Good books generally (was: Literary Disappointments)

Tue Feb 18 07:12:54 PST 2003

> The one I saw on Nancy Buttons that I liked was 
> "Who are you to contradict your God's wish that I not believe in him"


Since God created doubt, you certainly have a right to use it against him.

Ahem. This was by me.

> Or
> "My personal relationship with God is just fine; It's his fan clubs I
> can't stand"

A favorite of mine: 

"You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better
imaginary friend."              --Rich Jeni, on war over religion

> BTW I noticed SKZB use a semi colon in Issola.  This is probably the
> first time I've ever seen one used, have I used it correctly here? :-)
> Mark

I've seen it used in this manner; however, it is used incorrectly
more than not.

As one side of an argument (Steve, *stop* rubbing your hands together
like that), I would postulate that if those reading your words receive
their meaning as it was intended to be received, then the method of
of that communication is inconsequential.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nytemuse [mailto:nytemuse at auros.org] 
> Sent: 18 February 2003 00:02
> To: Dragaera Mailing List
> Subject: Re: Good books generally (was: Literary Disappointments)
> On Mon, 17 Feb 2003, Andrew Lias wrote:
> > >I stay as far away from most fundamentalists as I can, but I would 
> > >think
> > >just the opposite.  Close textual analysis may indicate
> contradictions and 
> > >inconsistencies, and the idea that there would be contradictions and 
> > >inconsistencies is anathema to people who believe that God dictated
> the 
> > >Bible and that its every word is law.
> > 
> > At the risk of touching off a flamewar, my experience with 
> > fundamentalists
> > would suggest that they do, indeed, read all of the passages most
> closely in 
> > order that they might then explain all the inconsistencies away.
> Not that I'm trying to add to a flamewar, but the fundamentalists I've
> come across read a lot, but either don't read enough or don't think
> about what they've read.  Personally, I prefer to use the "If God is
> omnipotent, can he create a boulder too heavy for him to lift?"  And the
> variations thereof.  Obviously it's nowhere near a good argument, but at
> least you know that's one question they can never answer!
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