when is the movie going to happen???
Can not wait for movie. I am reading the book right now in class for a project. We are suppost to read like 30 pages a day for 3 weeks but im already halfway through the book on my third day reading this! this is such a great book that makes you want to read it again and again.
For anything to be real, it must be composed of atoms and neutrons and such - physical matter, that is. Gods can ONLY be imagined - and feared where Christianity is concerned.
As is so often the case, the people who would most profit from reading this book are the last people on Earth who will do so.
Yes, Ron, I have read that joke before. I sure wish there would be more common ground. But many Christians are prejudiced against atheists, thinking that since an atheist is not obeying any God, he or she must be more immoral than Christians. Many would not even vote for an atheist for President, or even other offices. Though some atheists are so extreme, they think all religions are dangerous. Meanwhile in the land of my birth, which is now the Czech Republic, atheists are frequently getting elected, no problem, after all only about 20% of Czechs are still Christian. And the murder rate in the Czech Republic is much lower than here in America. True, there is more corruption in the Czech Republic, but that is because it is a poorer country than America. In general, the poorer the country, the more corruption there, because the salaries are lower, so more temptation.
Lots of common ground to be found between Christians and Atheists - they don't believe in 99% of the same gods.
Ian, gods could be real. Just because I haven't seen one, and you haven't seen one, does not prove that the likelihood of a god existing is infinitely small. And if there is an afterlife, and if it is better than this life, that would be great. I would love to meet my dead relatives again, or my dead dog too.
JAVSimson, you seem to be buying into the argumentum ad populum fallacy. The fact that lots of people throughout history were (and still are) superstitious is not evidence that gods are real. There is no evidence for the existence of any of the thousands of gods that people have manufactured to cover their ignorance, so there is no reason to believe.
There is as much evidence for the Tooth Fairy as there is for any god - i.e. none at all, and I'm sure you have no qualms about asserting that the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist. In fact, I suspect that you'd view an adult who professed belief in the Tooth Fairy to be delusional, despite the fact that you don't know for sure that she doesn't exist.
Why give a god more respect, when all the evidence shows that the likelihood of a god existing is infinitesimally small? Is it fear of the unknown? Fear of death? Hope for an afterlife? Because it's certainly not rational or honest to profess belief when all the evidence stands against the idea that gods are real.
Gods aren't real. Grow up!
Sorry, Ian Brett Cooper, but I believe that religious agnosticism is the only honest position to take when talking about "God." Since the idea of God--or gods--seems to have been around since before human language was first recorded (in stone or bone), it's hard to know exactly what "It" (that idea) refers to. We cannot know whether or not God (or gods) exist, nor how It/they are manifested, which is the essence of agnosticism.
I'm sure that Herb Silverman's book would be a worthwhile read, regardless of your belief system.
There has never been a valid figure for non believers and there never will be for valid reasons. (like decapitation or flaying for heretics and apostates) A goal for humanists is to find fellow men and women of like mind.
"I'm agnostic. I'm one of those wishy-washy irreligious folks who doesn't quite want to claim the title of "atheist.""
Okay, so if you aren't an atheist, which god do you believe in? Because agnosticism doesn't address the issue of faith - it's about knowledge, and EVERYONE is agnostic, whether they adopt the label or not, because it's impossible to know everything about anything.
You either believe in a god, or you don't. There is no wishy-washy middle ground.
Tru it's a nice read if you are I the young adult section of your life
Why should public safety depend on how well someone raises their dog?
There are irresponsible owners of poodles, beagles, greyhounds and I could name 300 dog breeds that will not lead to severely maimed or dead neighbors, pets and children. It shouldn't be a death sentence for any of us to depend on all pit owners to raise their pit right. That's impossible. I don't care what a dog will do in the absence of a trigger. I care what a dog will do when people are imperfect as they always are. If you think it's how they are raised, then they should be banned.
Pit-bull type dogs are responsible for 95% of severe attacks on people, pets and livestock.
Calling this book non fiction is a joke. I've read the book, and it's nothing more than a propaganda fluff piece that completely ignores the carnage caused by pit bulls on a daily basis.
There are no bad dogs just bad dog owners. Take any animal human or otherwise mistreat it, show it no love , beat it, force it to fight, encourage its aggression and its going to be mean and lash out at any perceived threat.
We should be able to euthanize abusers of any sort.
This series is an epic read. Can't wait for movie.
Agreed, a must read but did spell-check change scared to " if you're not sacred..." ?
Thank you for this very thoughtful, thorough, smart review of The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston.
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