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04-03-2014, 02:17 AM
Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
I mean, even though they are false, I think religion and it's texts are an important part of history because they influence so many people.
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04-03-2014, 02:20 AM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
Absolutely.

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04-03-2014, 03:09 AM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
Historical text ? Yes.
Literature as showing how ancient people fabricate their daydreams and wishes ? Yes.
Literature as having positive sociology and psychological meanings ? Yes
Literature as providing comfort by reading them ? No, or at least not for me.

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04-03-2014, 03:12 AM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
The books of hodge podge alagory that were used to enslave billions.

I'd say the several monotheistic texts are and will allways be the most Important literary works to mankind.

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04-03-2014, 05:07 AM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
I guess we could probably use them as "How Not To Live" guides.

Or reminders of just how ridiculous cherry picking can get.
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04-03-2014, 05:33 AM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
(04-03-2014 02:17 AM)Aleprauchanist Wrote:  I mean, even though they are false, I think religion and it's texts are an important part of history because they influence so many people.

From a historical perspective; how the texts have influenced people, cultures and the world...? Yes. Yes they are important.

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04-03-2014, 07:19 AM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
(04-03-2014 05:33 AM)Free Thought Wrote:  From a historical perspective; how the texts have influenced people, cultures and the world...? Yes. Yes they are important.

This sums up my views nicely.
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04-03-2014, 07:59 AM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
To understand much of (English) literature, a passing knowledge of the Bible is necessary as there are so many Biblical references in it.

Just take book titles, for example.
East of Eden
Inherit the Wind
Grapes of Wrath
The Sun Also Rises
Stranger in a Strange Land
A Time to Kill
A River Runs Through It
Leviathan
Chariots of Fire
A House Divided
...and many more.

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04-03-2014, 02:24 PM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
Yes of course... In the same way as ancient Greek, Roman or Celtic religious texts are an important part of literature. Today we call them "mythology", but they were once believed in the same way that Christianity is today.

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04-03-2014, 02:54 PM
RE: Do any other Atheists think religious texts are important parts of literature
To answer the question in the title of the thread. It is only as important to remember what bad claims result in.

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