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Offline GSOgymrat

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Secular Bible
« on: April 12, 2011, 12:14:33 AM »
I think it takes guts, or grandious delusions, to create a bible. I will definitely have to read this. Of course this article got 2,300 comments in less than 24 hours.

Leading atheist publishes secular Bible

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/11/leading-atheist-publishes-secular-bible/?hpt=T2

The question arose early in British academic A.C. Grayling’s career: What if those ancient compilers who’d made Bibles, the collected religious texts that were translated, edited, arranged and published en masse, had focused instead on assembling the non-religious teachings of civilization’s greatest thinkers?
 
What if the book that billions have turned to for ethical guidance wasn’t tied to commandments from God or any one particular tradition but instead included the writings of Aristotle, the reflections of Confucius, the poetry of Baudelaire? What would that book look like, and what would it mean?
 
Decades after he started asking such questions, what Grayling calls “a lifetime’s work” has hit bookshelves. “The Good Book: A Humanist Bible,” subtitled “A Secular Bible” in the United Kingdom, was published this month. Grayling crafted it by using more than a thousand texts representing several hundred authors, collections and traditions...

The book's final chapter features a secular humanist version of the Ten Commandments: "Love well, seek the good in all things, harm no others, think for yourself, take responsibility, respect nature, do your utmost, be informed, be kind, be courageous: at least, sincerely try."

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Re: Secular Bible
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 12:24:48 AM »
I think the atheist bible is a one way ticket to nowhere since there is no hell ... but I wont complain if I can still sleep in on sundays .   

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Re: Secular Bible
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 11:21:22 AM »
Ford-

Thoimas Jefferson did essentially the same thing back in the day. He re-wrote it, removing the supernatural aspects. It is referred to as the Jeffersonian Bible. They're pretty easy to find.

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Secular Bible
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2011, 11:31:55 AM »
I have heard of the Jefferson Bible but haven't read it. I found it online here: http://patriot.net/~bmcgin/jeffbbl.txt
« Last Edit: April 12, 2011, 11:33:26 AM by GSOgymrat »

 


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