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Holly Stick

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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #30 on: October 21, 2009, 01:25:10 PM »
This may be the appropriate thread for this, an interesting column about Karen Armstrong.  
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...Her new book, The Case for God, is an argument of advocacy for apophatic theology: the argument that nothing can be said about God, because God is beyond the ability of human reasoning to define, too vast to be labelled as a being, and only knowable as Being.

She finds nothing but tedious, infantile theology in the current pop debate over whether God is “a big guy in the sky doing stuff” that's pitting religious fundamentalists against celebrity atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, known collectively as the Ditchkins group.

In Toronto on the last stop of her North American book tour before heading home to London, she sat down to talk about rescuing the God who once was: the God absorbed through music, poetry, art, liturgy – an existential pointing to something that was beyond precise language...
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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #31 on: October 21, 2009, 03:09:49 PM »
I have enjoyed all of her previous books a lot. Her two books on having been a nun are chilling.

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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #32 on: October 21, 2009, 03:24:15 PM »
From Foreign Policy Magazine .....


Think Again: God

Not a defence of God - more a defence of religion .... there are some interesting passages ....

It may seem quite long - but the pages are short.

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Hassan al-Banna (1906-1949), founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, began his movement by translating the social message of the Koran into a modern idiom, founding clinics, hospitals, trade unions, schools, and factories that gave workers insurance, holidays, and good working conditions. In other words, he aimed to bring the masses to modernity in an Islamic setting. The Brotherhood’s resulting popularity was threatening to Egypt’s secular government, which could not provide these services. In 1949, Banna was assassinated, and some members of the Brotherhood splintered into radical offshoots in reaction.
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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #33 on: October 21, 2009, 03:40:41 PM »
I have four or five Karen Armstrong books, but not the ones about being a nun. What are the titles of those, Caissa?

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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #34 on: October 22, 2009, 07:18:10 AM »
Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase, Boom Boom.

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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #35 on: October 22, 2009, 08:51:22 AM »
Thanks. Of the two, which would you recommend?

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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #36 on: October 22, 2009, 08:59:00 AM »
The first is her experience as a nun, the second is her recovery story. If you were only going to choose one, pick the first.

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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #37 on: December 28, 2009, 08:46:59 AM »
Serious Religious Truths

        During these serious times, people of all faiths should remember these four religious truths:

            1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's chosen people.

            2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

            3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.

            4. Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.

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Re: The Evolution of Belief
« Reply #38 on: December 29, 2009, 11:02:31 PM »
:lol:

 

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