Ask me anything
“Maybe gay?” | Gay? Oh I don’t know man, the Episcopalians already have gay bishops and look where it lead them..? But maybe they should’ve elected a gay Archbishop first, and then try to influence England, before the Roman See can follow behind them….
But basically my main point is, a church is a church, Catholicism is Catholicism. If you’re trying to force Roman Catholicism to “reform” (/convert) into Agnosticism, aren’t you denying the right of Roman Catholics to be Roman Catholics?
“But Catholics are denying my right to be gay!” | Are you sure about that? There are plenty of Christian denominations nowadays that are Open and Affirming towards gays; you don’t have to be a Roman Catholic, y’know….
Yes, no global religion can any longer deny the existence of homosexuality. But no homosexual can any longer deny the existence of organized religion either.
After all it’s all just culture, really. #eh
A Manifesto for Atheists - Ten Virtues for the Modern Age:
1. Resilience. Keeping going even when things are looking dark; accepting that reversals are normal; remembering that human nature is, in the end, tough. Not frightening others with your fears.
2. Empathy. The capacity to connect imaginatively with the sufferings and unique experiences of another person. The courage to become someone else and look back at yourself with honesty.
3. Patience. We lose our temper because we believe that things should be perfect. We’ve grown so good in some areas (putting men on the moon etc.), we’re ever less able to deal with things that still insist on going wrong; like traffic, government, other people… We should grow calmer and more forgiving by getting more realistic about how things actually tend to go.
4. Sacrifice. We’re hardwired to seek our own advantage but also have a miraculous ability, very occasionally, to forego our own satisfactions in the name of someone or something else. We won’t ever manage to raise a family, love someone else or save the planet if we don’t keep up with the art of sacrifice.
5. Politeness. Politeness has a bad name. We often assume it’s about being ‘fake’ (which is meant to be bad) as opposed to ‘really ourselves’ (which is meant to be good). However, given what we’re really like deep down, we should spare others too much exposure to our deeper selves. We need to learn manners, which aren’t evil - they are the necessary internal rules of civilisation. Politeness is very linked to tolerance, the capacity to live alongside people whom one will never agree with, but at the same time, can’t avoid.
6. Humour. Seeing the funny sides of situations and of oneself doesn’t sound very serious, but it is integral to wisdom, because it’s a sign that one is able to put a benevolent finger on the gap between what we want to happen and what life can actually provide; what we dream of being and what we actually are, what we hope other people will be like and what they are actually like. Like anger, humour springs from disappointment, but it’s disappointment optimally channelled. It’s one of the best things we can do with our sadness.
7. Self-awareness. To know oneself is to try not to blame others for one’s troubles and moods; to have a sense of what’s going on inside oneself, and what actually belongs to the world.
8. Forgiveness. Forgiveness means a long memory of all the times when we wouldn’t have got through life without someone cutting us some slack. It’s recognising that living with others isn’t possible without excusing errors.
9. Hope. The way the world is now is only a pale shadow of what it could one day be. We’re still only at the beginning of history. As you get older, despair becomes far easier, almost reflex (whereas in adolescence, it was still cool and adventurous). Pessimism isn’t necessarily deep, nor optimism shallow.
10. Confidence. The greatest projects and schemes die for no grander reasons than that we don’t dare. Confidence isn’t arrogance, it’s based on a constant awareness of how short life is and how little we ultimately lose from risking everything.”
Mom doesn’t like having her beliefs challenged… One might argue that it’s because she has much faith, but I would rather argue that rather she has not enough. Maybe. As if she doesn’t belief the Existence and Glory of God can stand up to mere human-level scientific inquiry.
Limited-scope philosophical gymnastics can (somewhat) “logically” establish the un-existence of a Supreme Ruler Being, and there are many well-”established” ideologies to those effects, but these arguments depend on some generally limiting assumptions.
So does theism as an ideology of course, but still…
I personally do not think that Science and Christianity is incompatible. Not at all. Science and Spirituality, to be even more specific & broad. God gave Humanity the Blessing of Reason, and I still consider it a Sin to not fully carry through Reason with full honesty for God’s glory. Not just because of what is currently written in contemporary translations of the “traditional” Christian Bible, but because I feel that Science is God’s Gift; one of God’s many gifts.
…but as for “fundamentalist conservative Christianity” vis-a-vis “Anti-establishment, anti-religious, scientific fandom”?
That’s a whole ‘nother ball game, pardner :))
Originally posted at Sok Kristen Blog
God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist.
I honor my tradition.
I walk through my tradition.
But I don’t believe my tradition defines God.
It only points me to God.
- Bishop John Shelby Spong
So let us fight hate with hate; let us treat all lines of thought we find disagreeable with venomous contempt. For everything we do not understand or find to be stupid or idiotic has absolutely lead to evil and has—and will continue to—hurt us.
Wonderful little world we’ve constructed for ourselves, isn’t it? [/sarcasm] [/shit]
For even a biomolecullar Nobel laureate to speak of Intelligent Design on behalf of God, is like for a kindergarten kid to speak on Quantum Mechanics on behalf of Einstein and Bohr.
I may be oversimplifying, though.
…and the Kid might be oversimplifying by calling it Quantum Mechanics.
Says a certain someone at Google+:
Baiting the bible thumpers.
(As has been oft repeated at Reddit, 4chan, 9gag, Cheezburgers ‘prolly and a gazzilion other websites throughout the ‘Net by now…)
But like, why only Bible thumpers?
Why not Qur’an thumpers or Torah thumpers or Baha’i thumpers or any of the other monotheistic texts? Or the Veda or the Book of the Dead or does polytheism don’t count here?
Could it be that you’re a (gasp!) Closet Christian?
Anyways I’m off to have a sammich now.