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Go to: Happy Birthday Richard Dawkins!

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Happy Birthday. May the FSM grant you many more years! :)

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:29:00 UTC | #452686

Go to: The faith trap

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Comment #471027 by Border Collie

That makes me appreciate even more how lucky I am to be working and living in an environment where such prejudices are rather rare. Your comment has made me realise what it must be like not to have that luxury. Thank you.

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 23:01:00 UTC | #450957

Go to: The faith trap

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My mid-life career change (through redundancy after 17 years in one company) was traumatic enough. 7 years later I feel very fortunate, but recognise that it would be so much harder for a member of the clergy, who would lose the whole structure of his/her life, home and friends, as well as their place of work and final salary pension scheme. Drawing parallels with plumbers is not very realistic. I would support a fund to help the clergy through this painful process. I am slightly surprised that 'our' community does not see the PR benefits to 'our' cause (if indeed we have a collective cause).

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 21:10:00 UTC | #450933

Go to: The faith trap

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I'm with all the others who recognise that a digression at the beginning of a topic is the best way to get people's attention, and in this case the question was clearly unanswerable. It is the starter that prepares the palette for the main course.

I am reminded of the tale about someone having to say grace in latin at a college dinner, and having not had a classical education he ventured "Omo domestos persil daz" and was rewarded with a loud "Amen". Similarly at another college where it was the tradition to say grace between courses, someone said "May the remembrance of the pork be as far from us as East is from West".

Having digressed . . . thank goodness that Paula is back to bring her usual clarity to every argument. Don't stay away so long next time please Paula!

I have almost escaped unscathed from the clutches of the Anglican Church myself, but I do feel that it would be more difficult for a priest than for anyone else. In my case it was the vicar who kindly pointed me to "The God Delusion" along with McGrath's ridiculous response. The fact that I am here reading posts on this site indicates that I am one of the people helped - liberated - by Richard, and thankful for it. So many answers to the questions that I had been asking myself for so many years.

So now I have to ask myself - is it any less hypocritical that I continue to ring the church bells for services? (For those reading from other parts of the world you may not understand the English art of Change Ringing but you can surely read about it elsewhere.) Surely this is the equivalent of saying grace at a formal dinner. The fact that I still continue to ring regularly and that I agree with Richard's stance on grace-saying are probably linked.

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 20:57:00 UTC | #450927

Go to: Did Cooking Make Us Human?

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So they claim (with some evidence, but only in Horizon's normal desperately slow and repetitive way) that cooking leads to larger brains and smaller guts. Assuming that this is true (and this is only my assumption) might this be involved in a human preference for slimmer figures, as carried to extremes in the fashion industry. (Or maybe I'm just justifying an admiration for intelligent women . . . who happen therefore to be slim!)

Would anyone like to join me in a petition for Horizon to produce a 15 minute condensed version of each of their programmes. Then those of us with an IQ higher than Homo Erectus could digest it more quickly?

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 21:26:00 UTC | #446660

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