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Hi SFG! Cantankerous allowed, eh? Well then, I haven't watched your link -- yet -- to eager to post
Gimme that old time religion!
It's good enough for me.
I'm a straight Nicene-creed man here.
The "new atheist" in the debate admits he is miffed by that title. From what I can gather, it was coined after the likes of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens made it big. Evidently, the distinguishing feature of the new atheism is it's strident, non-compromising attitude towards theism. I'm not sure how that is different from say.....Robert Ingersoll or Darwin's pitbull also known as Julian Huxley. If someone could explain the difference between the former and the latter gentlemen, I am all ears.
Yes, more cantakerous curmudgeonly observings to come.........
New religion vs. New Atheism. . . . . . .new atheism on the ropes?
New religion will always win because life has to mean something? There has to be divine reward or divine punishment because if there's nothing after death and the great and the good and the insignificant and the evil don't get rewarded or punished then what's the point right?
We will always have religion to soothe the fear and anyone that says different particularly those that make uncomfortable discoveries about our universe are party poopers.
Who in their right minds respects Dawkins or Hitchens, scientists, always testing stuff and looking for proof... Do they not know it's already written down by people who already knew everything about everything.
My interest in this book arose from Jimmy Breslin's book that I reviewed previously. In more than a few instances, I've read of the "last godfather" and became very curious. Joey Massino started out in the delivery truck business, the bad side of it. The book has the usual familiar stories to those who love mafia lore. While Gotti sought the lights and the fame, Massino was circumspect and determined to rebuild the Bonanno family. In a move similar to Al-Qaeda, Massino split his captains and their underlings into "cells" that could survive a "rat" infestation. He was careful to insulate himself from daily business, even going to the length of requiring people to not mention his name, but when desiring to indicate him, they were to use a tug at the ear. Most shocking of all, was Massino's jump to the otherside, becoming a government witness. This from a man who bragged that his family was the only one without turncoats. These larger items mesh well with minor stories about how Massino and Gotti lived in a nearby neighborhood and that in a few instances, Massino was the heavy player in the underworld. Nicknames, you have to love the nicknames- Louie Haha, Lefty Guns Ruggerio, & Paddy Muscles. Some new ones I hadn't heard before.
People who have real trust in their religious beliefs don't "fear" science. Most scientific discoveries tend to magnify the glory of God, not diminish it. Learning about our world, universe, life, etc., is faith building to people who have true faith. It is only when science requires us to have "faith" that we have to balk. Science shouldn't require that, unless....
These look good! Have you read the original Donnie Brasco, by Pistone? The movie was so-so, but the book was full of all sorts of stories, details, and tons of hilarious real nicknames.
I will check out "The Last Godfather".
I have an old copy of that book and read it a few years ago. I do remember it for some of the stories. In Last, there are a few passages about Massino being on to Pistone and wanting him rubbed out. The guy had a knack for knowing "bad" cars and "bad" people. Of course, the word "bad" meaning informants or undercover policemen. Another good story has it that Massino told an investigator about all the unmarked police vehicles, their makes, models, as well as a description of the men who drove them to the investigator's stunned surprise. The man was not stupid, no doubt about that.
I like Conscious Bob's point, without a grand narrative, everything is relative and we have nothing more to look forward to than being in the asylum dying of syphilis like Nietzsche(o.k., it was perhaps brain cancer, but syphilis has a more dramatic effect) !
Or sitting on a pile of gold coins, more like it? Isn't that the top of selfish ambition? A bigger pile than anyone else.
Certainly more than it venerates any grand narrative.Our society venerates rich people.
Our society venerates rich people.
I'm not certain when "liberation theology" gave way to the likes of Joel Osteen. I'm not certain which is worse really.
Phyllis Tickle and Brian McLaren write extensively about "emerging christianity" which is more about getting back to the roots and remembering THE reason for faith, as well as compartmentalizing hot button issues that people get hung up on, needlessly the authors would argue. Can't wait to do another review fo a McLaren book, I'm excatly half way through one now.