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Go to: A lawsuit too far?

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You have to leave out Bach and Mozart. You go back even 100 years all the composers were believers.

Modern Christian music causes nausea. It is like distilled insincerity.

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:40:17 UTC | #950903

Go to: Talking to people works!

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I have heard of a number of people saying that one read of the God Delusion was all it took. I am amazed. In my experience, people are more likely to shake heroin than Christianity. Granted, to even read Dawkins, they have to be pretty open.

Does anyone say if there were any arguments in particular that capped it for them?

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:37:24 UTC | #950902

Go to: Suffering

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Christopher Hitchens wrote a book about Mother Theresa. He charged that when patients were dying in extreme pain (e.g. pancreas cancer) she would tell them that the pain was “Jesus’ kisses” and they should feel grateful. She had millions in the bank, but refused to buy pain killers or sterile needles.

She was mentally ill. All Christians who have this weird enjoyment of inflicting suffering on others are not right in the head.

The experience I most want to avoid is falling into the care of Christians on my deathbed. That is the most hellish thing I consider within the realm of probability.

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:23:53 UTC | #950844

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

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Since English literature, and idioms quote heavily from the bible, it is necessary just to understand the language to read the bible.

Reading it cover to cover will make two huge points:

  1. it is mostly boring and very badly written. It is not the great masterwork of literature it is cracked up to be. There are some moments of brilliance, but most of it is appalling, hardly the work of a deity.

  2. Jehovah the god is not loving, kind, perfect. He is a peevish, petty, evil little gnome. Christians never quote the vast majority of the bible which talks about his bad behaviour.

I have composed a bible study guide of some of the stranger parts of the bible. It is on my website. Moderators have told me I may not directly link to it.

Only the Jehovah's witnesses take seriously what the bible says, though they find ways to twist the interpretation. It is very rare to find anyone but an atheist who has read the whole thing.

Most Christians have only been exposed to a minute faction of it — the greatest hits. I can't think of a more effective way to disillusion a Christian than to dare him into reading the entire bible.

Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
~ Isaac Asimov 1920-01-02 1992-03-06

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:22:26 UTC | #950843

Go to: How atheism helped me deal with cancer

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I have been dealing with HIV since 1985. I think it gave me far less trouble than my Christian friends in a similar boat. The thing that bothered me was I had so much I wanted to get done that I would not have the time/energy to do.

I did not waste a microsecond fretting over Jehovah the god judging or tormenting me. I wasted no time imagining I was being supernaturally punished. It was just some small creatures had taken up lodging and there were nasty side effects. I did not even feel any great antipathy to the viruses. They were just trying to make a living. Most of my friends died, and I survived. Part of it surely has to be that I did not add unnecessarily to the stress with religious imaginings.

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:34:37 UTC | #950793

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