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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 7 hours ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 18, 2014 at 12:42pm

"sci-fi" (pronounced "sigh-fie" or "skiffy") usually means "cheap Japanese monster movies."  The good stuff, beginning with Robert A. Heinlein's 1939 short story "Life-Line," is always people stories.

Lately I've been feasting on the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey...she's one of the few writers who uses humor to flesh out her characters...as did Heinlein.

I still haven't made up my mind about Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels; they start out as SF, but have a great deal of what I classify as fantasy (mind-reading, psi, etc.)

Anyway, SF and Fantasy (and mysteries) have been my choice of reading for entertainment since I was a teenager.  I also like biographies of famous, or interesting, atheists.  And Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series.

I haven't read any new books in about 5 years because I can't afford them, and I have no way to get to any of the local libraries.  There used to be a small branch a few blocks from my house, but they enlarged and moved it over by the airport....and didn't make the parking lot big enough.

So...I just re-read my (enormous) collection every few years.

PS: I think A Fall of Moondust was by Arthur C. Clarke.  I read a condensed Readers Digest version of that one years and years ago.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 11:08am

@ KH - Yes, Mockingbird is a wonderful book, and one of the few where the film actually did it justice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 18, 2014 at 10:53am

Comment by k.h. ky on September 18, 2014 at 10:46am
I don't care for sci-fi either. One of my favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it when it first came out and have reread it through the years. I'm like Spud.I can't remember anything.
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:57am

My poor memory doesn't recall many of the books I've read, but I do remember the name "A Fall of Moondust".  It must have impressed me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:55am

I like The Martian Chronicles.  Haven't read Fahrenheit 451, but didn't like the movie.  That's saying nothing about the book.  I've seen quite a few Sci-Fi movies that were trash, but the books were good.

Comment by Plinius on September 18, 2014 at 8:50am

Now and then I still return to The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The stories are as beautiful and meaningful as fifty years ago.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:48am

@Spud - Yeah, the primitives end up messing big time with the crew's perception of reality, 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:41am

That Bramble sounds interesting.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 18, 2014 at 8:33am

No, in this one a crew lands on a planet that seems to have some "primitive" caveman-like creatures living there, but the "primitives" turn out to be powerful beyond imagination. I've also been looking for a story titled The Day After the Day the Martians Came I think by George Alec Effinger. It's one of the most hilarious things I've ever read.

 

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