Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Awkward moments.....

It was my birthday recently, and, as usual I received a good many interesting books from my wish list. My wife, bless her Catholic heart, is more than willing to feed my atheist appetite. It did get a little awkward, however, when I opened "The God Delusion" in front of her rabidly religious family members. The silence was deafening.

Actually, I'm becoming somewhat more militant in front of everyone these days. I'm trying to balance, on the one hand, my comments about magic sky fairies with my wife's desire to remain on speaking terms with her family. It's an interesting tightrope act. Any suggestions on how to introduce rationalism gently into conversations?

By the way, here are some of the books I'm reading at the moment. All well worth it:


Also, I'll be on vacation for July 4th this week, so I probably won't be blogging. I'll be back next week. Enjoy!

16 comments:

Psychodiva said...

keep at it- the struggle is worth it in the end even if you do piss off some family along the way :) as long as your wife is still talking to you- that's the important thing :)

not read 'faling man' yet - is it any good?

Juli said...

I'm on the waiting list for The God Delusion. It is taking for ever. Lucky you on your birthday! Enjoy your new books.

Juli

Tantalus Prime said...

I wish I had the free time to read Dawkins. Lousy textbooks, stealing all my free time.

By the way, you have been tagged (see below). I didn't want to do it either, but if I don't the god I don't believe in might smote me.

http://tantalusprime.blogspot.com/2007/07/octet-of-random-facts.html

Steve Weaver said...

Thanks for the comments. Falling Man is pretty good - I'd certainly recommend it. I'm working on my random facts (Thanks to those who tagged me - not!!), and I'll get to them eventually!!

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