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The Metaphors Overwhelmed Me...my Own Fault Probably

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Posted by Mike Pearson on April 2, 2002 04:06:53 UTC

"It's surprising to me how many people actually believe this stuff. And it's apalling how dangerous it is."
According to Alan Watts, himself a former Anglican minister, 'belief' was from an Anglo-Saxon word for "strong wish."
I've heard that disputed too.
The song Amazing Grace contains a line
"the day I first believed."
Jimmy Durante used to say," You gotta believe!"

Anyway, the church I (and Yanniru, apparently, and who else here?)
were raised in a denomination that was founded near Aberdeen, Scotland
and as you know those folks probably invented of early modern science per capita than any other nation.

This denomination also raised Darwin and Newton.
It's convenient to have a support system with an ostensible mission that is not only about temporal power. I admit I don't care about the Trinity as theology, and though I'm not as good at calculus as he was 375 years ago, neither did Isaac Newton.

Ya know, the code of Hammurabi
said any nun who entered a tavern would be burned alive (according to the book AN INCOMPLETE EDUCATION.) Humans were wretched before church showed up, as evidenced by the great number of barbarous wars of early history .

Just a counterbalancing word.

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