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  •  You say you are not very religious anymore, but (3+ / 0-)

    I think living the gospel that Jesus preached and you were taught somehow carries more weight (with me at least) than attaching a metal fish to the back of your car.

    "A man of true science uses but few hard words, and those only when none other will answer his purpose..." - Melville

    by ZedMont on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 09:50:26 AM PST

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    •  Thanks, hope you're right (2+ / 0-)
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      wonderful world, ZedMont

      Could you explain the metal fish on the back of a car reference? (I'm sure this is a piece of common knowledge I've managed to miss. I can be kind of oblivious at times)

      Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves, but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring. Carl Sagan

      by RALM on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 10:12:38 AM PST

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      •  Sure. The fish was one of the earliest symbols (0+ / 0-)

        of Christianity, long before the cross was.  I think it had something to do with Jesus using fish and fishing a lot in his teaching (I will make you fishers of men, etc.).  Also, the Greek word for fish, Ichthus, which has multiple meanings in translation to English, is sometimes translated to mean something like "Christ."  

        If you pay close attention at traffic stops, you will see little metallic fish outlines attached to the back of a lot of cars.  Well, maybe not so much if you live in certain places.  I live in Texas and they're everywhere.

        Ironically, some people put little metal fish with feet on the backs of their cars, just to needle the creationists with a little Darwinian humor.

        "A man of true science uses but few hard words, and those only when none other will answer his purpose..." - Melville

        by ZedMont on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 06:58:50 PM PST

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