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Old 25th January 2018, 02:10 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Dave Rogers View Post
Sounds a bit like Bokononism in Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, which is openly admitted by its founder to be fake.

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Only the way events play out seems to suggest it's actually the true religion.

This is my favourite quote from the Books of Bokonon:

Tiger got to hunt
Bird got to fly
Man got to sit and wonder why why why

Tiger got to sleep
Bird got to land
Man got to tell himself he understand
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Old 25th January 2018, 02:48 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Pixel42 View Post
Only the way events play out seems to suggest it's actually the true religion.
Mine's actually the opposite. Everyone thinks it's true, including the priests, but it's actually fake, and that fact will come out eventually. I haven't written that part yet.
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Old 25th January 2018, 05:40 PM   #43
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Well, it worked for Joseph Smith and L Ron Hubbard....
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Old 25th January 2018, 06:08 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
Well, it worked for Joseph Smith and L Ron Hubbard....
And the Jews and Catholic Church...
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Old 25th January 2018, 06:16 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by Sherman Bay View Post
And the Jews and Catholic Church...
The analogy is weak. Smith and Hubbard wrote their holy books in modern times.
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Old 1st February 2018, 03:23 PM   #46
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.....I have spoken with God and from hence forth only those imbued with my spirit may read to you and interpret what God has made my fingers write. Honour these priests of mine, give them all that they need in tithe of 15%, and in secular power oppose them not for they speak for me, and I sit on the lap of almighty God.
No, you didn't.

No, you don't.

- God.

PS:Pay per view porn sites is a good call, but why not just use plain English?
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Old 7th February 2018, 07:03 AM   #47
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I'm torn between creating a holy book that is moral or creating a holy book which is successful instead. I can't seem to find a way to reconcile both.

History is a good source of that. In AD 240, Mitraism was much more popular than strange Xianity. But Mitraism didn't allow women to participate in its most elevated mysteries, nor promoted sorta social equality, nor announce the end of times -which seemed to be happening between Maximinus and Dioclesian- so, Mitraism is gone, go Jesus! .

In a more philosophical plane, Stoicism couldn't give birth to a phenomenon like Confucianism. In China herself, the first emperor obliterated the "much better" Mozi, the competitor of Confucianism, as the latter suited better the absolutist mindset of the dude who signed the Great Wall.

It seems, when religion is involved, a core of **** must remain to allow such religion to succeed.

I wonder, in all seriousness, why.
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