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[Error: unknown template qotd]Honestly, no. There have been moments where I have doubted Christianity, but never in a "Let's look at other religions and see if they make more sense" way. To me, Christianity just  seems to make the most sense, and I have seen God working through me and others. There are just moments where I lose sight of God for a moment, and I am ashamed of that, because I want to be more dedicated, but... I dunno. I just have to pray for God's guidance, I guess.
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I love my brother, but sometimes he drives me up the wall. Especially today.

You see, during supper, all three of us (my dad, my brother, and I) were talking about homosexuality. At first, it was a conversation about Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the inauguration invocation, but it evolved (haha) into a conversation about homosexuality.

Honestly, I'm all for gays being treated just like any other decent human being on the planet (although I have some very specific ideas of how to resolve the "same sex marriage or no?" issue), even though I might not consider homosexuality moral, as such.

So I got slightly snippy when I brought up Prop 8, how I thought it was wrong what California did, and he said this:

"If they don't like it, they should just go and live on a deserted island."

Those weren't his exact words, but they were close. I got angry about that (you can't ostracize someone from society just because of their sexual orientation), he said "I'm not saying we should do that," I said, "I know, but they don't want to live on a deserted island because hey, you know, they're people too and they want to be treated that way in society, not living huddled together on a little deserted island," or something like that, and he said again, "I'm not saying we should."

And I blew up. "I KNOW THAT, DAVID!"

There was silence for a few minutes after I said that. Like I said yesterday, there must be something wrong with my hormones. Maybe it'll clear up in a few days.

I hope.

But honestly, my brother seriously ticks me off sometimes. His views are even more conservative than mine, even more conservative than my dad's. And while my dad isn't ultra-conservative, he's a bit more conservative than I am.

My brother... really needs to get out. He can't experience the world through a computer screen. (Neither can I, I know, but I'm working on that.)

--

Quiz.

BeliefNet's Belief-o-Matic Survey

Results )

The results were pretty much exactly what I anticipated, although I was surprised with how high Mormonism was on the list.
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Today was a library day.

Thankfully, I got most of the books I wanted. Although The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong was not there (I wanted to read it partly because of [livejournal.com profile] miriammoules' recommendation: thanks!), I did get the following: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Kingston by Starlight by Christopher John Farley, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, and Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.

I started reading The Handmaid's Tale and Kingston by Starlight a few moments ago and, so far, they are very good. I am thinking I will like my introduction to Atwood, and the language in Kingston is just so rich, and the prose is just so flowy. The prose is actually something I'd want to write! I adore flowy prose, so I'm sure I'll love Kingston for that reason.

And, of course, I have heard wonderful things about Atwood.

The other two nonfiction books I checked out... well, let's just say I am probably one of the last people on the planet to read them, just judging by my trawling through [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge because I am bored out of my skull and procrastinating on my novel.

Speaking of which.

35K, you are mine. Tomorrow.

Friends: please kick me if I don't get it by tomorrow? *grins*

Okay. Now I'm off to read for a bit!

Oh, and because I'm bored and I want to know a bit more about you all, I'm snatching something from [livejournal.com profile] technophile's journal, just because I loved the question:

What sort of God do you/would you believe in? Don't just say "Christian God" or "Muslim God" or whatever. Be specific. Even if you're an atheist, disregard that for a moment. Just, what god would you want to believe in (or think would actually exist IRL)?

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