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April 11th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

Leading atheist publishes secular Bible

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

The question arose early in British academic A.C. Grayling’s career: What if those ancient compilers who’d made Bibles, the collected religious texts that were translated, edited, arranged and published en masse, had focused instead on assembling the non-religious teachings of civilization’s greatest thinkers?

What if the book that billions have turned to for ethical guidance wasn’t tied to commandments from God or any one particular tradition but instead included the writings of Aristotle, the reflections of Confucius, the poetry of Baudelaire? What would that book look like, and what would it mean?

Decades after he started asking such questions, what Grayling calls “a lifetime’s work” has hit bookshelves. “The Good Book: A Humanist Bible,” subtitled “A Secular Bible” in the United Kingdom, was published this month. Grayling crafted it by using more than a thousand texts representing several hundred authors, collections and traditions.

The Bible would have been “a very different book and may have produced a very different history for mankind,” had it drawn on the work of philosophers and writers as opposed to prophets and apostles, says Grayling, a philosopher and professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, who is an atheist.

“Humanist ethics didn’t claim to be derived from a deity," he says. "(They) tended to start from a sympathetic understanding of human nature and accept that there’s a responsibility that each individual has to work out the values they live by and especially to recognize that the best of our good lives revolve around having good relationships with people.” 

Humanists rely on human reason as an alternative to religion or belief in God in attempting to find meaning and purpose in life.

Determined to make his material accessible, Grayling arranged his nearly 600-page "Good Book" much like the Bible, with double columns, chapters (the first is even called Genesis) and short verses. And much like the best-selling King James Bible, which is celebrating its 400th year, his book is written in a type of English that transcends time.

Like the Bible, "The Good Book," opens with a garden scene. But instead of Adam and Eve, Grayling's Genesis invokes Isaac Newton, the British scientist who pioneered the study of gravity.

"It was from the fall of fruit from such a tree that new inspiration came for inquiry into the nature of things," reads a verse from "The Good Book's" first chapter.

"When Newton sat in his garden, and saw what no one had seen before: that an apple draws the earth to itself, and the earth the apple," the verse continues, "Through a mutual force of nature that holds all things, from the planets to the stars, in unifying embrace."

The book's final chapter features a secular humanist version of the Ten Commandments: "Love well, seek the good in all things, harm no others, think for yourself, take responsibility, respect nature, do your utmost, be informed, be kind, be courageous: at least, sincerely try."

Grayling, reached Friday at a New York hotel just as he began his U.S. book tour, has been dubbed by some a “velvet atheist” or an “acceptable face of atheism,” he says, in contrast to more stridently anti-religious writers like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, both of whom he counts as friends.

In other contexts, Grayling - who will soon take over as president of the British Humanist Association - admits he’s written critically about religion. But not in "The Good Book."

“It’s not part of a quarrel,” he says of his latest work. “It’s a modest offering… another contribution to the conversation that mankind must have with itself,” and one he says he wrote for everyone, Bible lovers included.

Given where society is today, inviting that conversation is all the more important, he says.

More than 16% of Americans say they are unaffiliated religiously, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Even so, Grayling says the hunger for a spiritual connection continues. That yearning, he argues , can be satisfied for many by taking a walk in the country, curling up with a beautiful book of poetry or even in falling in love.

“In all different ways, we can celebrate the good in the world,” he says.

While many intellectual traditions – religious and otherwise – teach that there’s “one right way to live,” Grayling says he hopes “The Good Book” will encourage people to “go beyond your teachers, your text” to understand that “we have to respect and relate to one another.”

Early sales indicate that people are open to what this new "Bible" teaches. On Monday, Grayling’s book was number 41 on Amazon’s UK bestseller list and number 1 in the philosophy and spirituality categories.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Atheism • Bible • Books • Culture & Science • Ethics

soundoff (3,021 Responses)
  1. chad

    why does it matter where good comes from. there are many paths to one destination. all organized religion teaches basically the same thing. At it's core it lays ground rules for how we should interact with other people in a respectful manner (i.e. the golden rule.) The evil of craving power and influence has split this basic idea into numerous religions and sects. Add to that a persons basic desire to be right and some get fanatical about how we get to treating each other with respect and decency. Some may need to be part of a community to do this, but some can come to these morals and values through introspection. where the real problem lies is when people use religion for a crutch and justification when they can't treat others with respect. going to church every sunday doesn't excuse being horrible to your fellow man. likewise, not going to church doesn't mean you lack the principles to treat others kindly and respectfully. FORCING YOUR VIEWS ON OTHERS IS IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE GOLDEN RULE BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS IT DONE TO THEM. It's as simple as that.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  2. Jon

    "Love well, seek the good in all things, harm no others, think for yourself, take responsibility, respect nature, do your utmost, be informed, be kind, be courageous: at least, sincerely try."

    Can the theists explain why these humanist values would be bad for humankind?

    If we could stop arguing about the existence/non-existence of a God and focus on what will make us better as a society of people we will move forward in our, theists and non-theists, quest for peace, fulfillment, and happiness.

    April 17, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  3. Joe Rebear

    And so it begins......Everyone has there view and take on christian faith. It's like my dad can whip your dad...school yard horse s*&#. Grow up! You people can't think for yourself? Need someone to lead you by the hand, tell you how to live and act? Wake up! There is'nt a person here on this thread that doe's not know how to act . We all know what is good...what is bad. What is good behavior..and what is'nt. You don't need someone standing on a stage telling you that if you don't beleive in Jesus? Your going to go too hell. What ever! I beleive in what i can see..hear... feel...taste and touch. THe proof is infront of your eyes. Not in some book writing by man. Wanna call me a sinner? Don't really care. We all are, i'll save ya a seat next to the fire....bring your own hot dog's. But really folks...think for yourself for once. Treat each other the way you wish to be treated. Were all living on borrowed time. Make the best of it.

    April 17, 2011 at 4:11 am |
  4. Clay

    If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.

    April 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  5. Dina

    Claim to be whatever you want to but ultimately we will all stand before God's judgment seat. It is written: "As surely as I live,' says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God."

    April 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • I_get _it

      "As surely as I live,' says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God."

      That sounds more like something that an evil, egotistical 'Satan' would say.

      April 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Joe Rebear

      so you can remeber a verse from the book...that's good. And your proubly a very good person with a good heart. But im noy buying it. If your going to church makes you good of heart, makes you feel good? THen im happy for you. Bravo. I just can't live my life according too a black book. Because it say's Holy Bible? Not me. Now if THere was a Book....SAying we all need to eat Green egg's and ham....this is god's word...would you do it? It is the same thing. Because some one said this is what god...or Jesus said...you need to do it or else. It's crazy.

      April 17, 2011 at 4:22 am |
  6. Muneef

    About Atheists;
    As understand from the oxford English English that the word means non-believer,disbeliever.unbeliever,sceptic.doubter,doubting.Thomas,agnostic,nihilist.
    Well seem as those are not specifically being towards Religion only but towards all that goes on in life and life it self ! 
    Not having faith or trust is a problem and blindly giving a faith and trust is another problem !

    Was informed that N.Korea system is an atheist system and for that they are more advanced than religious systems ! 
    Just heard on the news that N.Korea 2012 will declure her self A Super Power ! And that they are annually visiting as a pilgrimage the Idol of their deceased ex President offering flowers,for they had considered him their eternal President !
    Soon they will have the Son Idol to visit, after that all they need a holy ghost !
    Seeing that atheist system means you become to worship idols such as those (men of ideologies,political parties or even movie stars or football teams) those get of you  all love and attention rather more than God !    

    In such though could those who worship and fear men and ideologies more than God like the Mafia or Similar Gangs be considered as atheists for they have God Fathers and War Princes to fear more than God ! Or is it that no one fear God any longer ? Is it in disbelief or in belief such as those who think God is all about love and would not punish while others think they have been saved by having their Prophet sacrificed as a sin taker and that no matter what they do today they are sure to go to Paradise only because they think there is no place for Hell for it does not exist nor punishment exist ? Forgot to ask them whether for all or them only or for other faiths as well ? Then if the other faiths have paradise and hell or only hell because all were wrong not accepting their named son or the 3in1 formula ! ? For they have made idols that are considered holy as well as many other faiths who have made for them selves live and dead idols to worship than God or worship them beside God or assigning them as God's partners that are feared by them maybe even more than God ! ? It is those who are killing,corrupting the earth and the sea !? 

    Now how could atheists and disbelievers to become to believe in such teachings and practices over the what the creator been calling upon us to believe !? 

    If i thought to ask what is needed to be seen for man to believe in God ? And if need an individual to see it or needs the world to see it with him for him to become to believe in the unseen ?  And if need to see it while fully awake or while you are fast asleep ?

    Many do get all the signs and warnings in their asleep in their dreams !   
    For that they have to go to bed in ablution state and no alcohol then pray asking God to be able to see the truth and might you one day see some thing if kept on trying !!
    God only answers those who call upon him wanting him and his guidance but might not to those who remember to call upon him only when they are in trouble and when they are saved they fail to remember him and go back to what they used to do before then rather than to do what should have to be done in return !
     
    What is happening to mankind and am one of them that as well not perfect or trying hard to be as perfect as should be as a follower of the Quran on the faith of Abraham and the path of Muhammed (SAW)to both... My God help and guide me and who ever wishes before death and after death and on the judgment day.  Ameen 

    April 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  7. Dini

    //Don't make generalizations about the people who follow a certain belief (or lack of belief)//

    This is to Jane. You just made a generalization about Christians by assuming that we are all ignorant of other religions. I have read ALL of the texts you mentioned and I am still a Christian. You really don't know anything about Christianity(at least ancient Christianity) and like to put down others as being less brilliant than yourself. You then contradict yourself by claiming Christians make generalizations when you make the same assumptions about us. If you spent even half the time looking to your own inner peace as you do putting down religious people, you would probably not be such an angry idiot.

    April 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Jeff

      Dini,

      THIS is an example of exactly why the world hates Christianity. They would love Jesus if Christians ever actually got to know Him so that they could show Him.

      Anger does not accomplish the will of God. This person you just called an idiot is loved by our God as much as you are. Please wake up and tell all your brothers and sisters in Christ to also wake up.

      Jesus is the only way to God, this is true. But, most Christians, though they attend "church" regularly, have never known this Jesus they speak of. It is an act and the people of the world see right through it!

      LOVE, PURITY, SELFLESSNESS! These are the ways of God, not calling others "idiots".

      Please wake up, beloved and shine.
      :>)

      April 17, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  8. Eric

    Finally an atheist who cares about the world and human nature, I am pretty sure this book will go on the top seller's list. I love being an atheist becuse I dont have to live my life through a false idol, this book can give me guidelines on how to live my life without having to praise a god. Yayyyy, atheists are coming up in the world!!!:) and to all of you people who are against this book, I'm sorry to say but religion is becoming obsolete. The world will be great when we don't have to worry about religions and people will stop fighting about religion, I think that this book is the start of a better world.

    April 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Jeff

      The sad thing is that this man is closer to Jesus than 99.99999% of "Christians". If I could spend a few days with this kind man, he would become a leader in body of God on earth.

      Christians, you need to wake up and realize that love is the heart of God and most of you, though are deeply religious, you have never known the Jesus you speak of. I am a preacher and I love this man who wrote this book. Christians, if you had been who you were supposed to be, then people like this kind man would have seen they were only an inch away from Jesus the whole time! Stop being so damn religious, Christians, and actually seek to know your God!

      I pray for this great man that he will be shown Jesus, and not this lifeless, ignorant, religious Christianity.

      April 17, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  9. Ursus Indomitus

    As lucifer laughs!

    April 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  10. Muneef

    Some one said that N.Korea is an Atheist country and have no God to worship?? Well as I understood that the do worship some one but not God...! They rather worship a Man (the deceased Ex-President) for whom they hold annual pilgrimage and have chosen him to be their eternal president...!!!

    So you see all through history atheists end up worshiping and glorifying man rather than God....although as well some religions ended up worshiping and glorifying Prophets,Messengers of God rather than God him self....!?

    April 16, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  11. BAL

    Kyle~ You are showing your ignorance and prejudice. Do your homework about the Bible being God's Word, looking beyond the sites that claim that the Bible is less than it claims.

    April 16, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  12. Lee

    You have got to be kidding !! What a joke this is seriously!! People are soo lost and confused it's pathetic. You don't just make up and create the bible on your own and pick pieces out of it that you disagree with!! Atheists are funny to me. They are LOST people !! Good luck !!!

    April 16, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  13. Ben

    Wow. Confucious, Aristotle, Plato, and the like? Can you get any more conflicting opinions compiled in a single book?

    April 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  14. Muneef

    [7:157] "(4) follow the messenger, the gentile prophet (Muhammad), whom they find written in their Torah and Gospel. He exhorts them to be righteous, enjoins them from evil, allows for them all good food, and prohibits that which is bad, and unloads the burdens and the shackles imposed upon them. Those who believe in him, respect him, support him, and follow the light that came with him are the successful ones."

    [7:158] Say, "O people, I am GOD's messenger to all of you. To Him belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. There is no god except He. He controls life and death." Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messenger, the gentile prophet, who believes in GOD and His words. Follow him, that you may be guided.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  15. David

    News Item – FLORIDA COURT SETS ATHEIST HOLY DAY!
    An atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy Days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days. The case was brought before a judge.
    After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"
    The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays."
    The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant."
    The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."
    The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."

    April 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  16. Bawdybill

    Thought I'd never get to the end of this thread.

    Has anyone read this book? Are we to condemn it unread? Atheist at least read the bible before they condemn it. Or does the thought you can be good all by yourself, without anyone, god or man, telling you you must do this or else upset you or weaken your faith? The best thing is to do the good you can in the time you got – if there's a god maybe he'll appreciate it and cut you a deal. Next best thing: Keep your conviction or lack thereof to yourself. Where I go after I die is my business and you can neither condemn me to hell nor raise me to heaven and you simply cannot know what is in store for me the other side of death. You are free to believe/disbelieve whatever you want, but you are not free to recruit me, threaten or coerce, into your belief system. I am one town you can shake the dust from your shoes. "Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."

    April 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Jeff

      Bawdybill,

      The said thing is, my friend, that much of what you say brings you favor with God even though many of His people are busy telling you the opposite. You are VERY near to the realm of God. I am sorry you, as have most of us, have met Christians before we met Jesus.

      I have spent 15 years researching religious and philosophical paradigms of all kinds. I have found that most of them say the same things and point to "The Rescuer". It is a sad thing that followers of these paradigms fight like they do.

      Bless you, my friend. Separate Jesus from what's commonly known as "Christianity" and you will find the path you have been subconsciously looking for. Discerning from your few words here, you seem to have more wisdom and trust in God than most religious people I have met.

      the Way, the Truth, & the Life... is a person to be experienced, not a religion to be believed. He was killed by Religion and It cannot know Him. But you can.

      I wish you well on your journey. You will do fine because you seem to "keep it real"

      April 17, 2011 at 1:41 am |
  17. Muneef

    Additionally, it is necessary to differentiate between Islam and the politics of Muslims. Islam is a way of life that, naturally, includes politics and governance. However, political positions—even if they are adopted based on certain Islamic values—are not necessarily part of ‘Islam,’ and would not require every Muslim to embrace it. When it comes to women, there is a subtle but very strong link between many of the fatwas that demean women, and certain political agendas. 

    http://www.onislam.net/english/component/content/article/2278/451661.html

    April 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  18. daryl

    wow....

    April 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  19. Clyde

    The contempt and virulence expressed in the comments here are what leads to much distaste of religion. Why is it that we can't search and find answers for ourselves. Why are religions so paranoid that they feel they cannot be questioned. Why do any of us think we have the answer and know truth. The only truth is that we exist for a short time and must find a way to co-exist. Religion cannot be cohersed, it must be accepted. If you have found a way to live that provides you with pease and happiness then do so. If others see the virtue of your way of life they will emulate it freely. You can never find pease by forcing you viewpoint onto someone else. I believe the humanist is trying to reach this point. You are not forced to be a humanist you are only requested to not force your belief onto others. It should be pointed out that an atheist or humanist cannot be automatically discounted as a sinner. Anyone who truly looks to coexist with his fellow man will be able to gleen the common values of right and wrong, they cross all religious and cultural boundries.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Jeff

      Clyde,

      You are so right.

      Please understand that Jesus and "Christianity" are light years apart from one another most of the time.

      I wish all that call themselves by the word "Christian" actually walked like Jesus did. If they did, the world would look so different.

      You, Clyde, are closer than you may think. You are practically walking with Jesus even now, based on what you said here.

      I am a preacher with 15 years of learning and I can tell you that I would rather churches be filled with people like you, my brother, than the mean-spirited "Christians" that pack those places out now.

      You are near. Keep walking.

      April 17, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • Jeff again

      Clyde,

      If this comment section alerts you via email and you get this message then please feel free to email me and ask me ANYTHING. I mean, anything. Your wisdom is needed in the churches today. You, like all of us, have likely grown up with horrible examples of "Christians". If there is any question you've ever had for a preacher that was not answered, please feel free to ask me. I am at: jbr_3535 *AT* y*a*h*o*o **DOT** COM.

      Peace, to you.

      April 17, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  20. Judi

    The reason that AC Grayling's, 'The Good Book,' will not and cannot make a difference in this world is because it attempts to bring forth goodness without God. God alone is good Jesus tells us and to suggest that people, who have proven themselves to be evil time and again in history, are capable of good, is at least unrealistic and at most irresponsible thinking. Our attempts at good works propelled by God bear good fruit. Our attempts at good works propelled by ourselves will bear bad fruit because we always want something in return. God asks us to give without expecting anything in return and then gives us the grace to do so. Without God's grace, this world would be unbearable, not unlike hell. If this world is difficult to live in now, how much more will hell be so.

    April 15, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Sharon

      @ Judi – Wow you lack of confidence in the human race is disgusting. There are many people in this world doing amazing good things and will continue to do so regardless in one's belief in a god or not. Just because you have a negative att-itude doesn't mean all of us do. It's Christians like you that make humanity look like we are nothing but a bunch of jerks! Well guess what we are NOT! If you would stop viewing the world with such negativity it would have a great impact on those around you.

      April 15, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • David

      Your a big joke your telling me you want the human race to not advance itself in anyway because it will bear" bad fruit". Honestly when has "God" ever asked of anything from you? Never I guarantee it, and i guess "Gods grace" also caused the holocaust, the crusades, and any other terrible event in history for a divine purpose that will benefit mankind right? Evolution must not exist either it is blasphemy and the world was not created 4 billion years ago it was created in 7 days, God must have put dinosaur bones under the ground to mess with our heads right? your kind of perception of reality degrades our society as a whole, it is primitive and pathetic.
      Good day

      April 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Cameron

      Judi,

      Don't get discouraged by these comments. Persecution is one of the best catalysts that's cause the church to grow horizontally. Most people that persecute us are ignorant of the entire message of the bible. An atheist that has read and studied the bible is rare (though most of them will claim otherwise) and an atheist that has read and studied the entire bible and remains an atheist is even rarer.

      April 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Jane

      @Cameron - Um, excuse me? "An atheist that has read and studied the bible is rare (though most of them will claim otherwise) and an atheist that has read and studied the entire bible and remains an atheist is even rarer."?

      I've read the Bible. I've also read the Qur'an, the Talmud, and parts of the Rigvedas. Can you say the same? And I'm definitely still an atheist. If anything, reading those religious texts made me MORE sure of my disbelief in all religions. Also, I know tons of atheists and agnostics who have read the Bible. They're still non-religious, too. Studies have actually shown that atheists are more knowledgeable than theists when it comes to religion.

      Don't make generalizations about the people who follow a certain belief (or lack of belief), especially generalizations that are false. It just makes you look ignorant and intolerant.

      April 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Cameron

      @Jane- If you will go back and read what I wrote again you'll notice that my words were "read and studied". Of course it's not rare for an atheist to read parts of or even the entire bible, most of us can read. However, I absolutely hold to what I said earlier. And if indeed you decide to declare yourself as an exception to my statement, which i'm sure you will, I will be so bold as to supose that durring your studies you fail to seek Gods holy spirit and instead, seek ways to further your Godless world view. I encourage you to google" Chuck Missler" and watch or listen to some of his scientific explanations of creation, our reality, the bible, and God.

      April 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Jane

      @Cameron - You did not answer my question, Cameron. Can you also say that you have read the Bible, Qur'an, Talmud, and portions of the Rigvedas? Yes, I do in fact declare myself an "exception" to your statement. You seem to presume to know everything about me, and everything about every atheist as well. If you actually knew me, you would know that I was raised Christian, attended catechism for years, and my full reading of the Bible is partially what made me realize that I was an atheist. Yes, I have studied the Bible. I recently reread it, in order to further study and educate myself - the same reason I read the Qur'an, Talmud, and Rigvedas, and the same reason one reads any sort of mythology. Again I ask, can you say the same of yourself?

      With every word you type, you further reveal the depth of your intolerance.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • BAL

      AMEN and thank you Judi! We need people who tell the truth about God, people who understand that God alone is good and that human works, no matter how good they are, glorify man while it is God alone who is deserving of ALL praise and glory and honor!

      April 16, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Karl

      didn't even know Newton was a Bible believer.

      April 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Thomas Buckingham

      Judi- You speak the truth.

      April 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Joe Rebear

      I hear most of what your saying...and for the most part...agree. As for your place called Hell? Were already in it. No little dude chasing you with a pitchfork. Were in it..it's here..all around you.We as humans are being tested every day of our life. Temptations thrown at us from all directions. Weather we choose to bite? THat's on you. We were giving a brain....and a soul. How we choose to live...personal choice. But we are in a Battle with other countrys...churches fighting with each other....people fighting with each other. It started with a man that dying on a cross. By his own people. ANd for what? For our sin's? SO i forgive you....it's ok. THen people make the same mistake...but it's ok...there forgiving? No way.....that dog won't hunt. We know right from wrong. And we all should be held accountible for our crimes against one another. And we will. When we meet our maker. By then it will be too late.....were going to get up there...and woops...im sorry i was such jerk on your planet.....but it's ok...your forgiving. Not gonna happen. Proubly send us back down here as a skunk. THat's too good for us. But he is the creator..and he will choose our fate. How you choose to live out your life? It's up to you. All of us. Do the right thing...treat each other with the respect you wish in return.

      April 17, 2011 at 4:45 am |
    • Religions are dung

      "The Good Book,' will not and cannot make a difference in this world is because it attempts to bring forth goodness without God."

      For humanists, it's god that will not and cannot make a difference!

      Both are equally in/valid!

      April 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
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