One Can Learn a Lesson From Book Stores

Walk into any book store with an idea of what you want. Do you want one of those poorly written Grisham's? Fiction! Do you want our new president's stances? Current Affairs! What about Bernstein Bears? Children! How about the bible? Religion! The Koran? Religion! Torah? Religion!

The book stores have the order of things correct. Those books are not located in the nonfiction section and are rightfully all lumped together in a broad section of 'Religion'.

Now walk into Barnes and Nobles and look for "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris. Current Affairs!
Richard Dawkins? Current Affairs!

This is exactly where religion belongs; stuffed in a corner somewhere all huddled together in the cold waiting for the inevitable day that those books no longer sell and are removed and sent to recycling so some cheesy romance novel can be printed on it.

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Comment by Talibangelist on February 4, 2009 at 7:44am
Ahhhh conveinience!
Comment by Daniel W on February 3, 2009 at 9:44pm
I always loved reading about the Greek and Roman pantheons, and the ancient Egyptian and precolumbian Mexican religions. I would like to see the modern monotheisms have the same location in religious mythology. Unfortunately, living in a society immersed in christianity's fanatical silliness, and seeing the absolute destructive potential of the modern monotheistic faiths, I just can't file these religions in the same part of my mind as those benign appearing, ancient mythologies.

People often claim that the bible is literature, or history. But as literature, it's highly flawed. Some authors may been genius, others are more like accountants, transcribing dry lists of names or laws. As history, science and archeology also show the flaws. As mythology, it's proven its power to overpower other cultures, so there are lessons to be learned.

If it was up to me, I would have your way, and recycle the vile things into something less pathological.
Comment by Mike Hein on February 3, 2009 at 2:15pm
Nice. Nothing to add but props to you.


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