Re: Christ, evangelicals and divine punishments...

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Jan 09 2000 - 21:18:14 MST

john grigg wrote:

> I don't know you personally Spike but the idea of you being smoldering,
> overdone toast does bother me! :)

Ja me too. {8^D However, as I said, I have to my own satisfaction
determined that the notion of a universal power casting into the lake
of fire those who fail to believe, is one that evolved in order for
the powerful to control the proletariate.

I was once a fundamentalist believer, but in college I happened to sit
in on a physics colloquium where Carl Sagan's Cosmos, which led me
to Steven J. Gould's Ever Since Darwin, which led me to Darwin
himself. I was amazed at how thought provoking a 130 year old
book could be: Darwin's Origin of Species and the Descent of Man
are two books that revolutionized my view of everything.

Today I am a formally trained Old Testament scholar and atheist
without the slightest cogitive dissonance or doubt regarding my
convictions. How I wish I had discovered Darwin at age 11
instead of 22. I would have saved myself much time during the
critical formative years. Good luck to you, John, in your own
search for truth. {8-] spike

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