So there comes a time when someone who wants to be a man (or woman) of the world must read the bible. Maybe to find life's answers, maybe just to see what it's about, or maybe so they can tell that Evangelist in their life "I read it! Still atheist!"
I have my own reasons, and no matter what yours are, I think we'll all agree it's more fun to read when we discuss it together. Even if our opinions differ, I hope we'll be able to discuss it in a friendly way. <3 (Unlike the last two times!)
I've been enjoying my reading of it, and if you'd like to embark with me, here are some resources.http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/
The King James Bible is the most popular of all English translations, the source of many turns of phrase in the English language, and is very interesting to read.
However, it is also very old, and has been criticized for being biased and inaccurate. If you're in this camp, you may wish to select a different version here, it would be interesting to compare them.http://www.biblegateway.com/
If you're not religious, wish to test your faith, or otherwise think the bible would be improved by snarky debate, try the skeptics annotated King James Version.http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/index.htm
In any case, Genesis can be a long read of some pretty dark stuff. If you're a strapping scholar making it through, reward yourself with these hilarious send-ups!http://www.youtube.com/show?p=-t4GDPnEb ... er=show_av
Now that the resources are set-up, lets establish some ground rules.Rules
The rules that apply to this thread are the same laid out in the forum guidelines.
Foremost: No disrespecting other users.
No bashing other users for being Christian. Or for being atheist. Or any other religion. We can't tell you to respect another person's lifestyle. But if you have a problem with another user, their religion, or lack thereof, please keep it to yourself, or take it up in PMs. Attempting to convert other people to a religion via this thread most likely falls under disrespect.
No Politics: The last thread was closed due to some homophobic remarks. I don't want to read that kind of insensitivity, and it will likely result in this thread being locked.
Finally, remember we are talking about the bible and it's contents. This is not always 100% congruous with the religious groups based on it, so keep in mind, when we discuss the bible, we are not discussing you.
So stay civil when the text is praised or criticized.
Now that that's out of the way, I've just finished Genesis. How about you all start by talking about your history with the bible?