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    I perfectly understand your feelings. After all,...

    I perfectly understand your feelings. After all, when you read a translation, you don't really read what the author wrote. It's a simple fact that those translated words are not the words that the...
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    I just finished reading A Farewell to Arms and I...

    I just finished reading A Farewell to Arms and I quite enjoyed it. I definitely like it better than The Sun also Rises, also that one was by no means not enjoyable. It's just that I find the the...
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    "The Fascist guns were of the same make and...

    "The Fascist guns were of the same make and calibre as our own, and the unexploded shells were often reconditioned and fired back. There was said to be one old shell with a nickname of its own which...
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    My next Faulkner is going to be Light in August....

    My next Faulkner is going to be Light in August. I've already ordered it on Amazon and it should arrive here within the next week or so. I'm also quite curious about his short stories.

    Cheating? I...
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    Absalom, Absalom! is the only novel by Faulkner...

    Absalom, Absalom! is the only novel by Faulkner I've read so far, so I can't really make any comparisons here, but I think the hardest thing when tackling the book is to just keep on reading. I think...
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    I'm currently on a total Hemingway reading spree,...

    I'm currently on a total Hemingway reading spree, having just finished both The Sun also Rises and his Complete Short Stories in the last 10 days. While I sit here writing this A Farewell to Arms and...
  7. I guess the main problem arises when it gets...

    I guess the main problem arises when it gets really painful, though. When you actually fall out with your friends or your family due to your convictions and your own personal cosmos is torn apart....
  8. Is it just me who is insane...or is it everyone else?

    This is a question I've been pondering quite a bit lately.

    I guess most people know this particular feeling of estrangement and alienation from others, be it their friends, families or the rest...
  9. Thread: Loneliness

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    Does anyone else think that life without other...

    Does anyone else think that life without other humans would be perfectly meaningless? Just think about it...how many of your dreams, your fantasies and your goals in life have something to do with...
  10. Thread: Christ debate

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    Sorry, but I don't get your point. Could you...

    Sorry, but I don't get your point. Could you rephrase your question/statement?
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    Killing 'in the name of God' and killing because...

    Killing 'in the name of God' and killing because you simply believe it is the right thing to do are different things. And in all honesty, I think scripture is the entirely wrong thing to consult in...
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    Although I certainly agree with you here, it's...

    Although I certainly agree with you here, it's very hard for a non-believer to really find things that are genuinely good and positive. All he can do is imagine what things might be positive about...
  13. Thread: What is life?

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    I think you have serious problems.

    I think you have serious problems.
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    You cannot possible deny the enormous influence...

    You cannot possible deny the enormous influence that Christianity had on the occident - on the way that people behaved, lived and, above all, thought. If that influence was for better or worse is a...
  15. Thread: Islam

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    So basically you're proposing that all those...

    So basically you're proposing that all those events -burning bushes as well as celestial voices- are not logical. Therefore, they are not likely to have happened in reality and were probably mere...
  16. Thread: Islam

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    Why do you regard a burning bush as a solely...

    Why do you regard a burning bush as a solely subjective experience then? I can't quite follow you here.
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    But a voice inside your head is quite different...

    But a voice inside your head is quite different from a burning bush, if only that the latter might be perceived by other people apart from yourself as well. My intuition tells me that the burning...
  18. Thread: Islam

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    I think it was the archangel Gabriel. Might have...

    I think it was the archangel Gabriel. Might have been a different occasion, though.
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    Maybe we should define what kind of God we are...

    Maybe we should define what kind of God we are talking about first.
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    It's also important and noteworthy that atheists...

    It's also important and noteworthy that atheists aren't organised at all. They almost have no political power, although there may be a significant number of them out there. This, of course, puts the...
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    I wouldn't mention Hitler at all if I was in your...

    I wouldn't mention Hitler at all if I was in your place. The argument is not only very weak because it's all but clear that he actually was an atheist, it also damages your own cause due to the...
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    I think it's a natural act of opposition in the...

    I think it's a natural act of opposition in the face of rising religious influences on society and politics. Just look at the attempts to have creationism taught at public schools.
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    I have to kindly disagree. Belief by nature is...

    I have to kindly disagree. Belief by nature is not restricted to the realms of superhuman deities. You can believe in anything you want, be it God or astrology or homoeopathy. But maybe is...
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    Poll: Usually I only read one book at a time and...

    Usually I only read one book at a time and concentrate on this. There are times, though, when I get so fed up by one book (especially certain required reading nonfiction) that I switch to a nice...
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    I'd love to see philosophy be taught at schools....

    I'd love to see philosophy be taught at schools. I once had a math teacher who told us that math was like jogging for the brain because it kept you mentally fit and taught you how to think. And since...
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