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Quirky and Intelligent,
This review is from: The Reason Driven Life: What Am I Here on Earth For? (Hardcover)
Thankfully, someone with a brain had the patience to read The Purpose-Driven Life. I guess it moved Bob Price to eloquence, and his respectful response is this collection of thoughts prompted by Rick Warren's mega-seller. It essentially tells us to avoid joining any church remotely like Warren's stadium church/rock concert cults, because these teach that you shouldn't think for yourself; that you should take Bronze-Age myths literally; and that you should bathe yourself in that lifestyle so there'll be no time in your schedule for reflection or to address the cognitive dissonance that will inevitably arise if you have one neuron left in your skull.
There is some wonderful wisdom here, and Price has plenty of experience in teaching the reader about Bible mythology and the illusion of god. The main problem with this book is that some of the forty mini-chapters that make up this book are fairly boring. In each chapter, Price is addressing a topic from the same chapter in Rick Warren's book. So while these less-engaging chapters are useful in a comparative sense, you may find yourself skimming over a few of these entries.
Price is a treasure, and I heartily recommend this humorous answer to evangelical balderdash.
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Initial post: Feb 12, 2008 5:38:07 PM PST
Savi Mohan says:
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2008 8:41:34 PM PST
Me and not you says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2008 4:15:10 PM PDT
A Discerning Reader says:
The problem is--if you look dispassionately at the evidence, you'll find the bible to be a book written by many Bronze-age men under no godly inspiration. The creation story, the flood, the exodus, and even the events purporting to star Jesus almost certainly never occurred. Anthropology, biology, archeology, linguistics, and many other fields have compiled a mountain of evidence to support my claims above. Appealing to a debunked book, like the bible, won't convince anyone that you've seriously considered that YOU could be wrong. Weigh up objective evidence on either side of the issue on whether or not the bible is a holy book. The bible loses every time. It's scary, but liberating, to start thinking for yourself.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2008 4:18:32 PM PDT
A Discerning Reader says:
It's wonderful that many religious people perform many acts of service to their families and communities. This doesn't mean that the banner under which they perform these deeds is correct. There is no evidence for a god who runs the universe, cares about living things on the planet, or any other x-tian mythology. Religious people are often ridiculous, supporting ideas that have been discredited by reputable sources many decades ago. At best, religious people make us sad--somehow, a combination of family and community pressure has shut down the critical thinking skills that could help them see the error in their thinking.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2008 10:26:47 PM PDT
M. Rodriguez says:
How tripe. Pascal's wager - gee is that all you have? By your own logic you had better start believing in the Koran as well. You never know if that is going to be the right one or not - so don't screw yourself out of missing the 72 virigns!
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