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Go to: Simply ... should I read the bible?

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Comment 25 by logicophilosophicus :

In terms of content, there are very few purely miraculous/mythological stories in the Bible. The Greek myths are far more superstitious, with multiple gods appearing in a variety of forms to perform all manner of miracles; in fact that's pretty much all they do.

"There is no version of primeval history, preceding the discoveries of modern science, that is as rational and as inspiriting as that of the Book of Genesis." Isaac Asimov.

In the Bible there are indeed some miraculous / mythological story as for example the creation of the world in six days, the great flood, the mixing of languages ​​at the tower of Babel, stopping the sun to battle lasted longer, driving the donkey to speak, 10 Egyptian plagues, parting the Red Sea, Samson's hair, miraculously surviving Daniel in the lions' pit, and later other people in the fiery furnace, and let's not forget the virgin conception, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and other supernatural events surrounding his life. And these are just some of the many miraculous / mythological stories in the bible.

I would not call that "there are very few purely miraculous / mythological stories in the Bible." Because the Bible is full of them, but you are free to ignore it.

And when you already quoted Asimov, he also said this: "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived." ~ Isaac Asimov

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:25:28 UTC | #950967

Go to: Simply ... should I read the bible?

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I read the whole (Catholic) Bible. There are more text because some parts of the Bible, Protestants do not recognize as a "true word of God"! I'm a little disappointed when I realized that in my language, the Bible does not mention unicorns. Only the English King James Bible has a unicorn, and the Bible in my language, mentions buffalo. And you know what, the Bible is actually a very boring book.

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:07:26 UTC | #950959

Go to: Evolution of Birds Is Result of a Drastic Change in How Dinosaurs Developed

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"While it's clear simply from looking at the skulls of dinosaurs and modern birds that the two creatures are vastly different -- dinosaurs have distinctively long snouts and mouths bristling with teeth, while birds have proportionally larger eyes and brains -- it was the realization that skulls of modern birds and juvenile dinosaurs show a surprising degree of similarity that sparked the study"

And what about the theropods, which also had beaks like birds, and also does not have the typical reptilian head, for example oviraptoridae, therizinosauridae, alvarezsauridae, ornithomimidae.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:04:33 UTC | #944988

Go to: Evolution of Birds Is Result of a Drastic Change in How Dinosaurs Developed

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Comment 12 by Zeuglodon :

Birds are dinosaurs with neoteny? Before now, I would have thought that birds were coelurosaurs with more feathering than usual, unless coelurosaurs were also neotenous. In principle, then, we could treat a bird with the appropriate growth hormones so that it would keep growing? What a fascinating idea, I have to admit.

I wonder if mammals are neotenous cynodonts...

Or more specifically birds were coelurosaurs who have used feathers to fly.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:30:50 UTC | #944979

Go to: Sean Faircloth on The Secular Buddhist podcast

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Comment 8 by Schrodinger's Cat :

Comment 7 by Ignorant Amos

My point is that there isn't politics and then religion as something seperate.........there's really a spectrum with a broad overlap. This is precisely why Islam, for example, is so great a danger as it is actually highly political yet masquerades as a 'religion'.

Islam is a religion. Only in most Arab countries, there is still no separation of religion from the state (except perhaps Turkey, although there is still religion has some influence on policy).

And do not forget that many Christian communities affected and want to have a direct impact on state policy (especially in the USA).

Christian radicals are just as dangerous as the Islamic radicals.

Fri, 11 May 2012 16:39:58 UTC | #941045

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