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I have a couple of questions. Firstly, I go to college abroad, and have there accumulated nearly 500 books, and counting - I will be back in college dorms next year and thus cannot bring in new furniture (fire hazard and all that jazz) - what is the best way to store the books that I can't get on the small shelf-space I will be provided with (that is going to be the majority), so that they aren't damaged, but are still easy to use?
Genesis Chapter 43
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1 And the famine was sore in the land.
2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.
3 And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
5 But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
7 And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
8 And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:
10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
11 And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:
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Hey /lit/, I no longer believe that the common atheistic perspective on life is complete. I think there is something more to the universe that may not be able to be explained scientifically. I can't can't fathom how self-consciousness and the experience of life could be explained scientifically. Even if biology and neuroscience could give a complete description of how thought and human behavior works, I don't think it'd be able to explain why there's an odd supernatural entity for every person that perceives what their body perceives.
Anyways, I want to study various religions and how they developed over time. Even though I doubt that any modern religion is entirely correct, I think there are wisps and threads of truth to them. However, the problem with studying religions is that in order to understand many of the popular monotheistic religions today, I would have to take a leap of faith and just assume that there is one god. For example, the reason why god hates homosexuals in many Abrahamic religions, is because it's an insult to his creation, and I can't make sense of that logically without assuming that god exists.
Also, polytheistic religions are far more rare in today's society than monotheistic ones. Is this for historical reasons, or is monotheism just more logically sound than polytheism, and if so why?