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Old 05-22-2007, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have to do a scripture reading for my Baccalaureate (sp?) which is some big ceremony in a Church right before graduation, and I don't really feel like reading out of the Bible because even the really ****ed up parts are pretty boring, so I'm thinking of doing reading some other religious/philosophical scriptures... I was looking at the Tao Te Ching a while ago, and that seemed to have some interesting bits in it, but it's hard to just flip through these books and hope to find something really cool. So I figured I'd come here, do any of you have any texts that you really like, and if so, favorite passages? Nothing cheesy or life afirming, the best thing I've seen so far was a Buddhist discourse about everything being emptiness.. that was kind of neat. But yeah. Help me out.
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Bible's blind, the Torah's deaf, the Qu'ran's mute if you burn them all together you get close to the truth. - Verse 2, Cassadaga.
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I don't read many religious texts, but the Satanic Bible by LaVey has some pretty logical philosophical parts. He does get too wrapped up in Satan and magic/"psychodrama", though, considering LaVeyan Satanism is essentially a form of atheism.

The Book of the SubGenius started out really good, but it got boring and I never finished it. It had some good stuff, though. I like the concept of Slack, even if I'm not sure how seriously you're supposed to take anything in that book.
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How in god's name were you picked to do the reading?
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Gospel Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There's a gospel? Damn, that would have been pretty good.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hmmm... This thread needs a bump (and a move).

I appreciate the Hindu holy book the Bhagavad Gita quite a bit. It has ties to the Sanskrit drama Mahabharata. Unlike other holy books, it is written entirely in verse and the messages aren't preached as they are throughout other holy books.
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I am actually interested in all religious texts mainly because it tells a bit about the people who invented it. One day I was watching a Rand interview and Rand said that those who cling to religion have a psychological disorder. That was the first time I applied psychology like that to religion.

The Gospels of the Bible are really good if you know what you are reading. You can't just read it like a novel. You have to know the culture of the time period to get a lot of things Jesus says and does. Not to mention, you really have to dig deep looking at the disciples. The gospels could be considered some of the best works of romantic literature even to an atheist.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I ended up reading from the Tao te Ching... Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism are all very interesting religions with a great deal of wisdom.
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