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13-08-2011, 02:02 AM
What is your good book?
Religious people often recommend reading their holy books to help put you into a better mental state. It is a long time since I tried reading the psalms (or even ecclesiastes) for such a purpose.

However recently I had been thinking of the Ancestors Tale as my Old Testament and the End of Faith as my New Testament.

Yesterday I bought and started reading The Good Back. I hasten to affirm I do not think of any of these books as Holy Books. Dawkins forbid! But I could argue that they fulfil a spiritual role for me.

Any thoughts?
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13-08-2011, 02:13 AM
RE: What is your good book?
Risk - The science and politics of fear by Daniel Gardner.

This book greatly influenced my life
Not really a book about atheism, but a survival guide for sensitive people, living in an over-informed world.

I recommend this book for 110%!

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18-08-2011, 10:35 AM
RE: What is your good book?
Why "Dawkins Forbid!"? The God Delusion really IS a great book.
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18-08-2011, 11:01 AM
RE: What is your good book?
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“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” ~ Gautama Buddha
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18-08-2011, 05:35 PM
RE: What is your good book?
One of my early bulwarks was The Story of Mankind by Van Loon.
Then Shakespeare, then Joseph Campbell.
And if i really wanted to show my age, Jules Feiffer - but he was only a fad.

It's not the mean god I have trouble with - it's the people who worship a mean god.
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18-08-2011, 06:06 PM
 
RE: What is your good book?
(18-08-2011 05:35 PM)Peterkin Wrote:  And if i really wanted to show my age, Jules Feiffer - but he was only a fad.

Showing age: Aldous Huxley, John Galsworthy, Scott Nearing

More recent: Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Barbara Kingsolver, John LeCarre.
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18-08-2011, 07:58 PM
RE: What is your good book?
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

I'm not a non believer, I believe in the possibility of anything. I just don't let the actuality of something be determined by a 3rd party.
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19-08-2011, 09:38 PM
RE: What is your good book?
Blood Music, and Anvil of the Stars both by Greg Bear.

The first one is about transhumanism. The last raises some interesting moral and ethical dilemma's making it worthy of being a 'good book.'

“Forget Jesus, the stars died so you could be born.” - Lawrence M. Krauss
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20-08-2011, 11:06 AM
RE: What is your good book?
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlan and Illusions by Richard Bach

To me these sorts of fiction tales help people grasp their questions in their own unique way.

I'm just mentioning books anyone should read =p

I'm not a non believer, I believe in the possibility of anything. I just don't let the actuality of something be determined by a 3rd party.
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21-08-2011, 09:43 AM
RE: What is your good book?
I find myself referring to this one almost every morning. It has given me great comfort and eased my worried mind more than once.

Breathing - it's more art than science.
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