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  •  Part of the problem is a thinking person, (6+ / 0-)
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    an intelligent person, will often challenge their own beliefs, or given to introspection, find the suspension of disbelief too difficult to maintain over a long course of time.

    In some sects of Christianity, for instance the more liberal or modern Protestant sects, this is not a problem as congregants are encouraged to challenge themselves, even their beliefs, and come to their own conclusions and set their own courses.

    The more rigid of the Christian faiths command that you believe and behave strictly adherent to their teachings. Questioning or waffling is seen as weakness rather than growth. A thinking, intelligent person in such sects must, in order to continue to be faithful to the dogma and tenets, make a conscious and intellectual effort to sacrifice their own better judgment- their faith in themselves- to sacrifice or subjugate it to their church and/or their faith. They make a conscious decision to deny their own mind in favor of the collective. And that is not only preferable in the eyes of their church, but laudable.

    Santorum is, at best, one of these. When faced with logical refutation of their beliefs, they fall back on the Mystery of God's Plan That No Mortal May Understand.

    And the conversion is complete.

    "Nothing pains some people more than having to think." Marin Luther King

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 10:31:09 AM PST

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    •  "Mystery of God's Plan That No Mortal May (4+ / 0-)
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      Understand"--get it for your Kindle(tm) or Nook(tm)!

      •  got a color nook for Christmas. (1+ / 0-)
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        A Tale of Two Cities
        20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
        The Three Musketeers
        The Pearl

        Nope. No religious superstition.

        Oh. I forgot. Angry Birds. Lots of action. Not much of a plot.

        "Nothing pains some people more than having to think." Marin Luther King

        by Gentle Giant on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 01:51:39 PM PST

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        •  Hey--I didn't mention it, but I'm a Christian. (1+ / 0-)
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          Angry Birds? SPAWN OF SATAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!

          I went with a Kindle Touch because a friend recommended it (and got one for himself). I didn't know that the Nook equivalent was available here, as Best Buy only had the color one. I covet a color Nook or Kindle Fire, but another friend pointed out that those machines are like reading on a PC, since they have backlit screens. Not only that, I think one can get an e-reader app for tablets, so not sure i should spend $200+ for a glorified e-reader. Do you like yours?

          •  I like mine. (0+ / 0-)

            I don't know what was paid for it, since it was a Christmas gift.
            I like that I can access the internet via wi-fi. I actually like that the screeen is backlit. The lights are fairly dim in my house.

            "Nothing pains some people more than having to think." Marin Luther King

            by Gentle Giant on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 07:37:46 AM PST

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            •  The Kindle Touch has a browser--not great, but (0+ / 0-)

              not terrible--and it's handy to have. I didn't bother to get the 3G version as I only rarely use 3G on my phone and can't imagine being somewhere without wifi and saying "Aaaaaaugh! I need a new book to read and can't download one!!!!!"

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