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I don't want to drag out the religion thing further, but I've never thought of faith as 'belief without proof'. That's a fairly recent idea and one I consider pretty harmful. It encourages people to never question their beliefs.

Please expand on this.

I think people regularly fail to comprehend what they profess to believe and will largely go to great lengths to avoid actually admitting that they have faith but not proof of what they believe in usually using terms like know and proof when actually they believe and faith means they don't require proof.

I am totally in favour of questioning everything, but then I am an ancient sceptic who has had the optimism beaten out of me and takes very little at face value.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:56:19 PM »
About a 100 pages into The Feed by Nick Windo Clark. This a beautifully written book. while I am a fan of dystopian futures this one leaves me without much hope a damn scary book.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:50:00 PM »
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Secondly, the belief that faith is belief without proof isn't universal to all religions.

A statement not an opinion, faith is exactly that. A belief without or not requiring proof to the believer. This is not a good or bad thing it just is. I am happy if you find comfort in religion of any flavour so long as it judges itself and not others.

There is a trollish arguement that whatever you believe or don't believe you don't actually know, which kind of makes us all agnostic really. Atheists tend to argue the hardest about this.

Personally I would consider myself a lazy atheist pushed more towards the not believing the more polarized various religions and sects get in meddling in the lives of others.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 21, 2019, 03:09:15 PM »
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So are we supposed to destroy these systems completely and live in a state of anarchy?

If you like, I am a big fan of dystopian futures, or maybe just question everything. Faith is belief without proof and if that works for you fine, but please think about your faith don't blindly follow.

I would count atheism as a religion it has the inverted belief structure of one after all.

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better exhaust ports for deathstars

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if you eat dry mango or apricots  that are bright yellow/orange they are full of sulphur try finding the less appealing brown coloured ones from a health food shop they will not bloat you.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:14:09 AM »
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I think there's a difference between what corrupt people and groups within the Church have done and what it actually teaches.

Take any social or political system and show me where that is not the case. It's like an iron law time corrupts. There are also the absolutist teachings that get quietly ignored largely because they were ridiculous when written and utterly irrelevant now.


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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:22:38 PM »
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In non-political scandal news: It comes to light that the Vatican has a secret rules for handling priests who father children, which apparently happens quite a lot. There is also recent discussion about widespread abuse of nuns by priests.

Religion is and always will be Political. There will always be those with religious beliefs who feel whatever their books says trumps the rule of law and a very corrupt world-view becomes permissible.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 17, 2019, 04:18:10 PM »
The Feed is about information overload and what happens when it goes away. It's by Nick Clark Windo.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feed-chilling-dystopian-page-turner-explode-ebook/dp/B06XRL6HDG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550420172&sr=8-1&keywords=the+feed

I have read Feed trilogy by Mira Grant along with the various other stories in the same world and am inclined to agree with you. The last time I loaned out a copy it was returned as the reader had a nightmare after reading to page 40.

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season 3 of the Expanse. So far very good.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 17, 2019, 07:01:23 AM »
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I really enjoyed John Dies at the End, but felt that This Book is Full of Spiders was actually better if not quite as out there

Good to know.

Starting the feed because you can never have enough dystopian futures.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« on: February 16, 2019, 04:13:31 PM »
Everything by Tom Holt
Rude Tales and glorious (if you can find a copy)
Flashman


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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 16, 2019, 04:07:20 PM »
Finished John Dies at the end a nasty twisted and probably damaging book written in a light-hearted manner. This book is full of spiders goes on the TBR pile.

Started The Written by Ben Galley and finding it hard to engage and annoyed by stuff a decent edit would have sorted out. I have not read any of Ben's work previously and probably should have picked Chasing Graves or Heart of stone as the concept for both books.

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