The Way of the Heathen

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The Way of the Heathen

Postby Tom Palven » Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:45 pm

Hadn't heard of Greta Christina until her book The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life was assigned at a Humanist Book Discussion meetup.

Finished the book last night. Think it is terrific and I love Greta.
https://www.amazon.com/Way-Heathen-Prac ... he+heathen
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:53 pm

Where ya been, youngin'?
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Postby Gord » Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:22 pm

How do you practice atheism? Is there such a thing as a non-practising atheist? I mean, to practice a religion means you follow the doctrine of that religion; is there an atheist doctrine of which I have so far been blissfully unaware? 'Cause if so...meh. I'd rather not, thank you.
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:05 pm

Gord wrote:How do you practice atheism? Is there such a thing as a non-practising atheist? I mean, to practice a religion means you follow the doctrine of that religion; is there an atheist doctrine of which I have so far been blissfully unaware? 'Cause if so...meh. I'd rather not, thank you.

prac·tice
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the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use.
"the principles and practice of teaching"
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Re: The Way of the Heathen

Postby Gord » Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:25 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Gord wrote:How do you practice atheism? Is there such a thing as a non-practising atheist? I mean, to practice a religion means you follow the doctrine of that religion; is there an atheist doctrine of which I have so far been blissfully unaware? 'Cause if so...meh. I'd rather not, thank you.

prac·tice
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How do I do that with atheism? If I don't do whatever it is I don't do, am I a non-practising atheist? What is the application of my lack of a belief in a thing?

I never do astronauty stuff, like floating around the room or wearing fishbowl over my head and fighting Martians (astronauts do that stuff, right), so have I been practising non-astronautism my whole life without even realising it? Egad! Imagine all the energy I must have been expending, engaged in all this practising of non-things that I haven't been non-doing all this untime! :shock:
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Re: The Way of the Heathen

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:24 pm

Don't go to church, don't support religions or their profiteers, educate people that there's another way, not just the God's Way.
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Re: The Way of the Heathen

Postby psychiatry is a scam » Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:10 pm

could try reading the book ?

except you cant immediately attack the author ; so guess that's not an option
for the real minority ; there will be no justice , there will be no peace .
Just us or else . makes sense 2me , so it has 2be wrong

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Re: The Way of the Heathen

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:53 pm

psychiatry is a scam wrote:could try reading the book ?

except you cant immediately attack the author ; so guess that's not an option

Butthurt much?
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Re: The Way of the Heathen

Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:58 pm

Practicing Atheism: my application is to not "go all religious" on other subjects like politics, sports, racism, nationalism, tax policy, immigration etc. Lots of ways to substitute faith for facts.
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Re: The Way of the Heathen

Postby Tom Palven » Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:28 pm

According to Wikipedia Greta Christina is, among many other things, co-organizer of the Godless Perverts Social Club in San Francisco.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Christina

The name reminded me of our local ladies rugby team, The Sinners.

It's a group of young ladies of all sizes, shapes, nationalities, and colors, who play rugby against teams from colleges and junior colleges in the area including biggie, Florida State, and despite it being a rough game with hard tackling, it's all done in a spirit of fun.


While "The Jacksonville Sinners" may not be as great a name as The Godless Perverts Social Club, at least it has it all over The New Orleans Saints.
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Re: The Way of the Heathen

Postby Lausten » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:02 pm

Just want to add my vote for this book. It is simple and useful and practical advice. She looks at issues from prayer to hedonism from multiple angles and never gets preachy.

I came across Greta late in my Christian days. She has a somewhat famous blog post about why she is angry. It sites multiple verses and historical precedents. This book is not the angry Greta though.
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