My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible
The 17th century painting Judith Beheading Holofernes, by Artemisia Gentileschi, depicts a biblical scene.
February 25th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible

Editor's note: Steven James is the author of more than 30 books, including "Flirting with the Forbidden," which explores forgiveness.

By Steven James, Special to CNN

(CNN) - The Bible is a gritty book. Very raw. Very real. It deals with people just like us, just as needy and screwed up as we are, encountering a God who would rather die than spend eternity without them.

Yet despite that, it seems like Christians are uncomfortable with how earthy the Bible really is. They feel the need to tidy up God.

For example, look in any modern translation of Isaiah 64:6, and you’ll find that, to a holy God, even our most righteous acts are like “filthy rags.” The original language doesn’t say “filthy rags”; it says “menstrual rags.” But that sounds a little too crass, so let’s just call them filthy instead.

And let’s not talk so much about Jesus being naked on the cross, and let’s pretend Paul said that he considered his good deeds “a pile of garbage” in Philippians 3:8 rather than a pile of crap, as the Greek would more accurately be translated.

And let’s definitely not mention the six times in the Old Testament that the Jewish writers referred to Gentile men as those who “pisseth against the wall.” (At least the King James Version got that one right.)

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The point?

God’s message was not meant to be run through some arbitrary, holier-than-thou politeness filter. He intended the Bible to speak to people where they’re at, caught up in the stark reality of life on a fractured planet.

Dozens of Psalms are complaints and heart-wrenching cries of despair to God, not holy-sounding, reverently worded soliloquies. Take Psalm 77:1-3: “I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help” (New Living Translation).

And rather than shy away from difficult and painful topics, the Old Testament includes vivid descriptions of murder, cannibalism, witchcraft, dismemberment, torture, rape, idolatry, erotic sex and animal sacrifice. According to St. Paul, those stories were written as examples and warnings for us (1 Corinthians 10:11). So obviously they were meant to be retold without editing out all the things we don’t consider nice or agreeable.

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I believe that Scripture includes such graphic material to show how far we, as a race, have fallen and how far God was willing to come to rescue us from ourselves.

God is much more interested in honesty than pietism.

And that’s what he gives us throughout Scripture, telling the stories of people who struggled with the same issues, questions and temptations we face today.

Peter struggled with doubt, and we hear all about it.

Elijah dealt with depression; Naomi raged with bitterness against God; Hannah struggled for years under the burden of her unanswered prayers.

David had an affair and then arranged to have his lover’s husband killed. Noah was a drunk, Abraham a liar, Moses a murderer. Job came to a place where he found it necessary to make a covenant with his eyes not to lust after young girls (Job 31:1).

It’s easy to make “Bible heroes” (as Protestants might say) or “saints” (as Catholics might refer to them) out to be bigger than life, immune from the temptations that everyone faces.

I find it encouraging that Jesus never came across as pietistic. In fact, he was never accused of being too religious; instead he partied so much that he was accused of being a drunkard and a glutton (Matthew 11:19).

Jesus never said, “The Kingdom of God is like a church service that goes on and on forever and never ends.” He said the kingdom was like a homecoming celebration, a wedding, a party, a feast to which all are invited.

This idea was too radical for the religious leaders of his day. They were more concerned about etiquette, manners, traditions and religious rituals than about partying with Jesus. And that’s why they missed out.

That’s why we miss out.

According to Jesus, the truly spiritual life is one marked by freedom rather than compulsion (John 8:36), love rather than ritual (Mark 12:30-33) and peace rather than guilt (John 14:27). Jesus saves us from the dry, dusty duties of religion and frees us to cut loose and celebrate.

I don’t believe we’ll ever recognize our need for the light until we’ve seen the depth of the darkness. So God wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty with us about life and temptation and forgiveness. And grace.

Only when the Bible seems relevant to us (which it is), only when the characters seem real to us (which they were), only then will the message of redemption become personal for us (which it was always meant to be).

We don’t need to edit God. We need to let him be the author of our new lives.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Steven James.

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soundoff (5,744 Responses)
  1. SentByTheWind

    Religion is the most destructive weapon ever created. It also removes any guilt and remorse when justifying doing harm to others.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Maximus

      I think of religion, the same way republicans defend guns. Religion doesn't kill people... weird people do crazy stuff everyday. It is just more noticeable if the perpetrator is a catholic, a mormon or some religion. You never read "atheist bum kills 3 kids" or something like that

      February 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Jesus-Touch-Me-Wrong

    Get on your knees children!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  3. carlyjanew6


    February 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Maximus

      Super-Pac? lol

      February 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Butters

    I believe it went down like this . 2000yrs ago a Roman emporer probably Constatine said to his people .
    " Christianity it's a big idea , this is a chance for a New World Order .

    February 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Maximus

      That's when the decline of religion really began. Mixing religion and politics is just bad, especially when you have someone like Constantine at the head of the most powerful force on earth.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  5. WWJD

    Jesus taught us to love one another, even to strangers. He came to save mens lives not destroy them. What is wrong with that?

    February 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • D

      It's a fairy tale?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Observer

      The problem is all the hypocritical believers who use the Bible to trash others like gays and pro-choice supporters.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • pastmorm

      Buddha taught the exact same thing 500 years before your jesus washed up on the shore, so please don't even imagine that jesus was the first "goodness" to touch the earth.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Maximus

      Who cares who the hell was first, if most people in this world truly believed that we need to be like one of those good people from the past like Jesus or Buddha we would be better off.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  6. PVS1

    "...and let’s pretend Paul said that he considered his good deeds “a pile of garbage” in Philippians 3:8 rather than a pile of crap"

    thats easy since he never called his good deeds a pile of anything. he was referring to the life/possession he gave up. wow man...cnn.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  7. Robert Monroe Turner

    Jehovah's Witness are anti semitic they completey distort the scriptures to suit their own agenda. In the book of revelation the elect are 144,000 fron the 12 tribes of Israel, not JWs!!! In Exodus it is written the 7th day Sabbath is a sabbath to the Lord your Elohim, your God! Jesus declared "the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath". Jesus is from God, he is part of God from beginning to end. What did Yeshua say is the greatest commandment? Mark 12:29 hear oh Israel, the LORD our God the LORD is one. Yeshua cannot be LORD of the Sabbath if he is not God incarnate.

    Their is no J in the Hebraic alphabet Jehovah is wrong just as Jesus is also wrong translation. Yahovah and Yeshua are more correct. Theses names have special meanings that do not come across in translation also the way the words are spoken have important siginifcance because of the breathing patterns when the sacred names are spoken.

    JWs do not have the truth!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Pie in the Sky

      Robert Monroe Turner
      "JWs do not have the truth!"

      Yumpin' Yupiter, you are probably right about JWs... now to work on your own misconceptions...

      February 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  8. Andrew

    Well put. We all are depraved when compared to The Lord our God. Jesus hung out with the sinners, as they were the ones that needed him most. I think they were more real and knew they were lacking. And Jesus hated religion too. You don't follow a bunch of old rules to be saved. You have faith in Christ, and those "old rules" become a response to the love of Christ.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Fiona

      Read the Bible much, Andrew? Your prophet Jesus said that all "men" (that includes women, presumably) are sinners. The folks he hung out with were no worse than anyone else.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  9. Fiona

    BTW, strange choice of picture the CNN editor put up. Look up the story of Judith and Holofernes. That's a loaded image.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  10. anonymous

    The problem with the Bible, is the interpretations that "man" puts into it. The "word" of God has become so convoluted throughout the ages. You don't need the Bible as a way of believing in Him. Take a walk outside sometime. Look at nature, or at the baby you hold in your arms. The miracles around you confirms His existence.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Fiona

      Or her existence. Or its existence. Why be gender and species specific, when you are attempting to sound pantheistic? You are outing yourself as someone with a waffling Judeo-Christian faith.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Mike

      I'll never understand that "logic". If a healthy newborn and a beautiful Spring day are evidence for God's existence, what are children born with birth defects and hurricanes? You can't give God credit for all the great things in the world without holding him responsible for all the bad things as well. Every time you thank God before a meal while thousands of others starve, you're completely ignoring the problem of evil and also demonstrating the height of arrogance.

      It's just asinine that a guy like Time Tebow praises God after ever win, does that mean God didn't like the other team. Just once I want an athlete to blame Jesus for throwing an interception or missing a three point shot.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • fintastic

      Mike, don't you know? god is responsible for all the "good", man is responsible for all the "bad".

      yup, someone that was waving their hands around in the air like a madman told me that!... really!

      February 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  11. truth

    ny people believe in these fiarytales. Why is that when some grow up they still believe in Santa Clause and Jesus and some continue to be delusional? It is cute when you are a kid but not as an adult.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • sortakinda

      So "truth," you have finally set the believing world straight. There is no Santa Claus, no Jesus, no nothing. Are you happy? You have no Hope.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      sorta kinda, until you prove the existence of your god, it is highly probable that you only have false hope. One does not need a Sky Daddy, especially of the old angry white dude variety, to have hope of a good life in the here and now, and to live a good life, following civil laws and the golden rule.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • D

      sortakinda, you can have plenty of hope without there being a jesus or a santa clause. it happens all the time, with billions of people!

      February 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  12. Your PalBob

    Newsflash Steve, people wrote the Bible.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • billy

      Or was it aliens?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Anon

      Bigoted desert men is more like it.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  13. Fiona

    The Bible is a collection of writings by men. Very human, violent, jealous, profane men. Of course it is rough in parts. Those were violent times.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Anon

      It's all myth, get over it.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Watchman4GOD

      @ Fiona: She says; "The Bible is a collection of writings by men;” very human, violent, jealous, “profane men.” Of course it is rough in parts. Those were violent times."

      My Bible Teacher Response:

      That was absolute Biblical nonsense. Just like the "many errors" that were tossed out by the author of the story herein; Fiona has displayed an unbelievable lack of Bible Scripture knowledge. It reminds me of the old saying, "It is better to keep one’s mouth closed and have people think you smart; than to open it, and remove all doubt."

      Fiona (and I’m not picking on her, as much as to simply generalize about all the people that have blogged on this story; specifically those that think ill of the Word of God – the Bible). She stated that "The Bible is a collection of writings by men" ... "violent men," "profane men." I wish she would actually read it (the Bible) first; and not only her, but the many bloggers who say and think the same way. Nowhere in the Bible does it ever state that “any part” of the “Writings” (Holy Scripture) were simply penned, or thought up "by men," (people give way too much credit to the pea brain of man; let us never flatter ourselves so); to the contrary, the Bible clearly states many times, that the “entirety of the Holy Scriptures” (and I'll paraphrase in today's vernacular, in order to make it easier to understand both the Hebraic and Greek terms [and meanings] more clearly); was 'dictated into the minds' of the “HOLY (not violent, jealous, or profane) MEN of GOD,” by the HOLY SPIRIT, who Himself, is GOD." So, which part then, would be by man? Holy Men (chosen by God Himself) simply put to smoothed skins, or papyrus, ink and pen, what was ‘totally dictated’ to them, into their minds hearing, from a Godly Spiritual Mind "far superior" to theirs, and also to anyone that claims it was written by men.

      Just like when a secretary "pens," "types," "word processes," “WORD Docs,” etc., what she hears (directly) from her "boss" who tells her exactly what to write down;, similarly, these “Holy, chosen by God men” did the same thing. Nearly 900 prophecies written from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. Nearly 850 already fulfilled to-date; to the very letter, the very day, the very month, the very year, the very place, the very nation(s), the very person(s), the very kingdom(s), the very king(s), the very family lineage(s), etc., etc.; written over a period of roughly 1,541 years (from ~1,446 BC to ~95 AD), on 3 continents, by 40 separate authors, culminating in 66 Canonical Books; and not one is in error with the other; and all done without phones, faxes, photocopiers, email, internet correspondence of any kind; etc., etc.

      By contrast, if I had a room full of people today; held a lengthy conference program, didn’t bother to tell them (all) to take notes, in order to put conference notes book together later; then, waited only 1 week; and asked them to “separately” send in their notes to put together a conference book; a book review board would soon find that they would have “serious doubts” that the majority had even attended the same meeting. The words, the context, the contents, the high points, the overall flavor of the actual meeting would be so diverse, that most of the notes would have to be thrown away, because they made no sense at all; and that is only 1 week, in the same month, in the same year, in the same room, by people allegedly speaking the same language.

      Now, try writing one condensed Biblical [Main] Book, over a period of 1,541 years, coordinating at minimum, 4 dialects (Hebrew, Babylonian, Aramaic, and Greek); by 40 separate men, 66 separate (entries) books, coming from 3 separate continents … all “perfectly” flowing in context, meaning, prophetic analysis; and of the 900 overall prophesies, 300 are integrated prophesies about just One Man that would perform a specific work in time; and that One Man did in fact come, and He did in fact perform all 300 prophesies, perfectly; 300 prophesies that have been confirmed and established as having happened, as “were” prophesied; not only by the (NT) Holy men of God; but also by Jewish historians who had “no real love” for this One Man. Not to mention the writings of a “top shelf” (secular) historian (like the Roman historian, Tacitus), who claimed that Dr. Luke, the one who penned the writings found in the Book of Luke; who was Holy Spirit filled; and, who also wrote the most concise historical data about that One Man that came to Earth out of His realm of eternity; and it was said of Dr. Luke, by Tacitus himself; “Dr. Luke is a man of expressed knowledge and capacity; his writings are of the first order.” That One Man was the God-Man, Yeshua [Jesus], the One called the Christ of God; also being God Himself. Remember, the Holy Men of God that wrote down those 300 prophesies, [All] lived from 400 to 1,446 years “before” the One Man they wrote those prophesies about.

      No my dear people, man can’t even get a political meeting set of notes together without libeling someone…they certainly couldn’t put together the immense Knowledge and Truth of the One Book known as the Bible; no other Book is prophetical, and certainly not to the tune of 900 prophecies [and no, Nostradamus is not pre-prophetic like the Bible is; those are a compilation of post-prophetic-type writings], and you really have to stretch the Quatrains to try to find something in them; while the Bible is exact; in no other Book on Earth, is there a “Great and Holy Personage” who willfully and decisively died for those that hated Him, and who were also sinners [according to His Holy Standards], at the time He died for them; and He did all that by His own choice, and not because He needed to, like the Author of this story alludes to; and certainly not because He was lonely; let us never be so vain; and, He did it all so that you might simply believe and be saved, from what will indeed be a fiery eternity for those that [personally] “choose” to be His enemy. God has never sent one person to Hades, nor forced them into Heaven; the souls in both places are there by [personal] choice.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  14. Trini1000

    Interesting and refreshing take on the Word – thanks for writing this....I so wish the original meanings had not been "watered down".

    February 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  15. Paul

    I'd settle for people getting off their knees and following the golden rule rather than engaging in the nonsense that is religion. The world would be a better place if people thought and behaved rationally.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Maximus

      rationality is always relative, because people understand truth differently. Democrats believe Obama is rational, while Republicans think he is a idiot. Diversity is ok. I don't want everyone to be religious, but I don't want everyone to deny God, and be like Bill Maher and preach anti-religion garbage. It annoys me as much as Rev. Wrights or Jesse Jackson's garbage.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Nathan

      Rational in who's eyes? What standard are we going off of? Yours? Your standard is the golden rule, and you are saying everyone go off of this standard, or listen to what you say and everything will be ok. Jesus did that but you are calling it silly...hmm...i smell a hypocrite

      February 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • D

      @Maximus: ah, so "diversity" of opinion is ok, unless it's about believing in your god? double-standard much?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Observer


      What SPECIFICALLY did Rev. Wright say that you don't want people to hear? Exact quote please.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Maximus

      Diversity across the board. No need to disdain other people's beliefs. Religious, agnostic or atheist.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  16. morris2196

    I do not believe that translations of the Bible have sugar-coated the original text. Ever read the account of the crucifixion of Jesus, or the conquest of Cannan by the Hebrews? It is very, very rough reading. Indeed, most of human history makes for very, very rough reading. The Roman’s lining the roadside with thousands of crucified people comes to mind. What IS sugar-coated is most sermons.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  17. john316

    These are all just "Cults"....there have been many before and there will be lots afterwards.......the membership numbers are what change as time goes by......do you really need it.......they look more like big corporations....which they are..... and seem really...really concerned about the "Money".....could you be spiritual without them? I wonder.....you might actually have to think about it......

    February 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Maximus

      Not all Churches are so stupid. Good Churches have not paid minister, pastors or whatever. I do agree with you, that any Church where the leader of the congregation is paid, is like a corporation (not that corporation is a bad thing in itself, but it simply isn't religious)

      February 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Leslie

      It's a man written NOVEL, people! Why are so many people so gullible?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Maximus

      well wait... we gotta be respectful. Being religious doesn't make you stupid or gullible. Now, believing in a religion that disdains all others i.e. baptist, evangelical christians, Jehova's Witnesses is a different thing... There are good churches out there. You may agree or disagree with the beliefs, but they really teach people good morals.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • VMike

      If you require the dictates of an authority figure, complete with threats of punishment for violation, in order to act according to an ethical code (you can call it "morality" if you'd like) then you're not actually ethical or moral, you're just obedient. That doesn't make religion laudable, it just means its best suited for the worst kind of person – those incapable of doing good on merit of it being good.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Next time you are in court tell the judge that u didn't obey the law because to do it was against being ethical.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • TSB8C

      Go to college, get a theology degree, rent a building, hang up a sign, and start collecting money. That's how must churches are started just like most businesses. Paid ministry = fraud. Sugar-coated sermons = paid motivational speaker. If you feel good paying for the entertanment, then more power to you. Want real religion? Study for yourself, say your own prayers (not reading pre-printed from a book), and seek one out that doesn't get paid.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  18. sharoom

    It seems in this respect the Bible and the Quran are the same. You can cherrypick pieces from each to make them look glorious or make them look terrible.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Maximus

      your ignorance on this matter is apparent... I mean, saying that are both the same is just incorrect. Have you ever read a Bible or a Quram

      February 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Nonimus


      They are the same, "in [the] respect" that, "you can cherrypick pieces from each to make them look glorious or make them look terrible." @Sharoom is absolutely correct.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Observer


      Speaking of ignorance, radical Muslims are following MANY of the same commands from God in the Bible. Read it sometime.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  19. palintwit

    Whenever someone mentions the bible, I think of Sarah Palin. Whenever I think of Sarah Palin, I think of teabaggers. Whenever I think of teabaggers, I think of nascar. Whenever I think of nascar, I think of trailer trash. Whenever I think of trailer trash, I think of Sarah Palin. Whenever I think of Sarah Palin, I think of teabaggers. Whenever I think of...

    February 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Maximus

      The Bible is great, but we do have people that give religion and Christianity a bad name, and makes us look like fools, who don't believe in science or are simply plain ignorant bigots e.g. Sarah Palin, Rev. Wright, Jesse Jackson, etc...

      February 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • RR1279

      She may be an idiot, but she has more money, power, and influence than you. How does that feel?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Maximus

      ok I guess...what's your point? I don't need that power or money or whatever.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Giveitup

      ...and when I think of "palintwit" .... I think of idiots; you spend way too much time in stupid and unproductive babel/thinking.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  20. Mike

    I'd settle for Christians actually reading the Bible at all, most of them haven't ever gone cover to cover of both Testaments – if they did there would be a LOT more atheists in the world. As Asimov said, "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."

    February 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Debbie

      You are so right.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • blithe

      You are a liar. first rate. The devils also believe there is God, you have been sorely deceived by one of them. Poor humans. Richard Dawkins now says ' I havent said I am an atheist , I am an agnostic '

      February 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Mike

      @blithe LOL, calling me a liar. What's that book of yours say about casting the first stone again? It was actually reading the Bible myself that finally strangled what was left of my faith, and if you ask any group of atheists many will tell you similar stories. You also apparently don't know the definitions of agnostic or atheist. Dawkins is an agnostic atheist, like me, like most atheists. I also sincerely doubt Dawkins said those exact words, or it he did you most certainly took them out of context – so maybe you're the liar. Agnosticism pertains to knowledge, (a)theism to belief. I do not know for absolute certain there are no deities, but I do not believe in them, because there is no good reason to or evidence for them. You can be an agnostic atheist or agnostic theist, but you cannot simply be an agnostic as it is not a position between atheism and theism.

      Educate yourself before spouting incoherent drivel again.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Chuck

      Right on Mike!

      February 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • sortakinda

      "Properly read" is not cover to cover, straight through. There are groupings of biblical text that make more sense if you read them together, not that you'd care.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Chuck

      Wel,l that should be in the preface then so we uneducated hicks would know not to read cover to cover. I guess editor was not one of god's strong points.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Chuck

      Well, that should be in the preface then so we uneducated hicks would know not to read cover to cover. I guess editor was not one of god's strong points.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Tertlos

      Fair enough, if that's what you wish to believe. However, as you proclaim yourself to be an agnostic atheist, with relevant data being fundamental to your world view, what do you have (aside from the musings of a sci-fi novelist) to support the idea that more Biblical knowledge would create more atheists? I can only speak from personal experience, but I have read the Bible in its entirety, and it only served to strengthen my faith.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Anon

      ^ Personal experience is meaningless, you're still fcked up in the head.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Chuck

      Asimov was President of the American Humanist Association, vice president of Mensa, a PHD in biochemistry and writer of many non-fiction books, science and historical. So no idly musing hack.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
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