Re: [atheists-8] Christian Fundamentalism & The Current State of the Union?

From: user 4.
Sent on: Sunday, October 19, 2008 5:29 PM
Hi Abby,

It looks like we share more than just ancestry. I am interested in the technical sides of digital photography, image processing, animation, and computer graphics. I teach / research  CS in Texas State University and have been lucky enough to get a generous grant from the university to establish a multimedia lab with "all" the equipment and software (e.g., Maya) that a "nerd" like me would wish to have.

Your web site is interesting, I did not have time to explore much, maybe later.

As for the misconceptions here is an example:
I read _Chariots of the Gods_ by Erik von Daniken a long time ago, and the main thing I remember from it is the passage in Job (I looked it up in the King James version) about Jehovah coming in a silver bird that landed on wheels and spit fire.

I think that the person who wrote it refers to the "Merkava Story" "Maase Ha'Merkava" which appears in Ezekiel (and not in Job).

This is a very interesting story and for example "simple" (that is non-educated) Jewish people are bared from studying it without the guidance of an educated Rabbai.

Take Care,

Dan

On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 12:51 PM, Abby <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Dan,

I'm curious about what misconceptions about the bible you've noticed in
recent remarks. :-)  I'm also Jewish by birth, apathetic and agnostic by
choice, but I was born in America and never read the bible.  The bible
doesn't interest me at all.  As a historical text, I think it's deeply and
inherently flawed (like any text from before the Industrial Age, it's
colored by opinions, and was never meant to be used as a historical record).

I have some relatives who are Lebavitcha/Hassidic, and to me, their
religious notions are very, very, very strange.

~Abby


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Dan
Sent: Sunday, October 19,[masked]:58 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [atheists-8] Christian Fundamentalism & The Current State of
the Union?


I enjoyed reading the bible. My interest, however, was limited to enjoying
the bible as a piece of art and as a document with historical value. In any
case, due to my love of reading the bible I became relatively knowledgeable
in biblical study. As such, I noticed a lot of misconceptions about the
bible in some recent remarks.  In fact my grade in biblical study in the
matriculation exam is higher than my grades in math and science which were
and are my current occupation, passion, and hobby.






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