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THREE THINGS YOUR (GAY) CHRISTIAN KID NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU

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Excerpts from The Devil’s Dictionary

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta consists of a few select entries from The Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce: Evangelist: A bearer of good tidings, particularly such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbours. Infidel: In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who

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Robert A. Baker on Being ‘Pre-prayered’

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “What happens when the same number of people pray for something as pray against it? How does God decide whose prayer to answer?…This spring when a small Kentucky town won the State High School Girl’s Basketball crown, the town’s newspaper, as well as the largest newspaper in Kentucky, gave credit for

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God’s Omniscience: Religion’s Ultimate Cop-Out

“It doesn’t matter what the particular problem is for a person’s faith. Having an omniscient God concept solves it. It could be the intractable and unanswerable problem of ubiquitous suffering; or how a man could be 100% God and 100% man without anything leftover, or left out; or how the death of a man on a cross saves us from sins; or why God’s failure to better communicate led to massive bloodshed between Christians themselves. It just doesn’t matter. God is omniscient. He knows why. He knows best. Therefore punting to God’s omniscience makes faith pretty much unfalsifiable, which allows believers to disregard what reason tells them by ignoring the probabilities.” (link)

Behind Closed Doors

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “Christian Fundamentalism: The doctrine (in part) that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe-spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life.” -Anonymous Related articles Dr. Marlene Winell – Religious Trauma Syndrome (meandersfit.com) Do You Close Your Bedroom Door at Night? (casasugar.com)

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Peter A. Angeles on Creation Ex Nihilo

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta:

“What was God doing…for an eternity…before He created the universe ex nihilo? God existed by Himself through an eternity…without needing a universe. Why did He suddenly desire to create the universe?”

Peter A. Angeles, American philosophy professor

 

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Paula Kirby on Knowing God

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Knowing what kind of god someone believes in tells us a great deal about that person – but nothing whatsoever about the truth or otherwise of the existence of any god at all. (link)

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Is Harold Camping a Christian Stereotype?

Harold Camping in 2008

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On Saturday (one day after Harold Camping’s predicted Day of Judgment) one of my Facebook friends posted the following status update:

The world didn’t end. I never thought it would. Remember not to stereotype Christians for this. Most of us are sane and normal.

On the one hand many Christians ostensibly want to distance themselves from the doomsday speak of Harold Camping because it is pure bat-shit lunacy, yet their faith presupposes that Judgment Day will be upon us some day, so why is it considered insane for someone to believe that said Judgment Day is imminent? Is it just because he pin-pointed Judgment Day it to a specific date that Harold Camping is a misrepresentation of the Christian faith? Is it truly accurate on this basis to categorize Harold Camping as a negative stereotype for believers? A survey conducted by Pew Research last year clearly suggests otherwise.

In its survey, Pew found that by the year 2050, 41% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ definitely (23%) or probably (18%) will have returned to earth. (Not 41% of Christians; 41% of all Americans!) Amongst white Evangelical Christians that 41% figure jumps to 58%, and lest Catholics be tempted to boast of their rational immunity to such fundamentalist views, you can see below that nearly one out of three Catholics shares the same view as their Evangelical counterparts.

What Camping predicted would happen on 5/21/2011 most Protestant Christians believe will happen sometime by the year 2050. So no, Harold Camping is not a negative stereotype of Christianity. To the contrary he’s a prototype for its mainstream faith-based and revelation-derived truth claims.

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They forgot the very first failed Christian end-times prediction: ca. 1st century CE (i.e., the original prophecies of Jesus and the apostles). For more, read here.

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Atheist Fools

Sarah Palin addressing the Republican National...

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More than 2,000 years ago, whoever wrote Psalm 14 claimed that atheists were foolish and corrupt, incapable of doing any good. These put-downs have had sticking power. Negative stereotypes of atheists are alive and well. Yet like all stereotypes, they aren’t true — and perhaps they tell us more about those who harbor them than those who are maligned by them. So when the likes of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly and Newt Gingrich engage in the politics of division and destruction by maligning atheists, they do so in disregard of reality.  (link)