john grigg wrote:
> Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 12:58:12 -0800
> From: John Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: Sasha's Web Page
> At 11:52 AM -0800 11/16/1999, J. R. Molloy wrote:
> >Happily, it seems religious fanatics spend too much time quarreling >among
> >themselves to take up a quarrel with extropy.
> You'll find them hard at work on the sci.skeptic, sci.astro, alt.origins and
> alt.atheist newsgroups. Not much energy left for us.
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> It is only a matter of time before transhumanism and extropianism is taken
> up as a target for evangelical criticism, mark my words. In time there will
> be at least several evangelical websites that will have articles denouncing
> I am a Mormon and I can tell you a huge amount of energy goes toward
> debating my church.
> It is just a matter of time for these events to happen. It should be very
> interesting to watch them play out.
In fact, John, two young Mormon fellows visit me every week-end -- not for the purpose of religious conversion, but to discuss theological matters and the relationship of Religion to Society. Of course, I have been educated in the Doctrine in the process, and consider it a valuable addition to my knowledge base. At least my visitors do NOT have a seige mentality, but a very mature attitude toward ideological wars.
My question is: what wait? Why not launch a non-lethal pre-emptive strike? Mission: to demonstrate that an ideological attack would be self-defeating, and to emphasize common points, like the belief in the perfectibility of human life (without getting lost in purely semantic issues)?