W/Vents/ Encounters this week: Nothing really this week.
QOTW: Have you read any good books that critique religion and/or the belief in a God? I made it halfway through The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I thought it was really interesting and would like to pick it up again and re-read/finish it up.
AW/Vents/ Encounters this week: my husband's aunt was over discussing an upcoming christening for a cousin's twin babies, and suddenly she looked at me and said, "wait, are you going to get M baptized? Or H?" (M is 6m, H is 2.5y). I said, "well, no. I don't believe in that stuff. If someone else wants to baptize my kids, that's fine, but we sure as hell aren't making a party of it." Hah. My mom always said she was sure my Catholic grandmother couldn't handle us not being baptized, so she's convinced we must have been snuck away to a church at some point or another.
QOTW: Towing Jehovah by James K Morrow. Synopsis: God has died, and now God's body is floating in the ocean and the archangel Raphael hires a former tanker captain to tow the body into the Arctic to keep it preserved by the cold.
AW/Vents/ Encounters this week: Just people online who treat atheism as a belief system that has a set of rules. I keep wanting to shout that atheism is the lack of belief, and that lack is the only common denominator for atheist. It's not like a club (or a religion) where you have to obey certain rules to "be cool". The other day on Quora I saw someone had posted the question: "What if it was proven beyond any doubt that god exists, would atheists start to belive?" ALL the answers pointed out that a) that's up to that particular atheist and b ) if something is proven to exist there's no need for belief. *sigh* Some people.
QOTW: Have you read any good books that critique religion and/or the belief in a God? God Delusion is good, and so os The greatest show on Earth, both by Dawkins. He's a good writer although he's debate style is a little too rabid for my taste. One of the first ones I read was Holy blood, holy grail (don't remember author's name) which is about scientific evidence for Jesus' existance and the early days of the church. A good insight into how a religion can be organized.
ovenrack That book sounds a bit morbid, I'm inrigued. I have to see if I can find a copy.
AW/Vents/Encounters: I helped out a few kids who failed their finals in German or English prepare for the retest this week. One of them was muslim and fasting for rammadan. She need to turn her F into a B+ or something. She was willing to work hard but lack of sugars in her brain and the weird sleep pattern made it really hard for her to optimally focus. The result was so much errors in her practice tests, not really motivating. I was sad on her behalf. There were others who broke their fast for a couple of days to prepare and take the test and would do extra days afterwards. I cannot fathom that people would really believe that some God thinks that when exactly you eat during a certain set of days is more important than doing the best you can do in an exam.
QOTW: I am an historian of philosophy so my favorites are from the 17th century, and hence not that easy to read. I love Spinoza. In his Ethics (Part I, appendix) is a piece on how the God that creates the world for mankind and wants us to behave in certain ways is a figment of our imagination. I am in awe of his independent thinking at a time when non-compliance with organized religion was just not done.
AW/Vents/ Encounters this week: Nothing religious wise. I am sure religious crap will pop up once we have the baby. Which I will keep quiet but quietly rage inside since it was science for a fact that got us where we are. lol
QOTW: Have you read any good books that critique religion and/or the belief in a God? Haven't read any. Don't know that I plan to but maybe something will catch my interest.
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