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    What's the reason behind this crusade of yours?

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    What's the reason behind this crusade of yours?
    cru·sade (kr-sd)
    n.
    1. often Crusade Any of the military expeditions undertaken by European Christians in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims.
    2. A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
    3. A vigorous concerted movement for a cause or against an abuse.

    Not really a crusade. But rather, just posting silly quotes/pics and information-based links about once a week on a fan forum.

    I'm assuming you are a believer. An atheist would have posted some silly quote/pic or an information based link, rather than the ad hominem statement that you offered.

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    Not really a crusade. But rather, just posting silly quotes/pics and information-based links about once a week on a fan forum.
    Even so, be careful! Someone from The Church might see the things you've posted and you could get into a lot of trouble! This thread is so edgy, I'm almost too scared to look at it!

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    Even so, be careful! Someone from The Church might see the things you've posted and you could get into a lot of trouble!
    Worse still, "god" can see it and might decide to strike me down, perhaps on his son's upcoming birthday.

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    This thread is so edgy, I'm almost too scared to look at it!
    Ya, it's got a real hipster vibe, doesn't it.

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    Worse still, "god" can see it and might decide to strike me down, perhaps on his son's upcoming birthday.
    That isn't how God works, silly! He'll bide his time and if, when you eventually die, you haven't repented and invited the Lord Jesus into your life and into your heart, then He'll dispatch you to the fiery abyss. In the meantime, just be careful - it's like a totalitarian theocracy out there. Like, totally.

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    Ya, it's got a real hipster vibe, doesn't it.
    I had to look up what that meant, but yeah, I think you're right.

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    That isn't how God works, silly! He'll bide his time and if, when you eventually die, you haven't repented and invited the Lord Jesus into your life and into your heart, then He'll dispatch you to the fiery abyss.

    Oh, there is a place, a place in hell reserved for me and my friends
    ? Good to know. (Of course, hell isn't real. But I'll play along.) Love how you capitalized "He'll"... do you mean "God"? I dare you to write the name god without the capitalization? Do you think that would be blasphemous? Haha. Believing in such silly superstitions must be stressful... and so very unnecessary. One shot of reason and you'll be cured of what ills you.



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    In the meantime, just be careful - it's like a totalitarian theocracy out there. Like, totally.
    Like totally, the biggest theocrat is your imaginary god in the sky.

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    Oh, there is a place, a place in hell reserved for me and my friends
    ? Good to know.
    I don't believe in predestination, so no, I don't think a reservation has been made. As I say, Jesus looks down on you lovingly and hopes that you will repent. I do too.

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    (Of course, hell isn't real. But I'll play along.) Love how you capitalized "He'll"... do you mean "God"? I dare you to write the name god without the capitalization? Do you think that would be blasphemous?
    LOL!!! You're soooooooo naughty!!!! Hehe!!!! Anyway, no, I was just following a linguistic convention.

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    Haha. Believing in such silly superstitions must be stressful... and so very unnecessary. One shot of reason and you'll be cured of what ills you.
    Why do you think believing in God would be stressful? (Is "ill" a verb now?)

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    Like totally, the biggest theocrat is your imaginary god in the sky.
    Deities are like that.

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    I don't believe in predestination, so no, I don't think a reservation has been made.
    Have you read The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism? Just wondering. The book is centered around the idea of predestination... in a Calvinist sense... not karmic.


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    As I say, Jesus looks down on you lovingly and hopes that you will repent. I do too.
    Do you have to be Christian to be spared hell? Does Jesus allow Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus to pass through the pearly gates?


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    LOL!!! You're soooooooo naughty!!!! Hehe!!!! Anyway, no, I was just following a linguistic convention.
    You haven't seen anything yet! Haha. I'm working hard to earn my spot in hell. That's where all the fun people are, ya know. They let us smoke pot down there... and even let us have sex on Sundays with people of the same sex. What do you think of that? Sounds fun eh?


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    Why do you think believing in God would be stressful? (Is "ill" a verb now?)
    You aren't one of those annoying, OCD suffering, grammar enforcers are you? 'Cause that has got to be a stressful position to occupy--policing everyone's writing on the Net and elsewhere. Even more stressful than believing in god. And yes belief is stressful. Jesus Christ, if I thought I was going to burn in hell for taking the lord's name in vain, I'd be a basket case.

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    Deities are like that.
    Are they? What do you know about Santa Claus?

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    Have you read The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism? Just wondering. The book is centered around the idea of predestination... in a Calvinist sense... not karmic.
    Always preferred Marx to Weber, but each to their own, eh?


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    Do you have to be Christian to be spared hell? Does Jesus allow Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus to pass through the pearly gates?
    Those suckers are goin' down.


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    You haven't seen anything yet! Haha. I'm working hard to earn my spot in hell. That's where all the fun people are, ya know. They let us smoke pot down there... and even let us have sex on Sundays with people of the same sex. What do you think of that? Sounds fun eh?

    Sounds heavenly. I think you're confused.


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    You aren't one of those annoying, OCD suffering, grammar enforcers are you? 'Cause that has got to be a stressful position to occupy--policing everyone's writing on the Net and elsewhere. Even more stressful than believing in god. And yes belief is stressful. Jesus Christ, if I thought I was going to burn in hell for taking the lord's name in vain, I'd be a basket case.
    Nope, I'm not on of those.

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    Are they? What do you know about Santa Claus?
    I know he's bringing me an excellent book on Tuesday.

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    Always preferred Marx to Weber, but each to their own, eh?

    I prefer Marx to Weber as well. But I prefer capitalism to communism.

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    Those suckers are goin' down.

    Very Clever!


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    Sounds heavenly. I think you're confused.
    Perhaps.


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    Nope, I'm not on of those.

    I believe you.


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    I know he's bringing me an excellent book on Tuesday.
    What book?

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    I prefer Marx to Weber as well. But I prefer capitalism to communism.
    I suppose it depends how you envision "communism". Personally, I like to think of it as a kind of perfected capitalism.

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    Very Clever!
    Thank you! You're a hottie ('hotty'?)!

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    Perhaps.
    Well, then you'd better get down on your knees and do what needs to be done.

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    I believe you.
    This was the point at which you were supposed to say, "Very Clever!".

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    What book?
    Service with a Smile by PG Wodehouse. It's the last in his Uncle Fred series and the only one I have yet to read (there were only four, but I didn't even know about this one until about a month ago). Uncle Fred is my favourite Wodehouse character. I love Uncle Fred; not in the same way that I love Jesus, but I do love him all the same.

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    I suppose it depends how you envision "communism". Personally, I like to think of it as a kind of perfected capitalism.
    The Communist Manifesto is a great read. Communism looks good on paper, but in reality, it has proven to be oppressive and dysfunctional. Maybe in a utopian world it would work. But people are selfish and power corrupts. But I am not an economist, so what do I know. All systems are flawed.

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    Thank you! You're a hottie ('hotty'?)!
    I'll accept that. Haha. Thank you. Not sure where your data is coming from though.

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    Well, then you'd better get down on your knees and do what needs to be done.
    That's where I do my best work. You are very witty, indeed!

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    This was the point at which you were supposed to say, "Very Clever!".
    Ah, I see what you did there. Your blade's looking mighty sharp now!



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    Service with a Smile by PG Wodehouse. It's the last in his Uncle Fred series and the only one I have yet to read (there were only four, but I didn't even know about this one until about a month ago). Uncle Fred is my favourite Wodehouse character. I love Uncle Fred; not in the same way that I love Jesus, but I do love him all the same.

    Have not read anything by Wodehouse. If I were to read one book by him, which would you recommend?

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    The Communist Manifesto is a great read. Communism looks good on paper, but in reality, it has proven to be oppressive and dysfunctional. Maybe in a utopian world it would work. But people are selfish and power corrupts. But I am not an economist, so what do I know. All systems are flawed.
    This is the classic argument against socialism/communism, and I suppose the correct Marxist response is to say that the societies where it has been attempted (e.g. the former Soviet Union) weren't ready for it. According to Marx & Engels' theory, society has to undergo a capitalist epoch in order to get to a point, historically, where it is sufficiently evolved to accommodate socialistic ideas. I think there's definitely something to that idea, and I think it goes along way toward explaining why the Leninist dream developed into the Stalinist nightmare, but I doubt we'll ever really know for sure since the main beneficiaries of capitalism are so adept at forestalling ideological dissent and containing intellectual opposition.

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    I'll accept that. Haha. Thank you. Not sure where your data is coming from though.
    You mean that's not you in your avatar? Oh crap. I liked the look of your hair.

    Oh well, I'm sure you're lovely. Who needs data when I have faith?

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    That's where I do my best work. You are very witty, indeed!
    Okay, now I want to say something very rude and very, very blasphemous.

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    Ah, I see what you did there. Your blade's looking mighty sharp now!
    If only you could see what you've done here.

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    Have not read anything by Wodehouse. If I were to read one book by him, which would you recommend?
    Hmmmmm... all of his books are very light and very silly so I don't know that you'd enjoy him that much - you seem like a pretty Serious chick . It's hard to recommend just one book by Wodehouse, but I think I'd go for either The Code of the Woosters or Uncle Dynamite. The man was a comedy genius; his dialogue was just perfect.

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    This is the classic argument against socialism/communism, and I suppose the correct Marxist response is to say that the societies where it has been attempted (e.g. the former Soviet Union) weren't ready for it. According to Marx & Engels' theory, society has to undergo a capitalist epoch in order to get to a point, historically, where it is sufficiently evolved to accommodate socialistic ideas. I think there's definitely something to that idea, and I think it goes along way toward explaining why the Leninist dream developed into the Stalinist nightmare, but I doubt we'll ever really know for sure since the main beneficiaries of capitalism are so adept at forestalling ideological dissent and containing intellectual opposition.
    It sounds like you are pretty informed. And I agree with your theory.


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    You mean that's not you in your avatar? Oh crap. I liked the look of your hair.
    Oh that is me in the avatar. The hair, however, is a product of Photoshop rather than my head. I like it too.



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    Okay, now I want to say something very rude and very, very blasphemous.


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    If only you could see what you've done here.
    Hehe.


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    Hmmmmm... all of his books are very light and very silly so I don't know that you'd enjoy him that much - you seem like a pretty Serious chick . It's hard to recommend just one book by Wodehouse, but I think I'd go for either The Code of the Woosters or Uncle Dynamite. The man was a comedy genius; his dialogue was just perfect.
    Thanks. I will be reading one of those in the near future. I have set a goal for myself to read one novel a month in the upcoming year. Usually I stick to non-fiction. But I am branching out a bit. I just started reading Enduring Love by Ian McEwan. Have you read it? Also, I'd like to read a book by each of these authors: Evelyn Waugh, Martin Amis, and Graham Greene.

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    It sounds like you are pretty informed. And I agree with your theory.
    My mum has a saying: "Get a reputation as an early-riser and you can lie 'til noon". I think she means it disapprovingly, though.

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    Oh that is me in the avatar. The hair, however, is a product of Photoshop rather than my head. I like it too.
    See? I was right about faith. Anyway, yes, that hairdo looks better on you than it does on Russell Brand.

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    Hehe.


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    Thanks. I will be reading one of those in the near future. I have set a goal for myself to read one novel a month in the upcoming year. Usually I stick to non-fiction. But I am branching out a bit. I just started reading Enduring Love by Ian McEwan. Have you read it? Also, I'd like to read a book by each of these authors: Evelyn Waugh, Martin Amis, and Graham Greene.
    I tend to treat fiction as escapism and nothing more (no quips about the Bible, thank you) - things that will make me laugh or keep me suspended and thrilled. When I go to bed at night with a book, I don't like it to feel like a chore. Never read anything by the authors you mention, though I've read a few by Amis' dad, Kingsley. Have to say the only one I really enjoyed, though, was Lucky Jim. Really pleased you're going to give Wodehouse a try; I hope you'll enjoy him!


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    My mum has a saying: "Get a reputation as an early-riser and you can lie 'til noon". I think she means it disapprovingly, though.
    Never heard that one before. I like it.


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    I tend to treat fiction as escapism and nothing more (no quips about the Bible, thank you) - things that will make me laugh or keep me suspended and thrilled. When I go to bed at night with a book, I don't like it to feel like a chore. Never read anything by the authors you mention, though I've read a few by Amis' dad, Kingsley. Have to say the only one I really enjoyed, though, was Lucky Jim. Really pleased you're going to give Wodehouse a try; I hope you'll enjoy him!

    I do my reading in bed as well. I agree about fiction being an escape... for entertainment. That is why I avoid reading books that I have to struggle through such as Pride and Prejudice. I don't want to have to bring a dictionary and a literature professor to bed with me along with my book. Well, maybe the lit professor would be OK... depending on how cute s/he is.

    I like thrillers as well. Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon are great reads. And I am a big fan of Robin Cook's medical thrillers. Harmful Intent is a good one to start with.

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    Never heard that one before. I like it.
    I'll tell my mum. She'll be pleased.

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    I do my reading in bed as well. I agree about fiction being an escape... for entertainment. That is why I avoid reading books that I have to struggle through such as Pride and Prejudice. I don't want to have to bring a dictionary and a literature professor to bed with me along with my book. Well, maybe the lit professor would be OK... depending on how cute s/he is.
    Can English Lit. professors be cute? Otherwise, I agree with what you say absolutely.

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    I like thrillers as well. Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon are great reads. And I am a big fan of Robin Cook's medical thrillers. Harmful Intent is a good one to start with.
    I'm sure a workmate once lent me a book by Robin Cook called Toxin. It's a long time ago, but I seem to remember enjoying it. I'll look out for the one you suggested.

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    Can English Lit. professors be cute?
    Otherwise, I agree with what you say absolutely.
    Yeah, you're right. Cute doesn't really describe most, if any, Lit. professors. Scruffy, comes to mind, however.


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    I'm sure a workmate once lent me a book by Robin Cook called Toxin. It's a long time ago, but I seem to remember enjoying it. I'll look out for the one you suggested.
    Toxin is an excellent novel--a real stomach turner!

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