'faith' not reason. And the simple fact that someone else believes differently from you undermines everyone's position. Best to just let this go already.
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