Deal brings largest religion book publishers under one corporate umbrella
HarperCollins reached a deal to buy religious publisher Thomas Nelson making it the biggest publisher of religious books.
November 1st, 2011
09:36 PM ET

Deal brings largest religion book publishers under one corporate umbrella

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) - Publisher HarperCollins reached an agreement Monday to buy fellow publisher Thomas Nelson, a move that will bring the two largest religion book publishers in the country under one corporation.

Lyn Cryderman, a former Zondervan publisher, said the move makes "HarperCollins the largest Christian publisher in the United States."

Brian Murray, president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, cited Thomas Nelson's wide reach into "books, Bibles, e-books, journals, audio, video, curriculum and digital applications" as a reason for the acquisition.

HarperCollins is the parent company of Zondervan, a Bible publisher whose Christian authors include megachurch pastor Rick Warren.

"Thomas Nelson adds further balance to our existing publishing programs," Murray said in a press release. "Its broad inspirational appeal is a good complement to Zondervan, which will continue to publish books consistent with its mission."

HarperCollins is a subsidiary of News Corporation, a multinational media company headed by Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate who earlier this year was plagued by hacking and phone-tapping allegations at some of his publications in the United Kingdom.

During the hacking scandal, some of Zondervan's authors questioned how a company who owns the rights to the world's best-selling English bible, the New International Version, could be associated with ethics violations.

Zondervan distributes books to over 100 countries.

Though HarperCollins' acquisition brings both Zondervan and Thomas Nelson under the same corporate umbrella, Casey Francis, director of corporate communications at Thomas Nelson said for the time-being the publisher is "still operating as competitors" with Zondervan.

According to a report by Publishers Weekly, HarperCollins expects to close on the acquisition by the end of the year and it is unclear as to whether after that point that two companies will publish separately.

"I know that we are very excited to be joining HarperCollins and I know that Harper Collins hopes to continue to publish both of us," Francis said. "As of right now, though, they are focusing on closing the transaction."

Francis was clear that "it is too early to say we are joining forces," because Zondervan and Thomas Nelson will continue to be published under their respective names.

Cryderman, the former Zondervan publisher, was not surprised by the move.

"For decades Zondervan and Nelson competed vigorously for authors and market share so it remains to be seen how this move changes things," Cryderman said.

The price HarperCollins paid for Thomas Nelson is currently unknown.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Bo

    @ catholic engineer, I answered your 12:39 post, but I don't think it posted. I've never read any Theological Opionion of a pleasant etenal limbo, but the Bible teaches that the earth made new will be our eternal home and it will not be any "limbo" as some teach, like sitting on a cloud struming a harp. How boring! The Bible teaches we will be doing things like building and planting and harvesting.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      Bo, you're probably shoveling snow, but I'll respond anyway. Here's where the concept of Limbo came from: Once it was realized that salvation was not possible withoug Baptism, the question naturally arose "What about children who die before they are Baptized. They certainly don't merit eternal damnation." People looked to the church for some answer. The church offered the POSSIBILITY that such souls may be placed in a place or state of perfect NATURAL happiness. Again, this was never a dogma or doctrine.

      November 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  2. Bo

    @ chatholic engineer,12:39 post. Sorry I couldn't answer sooner. I have never heard the Thological Opinion on this topic. The Bible teaches that eventually earth made new will be our eternal home after a short stay of 1.000 years in Heaven, I would be of the opinion that all redeemed souls would enjoy the earth made new. (The way some people think, Heaven and the new earth must be some kind of limbo, but that's not true.)

    November 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  3. Bo

    @CHUCKLES, Your question is very valid. I will try to answer. In Num 16 is recorded the story of the rebelion of Kora aganist Moses and God. The earth opened up and swallowed many people.This recoreded as an act of God. God was establishing a nation He could call His own.To have this He needed loyal loving obedient people, rebels and traitors would be a hinderance to His plan. Even our country has to deal with traitors and law breakers.These people go to prision, if justifiable, put to death. If there are no prisons what is the logical way to deal with multable number of people who are determined to rebel against authority? If you read carefully, you will learn that the children of Israel were constantly rebeling aganist God. God had to deal with them. In the end time God will deal with all mankind in a simular way. God can not have rebels in heaven.They would not be happy, so death is the most loving way to deal with it. Hell is not a none ending torment as some teach, for most it will be instant death.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      Bo, I agree that lots of people would not be happy in heaven if they got there. I once read an interesting idea: Hell could be the very love of God, experienced as fire by those who have spent their lives refusing it.

      November 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Chuckles


      The issue with this post is that you're equating god with humans as if god has to go through the same channels that man does in order to keep order and loyalty in society. Yes, the israelites rebelled against god in the bible every so often, usually when god abandoned them to their own devices. However how easy for an omnipotent being to create a group, race, whatever you want to call it, of people that he prizes above others and shows his love for them and their love for him? Its hard to understand why an omnipotent being seems to get so restricted by his own rules he imposes on others.

      November 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  4. catholic engineer

    What an irresistable business opportunity !

    Before Martin Luther, the printing press, and the Gutenburg Bible the Scriptures were written in Latin. After all, anyone who could read or write, read or wrote in Latin. Without the printing press, Bibles were hand copied and illuminated (illustrated). This was naturally time consuming and expensive. A Bible was a capital investment, and any church who could afford one, if they had any sense, would keep it under lock and key, or chain it to the pulpit. But, in a religious culture, think of the money to be made by the mass production and distribution of Bibles. An early day Zondervan.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  5. John


    November 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Bookss

      nice photo and music

      November 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  6. Bo

    @catholic engineer, I believe that when Paul wote these words in Rom 2:14-15, that he was refering to people that had not been presented the thuth. There literally millions in the world that have not heard the gospel, yet many live up to their conscience in doing that which is right and as Paul says they will be judged by their works. Also, there are millions who do have accsess to the gospel and yet, for their own reasons, reject it. Christians too will be judged by their belief, love, faith and works, John says repeatly, if you love God, keep His comandments, but also, and more importanly, all who believe are saved by the grace of God though the boold of a risein Savior. Without this; all are lost.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Keep in mind Bo, in a previous post you literally just rationalized away why it was totally alright for god to kill thousands upon thousands of his own creations (which he says he loves) because they were in rebellion, an act in itself that is supposed to be a gift from god (free will). Tell me how that actually makes sense?

      November 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      @ Bo, the question of salvation for Jews, Hindus, Buddhists , etc. often comes up. As a Catholic, I've heard it postulated that if these people are saved, they are saved by Christ whether they know it or not. I think this is what the Church calls "Theological Opinion". Kind of like the idea of Limbo, where some unbaptized may live in eternal NATURAL happiness. This was never a dogma, or even a doctrine. Just Theological Opinion.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Free

      You'll find that we typically don' reject everything in the gospels. Many of the things that Jesus supposedly taught are still quite acceptable moral guidelines, while some others are not, and all of his miracles and claims of divinity are just obviously embellishments and not to be taken seriously as factual.

      November 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  7. derp

    Pretty amazing to me that in the 21st century people still follow the purported teachings of an illiterate jewish hippie.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      derp, what offends you about "Love one another as I have loved you." ? "Judge not, lest you be judged." Even suppose Jesus wasn't the first to say these things, it was probably an ancient hippie who said them. Maybe we should dismiss these words and start hating and judging.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  8. Bring it on

    Bring on synergies and bless the hearts of the faithful and bring light to those in darkness!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      Yeah, profit profit profit to a few from religion, as usual. The only "light" will come when people see through these god frauds and stop buying their marketing material, e.g. bibles.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Bring it on

      Bring on those BIBLES and dispel that darkness.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Sue

      Why is it then that the period when the Church had the most power and influence in people's lives is called the Dark Ages?

      November 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • clay

      Because that was the time the Catholic church ruled. They take the Bible and read the parts they like, then add other sources to support the parts they read. In short, they should write their own Bible, cause they sure don't follow ours.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • hippypoet

      you could try worshipping the ONLY THING THAT YOU ACTUALLY owe your life to...THE ALMIGHTY SUN!

      November 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Bring it on

      Bring on those BIBLES for those who want to see light.
      tsk,tsk..what can be said of the the rest-as you can see the blind will lead the blind on...sit back, relax and enjoy as they lead themselves on!

      November 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • clay

      hippypoet, go stare at the Sun for a few hours.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • TheTooth

      All bible versions pick and choose the bits they like and don't like. What makes the catholic version any different from whatever version you call yours?

      November 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • hippypoet

      @clay, you tell me to stare at the SUN yet don't deny that you owe your rather pathic life, your completely pointless existence to , thats right, THE ALMIGHTY SUN! why won't you deny this, oh because its a fact! go ahead and try to argue it with facts... you will be at a loss. go ahead and get some facts and argue – i own my biz and therefore have all day... i'll wait!

      November 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • clay

      Baptists try to resist that particular urge. Just saying. We do fail a few times, but we try to read and live the whole thing cover to cover.
      @ hippypoet
      Nah, I don't feel like it. You're free to believe whatever you want. I'm just saying, you're almighty Sun can be painful. Why don't go there sometime and tell me what it's like?

      November 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • TheTooth

      Do you actually believe that, or is that just an impulse response? I won't judge you, so you can be honest with your response, but I am sincerely curious as to whether or not you truly believe that you are adhering to what your version of the bible preaches.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • hippypoet

      @clay, you rather not seek out any possible argument against the ALMIGHTY SUN because you know you can't... i know, its hard to accecpt but my god is better then yours in every aspect of life – deal with it! Oh and we worship the ALMIGHTY SUN with glenfiddich, you losers use crappy wine...you have a church and they pass around a black hole and ask for money – my god's church is the whole planet, and nothing will be asked of you ever!

      November 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  9. Bo

    @ Hippy, sorry, I must have touched a sinsitive nerve.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      Come on, 100%. You can do it.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • hippypoet

      no, you hit no nerve – only rattled my brain with your stupidity.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  10. Bo

    @JA don't worry about the aheists. For the most part I've quit posting on this blog because there are two immovable factions: the believers and the unbelievers. The unbelievers i.e. atheiests, prefer to take the slippery slope to destruction and that is their God given choice. When they read the Bible they read it for what they want to get out of it. They will always twist the scriptures to suit their needs. Most of the time deleting or ignoring the explaination of a text. They often accuse God of being a crule God for killing hundreds and thousands of people, but ignore the fact that the God slain people were detremined rebels of the living God. These atheists are a determined people and they too have chosen to join the ranks of the previously slain rebels. There is no need to name call or argue with them, it doesn't help your cause. If you 'bite', they naturely will go on the defense and bite 'back'.

    November 2, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Nikki

      I always say that life is like a sandwich.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • hippypoet

      well put Bo, now go back to not posting. you truly have no idea what your talking about – when i talk, i try to be as honest and correct as possible even if i find myself wrong – and i admit when i am wrong as well. something believers never do.
      shoo now, go back to where you were and live happy if you can knowing that you are full of judgement and pride and will if there is a god see me in hell. ๐Ÿ™‚ later dude or dudette.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • tallulah13

      For me, Bo, it's not about the bible or god, really, but the lack of proof that there has ever been a god or that the bible is anything more than a collection of bronze age myths. Those of us who choose to live a reality-based life understand that no special book or authority figure is needed to be a good and decent person and that this is the one life we will get.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      Bo, "For the most part I've quit posting on this blog", please, do the world a favor and make the part 100%.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • catholic engineer

      Bo, I'm not convinced that atheists are necessarily on a path to hell. Some of us have been given the gift of faith through no merit of our own. Others have not received this gift, through no fault of theirs. The Romans 2:14-15 states "Indeed, when Gentiles... do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves... They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them." This is only my private interpretation, but it shows that God is merciful.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      "god is merciful" but he'll tor-ture you painfully forever if you have so much as reasonable doubt of him.

      No thanks. You can keep your evil religious nonsense.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • catholic engineer

      Dr. Zeuss, let me try again. It seems to me that the scripture I quoted is saying the following: even though a person has not been given faith, if he lives up to the law written on his heart, God will take it into account. If this is true and God exists, you may have a chance.
      But as a Catholic, I have no chance at all. At least that's what I'm told by an astonishing number of Infallible interpreters of the Bible.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Free

      And, from our perspective, it is the believers who only read the Bible for what they want to get out of it, twist scriptures to suit their own needs, delete or ignore the scholarly explanation of a text, and insist that God is Love, when he is also jealousy and wrath.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      Yes, God is Love, jealousy, and wrath. But how many times have we been quoted "God is not willing that any be lost." And then we want to tell God what cards He is allowed to play in saving a particular soul.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Free

      catholic engineer
      Is the shepherd justified in killing all of another farmer's cattle just to save one of his sheep who drifted into the herd from being accidentally trampled?

      November 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  11. Dr. Zeuss

    Religion is all about greed and power. It's big business, in the worst way. Hopefully the monster publisher's revenues will decline as the Christian superst-itions fade away like so many other myths.There's far better fiction to be read than the seedy aggregate of so many authors' garbage commonly known as the bible.

    November 2, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • catholic engineer

      Dr. Zeuss, can I be your gadfly for today? Actually, human nature is about greed and power. Jesus himself defied the powerful, and overturned the moneychangers tables in the temple.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  12. catholic engineer

    Scandal involving Bible sales is only a logical conclusion. When the printing press came into being, the Bible could be mass produced in the languages of the people. The masses could speak these languages, but not read or write them. This left interpretation up to the infallible understanding of whoever was preaching. But now that everyone's literate and can mis-interpret for himself without authority, the Bible has been turned into a circus. Business abuses of Bible sales are almost irrelevant.

    November 2, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      "the Bible has been turned into a circus". Not quite, Always has been a circus. With a script written by many authors.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • catholic engineer

      @ Dr. Zeuss: You're almost right. The Bible isn't a circus, but describes one. Man has acted like a clown, and worse than the apes, for ages.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  13. eyesopened

    to the people who are reading this inquire to the fact that who ever is monitoring the statements to be posted is being extreamly personal as not to allow my comments through but stating that I had already expressed them when in fact they were not

    November 2, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • LinCA


      You said, "to the people who are reading this inquire to the fact that who ever is monitoring the statements to be posted is being extreamly personal as not to allow my comments through but stating that I had already expressed them when in fact they were not"

      Nobody is reading your posts. There are no human censors. CNN uses automated censoring that looks for words, or fragments of words, that are considered offensive. My guess is that your post had had a forbidden word in it. Posts that contain too many URLs will also get rejected.

      Repeat posts, even those that were censored, will show a message stating that you posted it before.

      The following words or word fragments will get your post censored (list is incomplete):

      To circumvent the filters you can break up the words by putting an extra character in, like: consti.tution (breaking the oh so naughty "tit").

      November 2, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • clay

      I really should write that list down somewhere...
      Gotta love sticky notes.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  14. Bookss

    I hope this also furthers Christ's Kingdom in this time of darkness.

    November 2, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      Yeah, because Christianity does especially well in darkness. Then you don't see the blood from their animal sacrifices and the priests have cover to go after kids.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • Bookss

      Who is sacrificing animals? Not I, and about the preist thing. Well 1. Im against that 2. God still wants to reach out to those who have been hurt by the church. 3. I feel bad for the peope who were hurt by the preist.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • tallulah13

      Did god tell you himself that he wants to reach out to people who have been hurt by the church or are you just saying what you want to believe?

      November 2, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      Bookss: Leviticus.

      Read your sicko bible: Jesus says you need to follow the law of the OT. It says you need to kill and burn an animal to make god happy today.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Bookss

      @tallulah13 Yes, I am a missionary, and no I'm not joking. I do feel called by God to reach out to the lost.
      @Dr. Zeuss I know in Leviticus it says to sacrifice animals, but we are in the New Testament age now. Where there is no need for sacrifice. It has already been done one last time once and for all.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  15. Bookss

    I hope this helps keep these publishers afloat. I would too struggle with being bought out by a Murdoch company.

    November 2, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      May the boat of religion sink, and quickly.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  16. chris rogger

    hi sir am reading ur blog ur pst is very nice
    this says that if you believe you understand...well why then do all you christian morons preach that your god is beyond understandablity โ€“ outside our understanding? do you all that claim to believe not believe at all?
    thanx sir

    November 2, 2011 at 5:42 am |
  17. Reality

    In other words, the largest publisher in the field of semi-fiction. Said field can be summarized as follows:

    Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or โ€œmythicizingโ€ from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesusโ€™ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    November 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • clay

      Reality, stop trying. These religions have existed for thousands of years. If they were that easy to take down they wouldn't have lasted this long. Time to come up with a different tactic.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Reality

      o http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html
      Religion .......Adherents

      Christianity 2.1 billion

      Islam 1.5 billion

      Irreligious/agnostic/atheism 1.1 billion

      Hinduism 900 million

      Chinese traditional religion 394 million

      Buddhism 376 million

      Animist religions 300 million
      African traditional/diasporic religions 100 million
      Sikhism 23 million
      Juche 19 million
      Spiritism 15 million
      Judaism 14 million
      Baha'i 7 million
      Jainism 4.2 million
      Shinto 4 million
      Cao Dai 4 million
      Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
      Tenrikyo 2 million
      Neo-Paganism 1 million
      Unitarian Universalism 800,000
      Rastafari Movement 600,000

      November 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Reality

      And the march to religious oblivion continues:

      Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

      Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

      November 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  18. hippypoet

    OH REALLY, IT MAKES MONEY!!!!! – this is in the bible, "Not believing dictates not understanding. 2 Corinthians 4:4"

    this says that if you believe you understand...well why then do all you christian morons preach that your god is beyond understandablity – outside our understanding? do you all that claim to believe not believe at all?

    or are you just so beyond dumb that you believe you understand and therefore believe but in reality have no idea whats going on and are just afraid of saying it out loud. basically a fear of a lack of control. See, you people place power in the hands of "jesus" or "god" when infact you have no power to place power in anyone or anything... its all a sense of control that you long for and you need to accecpt that you have no power but to accecpt. The problem here is you have accecpted an idea of lunacy! ๐Ÿ™‚ be good and get an afterlife! children's adult dessert! so sad!

    please tell me why such stupidity generates so much cash! It goes against logic!

    November 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Free

      In the same way, you have to suspend your disbelief in any fictional fantasy world before you can appreciate the story being told. The people who can't enjoy Star Trek or Star Wars for instance are the ones who just can't get over the fact that faster than light travel seems rather unlikely.

      November 2, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • JA

      haha, oh mr. hippy, its pretty clear you are blinded. Which actually again proves God is real. because that verse actually says "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." 2 Cor 4:4. So obviously His words are true. who is the moron now ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 2, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Isn't it great how The Bible covers it's @$$ that way?
      You must believe wholeheartedly without evidence.
      People will doubt, but that just proves that God is real becuase His book says people would doubt.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • hippypoet

      how does what i said "again" prove god is real... i am pretty sure that pathic man made creation is nothing more then a thought, an idea, a flash in ones mind! sad that you have formed a life around someone else's ideas and not your own. maybe your weren't smart enough to have your own ideas. but by insulting me makes you a judger, and shows how much pride you have for 1) you proving others wrong and 2) love for your belief... and as we all know, pride is a sin, as well as judging. tisk tisk, enjoy hell. ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 2, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Free

      Depends on what you think the 'god' of this age is, doesn't it? If it's our confidence in science and reason to define what is true, then of course this affects our willingness to accept the Bible's supernatural claims on face value. Whatever wise advice recorded in the gospels of the man Jesus remains unaffected by this skepticism. You can be a follower of Jesus' social teachings without believing the claims that he was a demigod.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Right on!
      I've say over and over that belief in the supernatural isn't required to live a life of humility, charity, and compassion.
      That's usually when some believer condemns me to hell for being a heretic.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • Nikki

      The logic is in the negative void between common knowledge and prominence. Anyone can take a simple accident and turn it into a reason to believe the world is coming to an end, but then someone stands up in fearful desperation for closure and asks "Where is the proof?" When that happens, another stands up and gives an answer. If others start to believe what this man is saying on the spot, they will not bother to rationalize his logic, especially if those people have a limited awareness to the underlying factors. Overall, the problem you are asking about is ignorance; when someone fails to gain insight and awareness to new concepts.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Free

      Yes, and it's the exact same kind of thinking that superst.itious farmers used when they looked around for witches to blame for their cows giving sour milk.

      November 2, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  19. Kebos

    I didn't realize that there is such big money to be made in religion.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Books of fiction always sell.

      November 2, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  20. hippypoet


    November 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • clay

      I was wondering when that would come up. XD
      Yay, conspiracy theories!

      November 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
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