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#1 Ken Gilmore

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 05:08 AM

AC Grayling is touting his latest book, entitled somewhat provocatively "The Good Book - A Humanist Bible". In short, he's drawn on a long tradition of secular writing over the few thousand years to produce an ethical tome free from religious influence. The Guardian comments:

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 mirrors the Bible in both form and language, and is, as its author says, "ambitious and hubristic – a distillation of the best that has been thought and said by people who've really experienced life, and thought about it". Drawing on classical secular texts from east and west, Grayling has "done just what the Bible makers did with the sacred texts", reworking them into a "great treasury of insight and consolation and inspiration and uplift and understanding in the great non-religious traditions of the world". He has been working on his opus for several decades, and the result is an extravagantly erudite manifesto for rational thought.

A somewhat more critical review comes from Channel 4:

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It strikes me that if you set out to produce a parody, you couldn’t do much better than this. I half expected on checking the date to see that it has first aired on April 1st.

There is an astonishing lack of self-awareness in a man who not only thinks he can edit a Bible, but is so serious about it, he can’t even see when his enterprise is being mocked.

He’s also fairly uncomplimentary about the “goat-herders” who (in his view) wrote the Bible. I don’t know if any biblical author was a goatherd (the proper English word, I believe, yodel-ay-o), but at least one claims to have been a shepherd.

I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
I will not look upon.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an everflowing stream. (
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Don’t give me all this religion, says the Lord according to the prophet Amos, give me justice.

For an ignorant shepherd of over 2,500 years ago, he seems to have a point of view that’s not a million miles away from some modern polemic.

Never mind, Professor Grayling, you’ve still got great hair.

Burn.






Edited by Ken Gilmore, 05 April 2011 - 05:19 AM.

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” - Galileo Galilei

#2 Fortigurn

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 05:16 AM

Nice! :D

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 05:28 AM

whats his profit margins?
"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” = "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" = "Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who maketh His angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire" Psalms (104:1) = "They saw what seemed to be flames of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them." Acts 2 - the secret is over, your ministering angel you need to be saved is the Holy Spirit.

Who Is the Holy Spirit?
http://www.btdf.org/forums/topic/20950-holy-spirit-mercia/

Mark Of The Beast - his Name is the charachter/image of the medievil popes (now modern man)
http://www.btdf.org/forums/topic/4997-mark-of-the-beast/page__pid__439951__st__120#entry439951

Historicists - Dual Fulfillment (seven thunders = more literal warning)
http://www.btdf.org/forums/topic/14248-historicists-revelation-has-a-dual-fulfillment/

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 05:39 AM

ok yours is from channel 4 as well.

Edited by Mercia2, 05 April 2011 - 05:41 AM.

"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” = "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" = "Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who maketh His angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire" Psalms (104:1) = "They saw what seemed to be flames of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them." Acts 2 - the secret is over, your ministering angel you need to be saved is the Holy Spirit.

Who Is the Holy Spirit?
http://www.btdf.org/forums/topic/20950-holy-spirit-mercia/

Mark Of The Beast - his Name is the charachter/image of the medievil popes (now modern man)
http://www.btdf.org/forums/topic/4997-mark-of-the-beast/page__pid__439951__st__120#entry439951

Historicists - Dual Fulfillment (seven thunders = more literal warning)
http://www.btdf.org/forums/topic/14248-historicists-revelation-has-a-dual-fulfillment/




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