Tag: God

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)

A. J. Ayer on the G-Word

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “The ‘person’ who is supposed to control the empirical world [but] is not himself located in it…is not an intelligible notion at all. We may have a word which is used [God], as if it named this ‘person,’ but…it cannot be said to symbolize anything…The mere existence of the noun is

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Divine Guidance

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Today’s Our Periodic Pasta:

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

Susan B. Anthony

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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Deepak Chopra: Master Purveyor of Bafflegab

Deepak Chopra in November 2006, speaking at Yahoo.

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PZ Myers:

That long-winded charlatan, Deepak Chopra, has scribbled up a whiny criticism of Hitchens’ address in absentia to the American Atheists. Hitchens wrote a wonderful, brave, and inspiring exposition on his mortality, and urged everyone to keep up the gallant fight; Chopra carps and squirms, trying to find an excuse to reject Hitchens’ argument. He fails pathetically…(link)

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Divine Funnel Clouds

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“And there went forth a wind from the Lord”: thoughts on God and undesirable weather.