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Forum: Religion 05 May 2013, 02:30 PM
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Posted By thorny locust
Not precisely. If you think that something's...

Not precisely. If you think that something's silly, then in your opinion it is silly. There's a difference.




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Forum: Religion 03 May 2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 90,101
Posted By thorny locust
Plenty of people find some other people's sexual...

Plenty of people find some other people's sexual behavior to be silly or even repulsive. There are even people who find all sexual behavior to be silly or even repulsive. Sex, nevertheless, is...
Forum: Religion 02 May 2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 90,101
Posted By thorny locust
Yes, it certainly isn't part of the central...

Yes, it certainly isn't part of the central canon; which I think it is in Islam (though I'm quite willing to be corrected there.)
Forum: Religion 02 May 2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 103
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Posted By thorny locust
Opinions vary (three Jews, four opinions, goes...

Opinions vary (three Jews, four opinions, goes the saying.) Some Jews don't believe there was even any such person. Others think there was a historic person called Jesus (sometimes referred to by...
Forum: Religion 30 April 2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 103
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Posted By thorny locust
Thanks, hambubba and Tom o' Bedlam. To...

Thanks, hambubba and Tom o' Bedlam.


To amplify a bit on the difference between fiction and lies: good fiction tells the truth, though it does so in the form of a lie. I was thinking of a quote...
Forum: Religion 30 April 2013, 04:45 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 90,101
Posted By thorny locust
Parables are neither truth nor fiction. ...

Parables are neither truth nor fiction.

Ditto a great deal of poetry.

Also, there's quite a bit of ancient writing, both religious and otherwise, in which, unless somebody actually comes up...
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