Online reading group and book discussion forum
  HOME ENTER FORUMS OUR BOOKS LINKS DONATE ADVERTISE CONTACT  
View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:27 am

<< Week of December 07, 2016 >>
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
7 Day Month

8 Day Month

9 Day Month

10 Day Month

11 Day Month

12 Day Month

13 Day Month





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] • Topic evaluate: Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average. 
Topical Insights 
Author Message
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
I dumpster dive for books!

Bronze Contributor

Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 1790
Thanks: 2
Thanked: 18 times in 13 posts
Gender: Male
Country: United States (us)

Post Topical Insights
"It is indeed possible that this human life, in the last resort, is meaningless, that chance, blind fate, chaos, absurdity and illusion rule the world, that in the last resort, everything is contradictory, meaningless, worthless, null." (Hans Kung, Does God Exist? An Answer For Today. P.423,1978.)

"The major enemy of black survival in America has been and is neither oppression nor exploitation but rather the nihilistic threat- that is, loss of hope and absence of meaning. For as long as hope remains and meaning is preserved, the possibility of overcoming oppression stays alive. The self-fulfi1ling prophecy of the nihilistic threat is that without hope there can be no future, that without meaning there can be no struggle." (Cornel West, Race Matters. P.15, 1993.)

"Whatever I fear becomes true, whatever I dread befalls me. For me there is no calm, no peace, my torments banish rest." Job 3:25 NRSV.

"I took a drive today. Time to emancipate. I guess it was the beatings that made me wise. And I'm not about to give thanks or apologize. I couldn't breathe, holding me down, hand on my face, kissing the ground, enmity gauged, divided by fear, forced to endure, what I could not forgive. I seemed to look away from the wounds in my mirror, I just waved. It wasn't my surface most defiled. Head at your feet, foot on my crown, fist on my plate, swallowed it down, enemy plague, crippled by fear, made to endure, what I should not forgive. Saw things...saw things...clearer...it all seems so much clearer once you are in my rear view mirror. I gathered speed, from you @#%$ with me. Once and for all, I'm far away. Hard to believe. Finally, the shades are raised." (Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam "Rearview Mirror", Dissident. Epic Records, 1993.)

"What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-
and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-like a syrupy sweet? Maybe
it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?" (Langston Hughes, "Lenox Avenue Mural" Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. P.27, 1959.)

"Six characteristics that create vulnerability to addiction:1. Exploitation and manipulation; 2. Non mutuality and isolation; 3. Objectification and dehumanization; 4. Dissatisfaction and despair; 5. Intensification of shame; 6. Basis in fear." (Patrick Carnes Don't Call It Love. P.18, 1991.)

"What has evolved on our planet is not just life, not just grass or beetles or mice or microbes, but being with a great intelligence, with a capacity to anticipate the future consequences of present actions... What a waste it would be if after four billion years of tortuous biological evolution, the dominant organism on the planet contrived its own annihilation. No species is guaranteed its tenure on this planet. And we've been here for only about a million years, we, the first species that has devised the means to its own self-destruction." (Carl Sagan On Prejudice: a Global Perspective. Ed. Daniela Gioseffi. p .38, 1993.)

"That's me in the corner. That's me in the spotlight, choosing my confession, trying to keep a point of view. And I don't know if I can do it. Oh no, I've said too much. I haven't said enough. Consider this the hint of the century. Tell me, what if all these fantasies come tumbling around our heads? Now, I've said too much- but that's me in the corner. That's me in the spotlight, losing my religion, trying to keep up with my blues. Like a hurt, lost, and blinded foal, fool. Now it's said and I've said enough. That's me in the corner . (Michael Stipe and R.E.M. "Losing my Religion," Automatic For the Peonle. MCA Records, 1993.)


"Indeed, we philosophers and "free spirits" feel, when we hear the news that "the old god is dead" as if a new dawn has shone on us; our heart overflows with gratitude, amazement, premonitions, expectation. At long last our ships may venture out again, venture out to face any danger, all the daring of the lover of knowledge is permitted again; the sea, our sea, lies open again; perhaps there has never yet been such an "open sea?" (Friedrich Nietzsche, "The meaning of our cheerfulness." The Gay Science: Book Five. P.280, 1887.1974.)

"The most important thing about the new Jerusalem and the new peoples of God is God's new presence, which consists of the indwelling of his unmediated and direct glory. The indwelling presence makes heaven and earth new...God will 'dwell' among them. That is the cosmic Shekinah. What in history was experienced only among the people of God and the temple, in Christ and in the Holy Spirit, and was expected of God's future, is there fulfilled: God's immediate presence interpenetrates everything." (Jurgen Moltmann, The Coming Of God. p .317, 1996.)

"The Resurrection is essentially the proclamation that the Reign of God is here, that it is in the midst of the world. The resurrection life is the Reign of God. To live that life is to live a life in all fullness in spite of the fact that it has to be lived in hardship, pain, and suffering...It is the trans- figuration of life and the world not only at the end time but in the ongoing life and history of humankind." (C.S. Song, Jesus and the Reign of God. P. 287, 1993.)





Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:33 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] • Topic evaluate: Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average. 



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:

BookTalk.org Newsletter 

Announcements 

• What fiction book should we start January 1, 2017?
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:57 pm



Site Links 
Forum Rules & Tips
Frequently Asked Questions
BBCode Explained
Info for Authors & Publishers
Author Interview Transcripts
Be a Book Discussion Leader!
IDEAS FOR WHAT TO READ:
Bestsellers
Book Awards
• Book Reviews
• Online Books
• Team Picks
Newspaper Book Sections

WHERE TO BUY BOOKS:
• Great resource pages are coming!

BEHIND THE BOOKS:
• Great resource pages are coming!

Featured Books

Books by New Authors


*

FACTS is a select group of active BookTalk.org members passionate about promoting Freethought, Atheism, Critical Thinking and Science.

Apply to join FACTS
See who else is in FACTS







BookTalk.org is a free book discussion group or online reading group or book club. We read and talk about both fiction and non-fiction books as a group. We host live author chats where booktalk members can interact with and interview authors. We give away free books to our members in book giveaway contests. Our booktalks are open to everybody who enjoys talking about books. Our book forums include book reviews, author interviews and book resources for readers and book lovers. Discussing books is our passion. We're a literature forum, or reading forum. Register a free book club account today! Suggest nonfiction and fiction books. Authors and publishers are welcome to advertise their books or ask for an author chat or author interview.



Copyright © BookTalk.org 2002-2016. All rights reserved.
Display Pagerank