I'd Accuse Any Others
This is a matter of considerable unimportance but, having just read the correspondence in which Mr Jarvis gently but pedantically corrects your presentation, I want at last to question you about something else he mentions which has intrigued me for many moons.
When you say you have read the Bible "cover to cover eleven [or twelve] times in a single sitting," do you actually mean you did nothing each time but read until you were done? If you were a theist I would accuse you of exaggeration, but since you're Cliff and I believe in your integrity and greatly admire all the work you put into PAM, I prefer to settle for the idea that you are a speed-reader the likes of which has never been seen before. Plus you must have had access to some extremely comfortable cushions.
From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Piles
Date: Friday, March 30, 2001 2:50 AM
Pedantic? Naw, it's all but a figure of speech, to me!
By "cover-to-cover in a single sitting," I mean that the book was with me on the bus and on the john until The City of Light floated off into The Final Frontier. It was the book I was reading at the time. I mean this as opposed to sitting in a chair and not even picking my nose until I was done. On two occasions, it was a cassette: one, a majestically read full version of the King James, and the other, a smarmy rendtion of the New International Version's New Testament (and I read the NIV's Hebrew Scriptures "by hand").
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