23rd May 2012

“The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking.”

H.L. Mencken1880 – 1956

8 Responses to “23rd May 2012”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Suspension of one’s disbelief. Staring straight at facts about the reality of mankind and that is not going be enough to dissuade him in any way from the familiar comfortable narrative of his childhood, what with it’s ghost stories, battles, high drama, and tragedy.

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Prediction: “The Force” will become the leading religion on Earth followed by Scientology and Mormonism within 100 years.

    People will talk about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the past tense and with other fallen faiths.

  3. Jeff Says:

    Sorry, Sinjin, but I think you’re way too optimistic about the mythologizing of JC and Mohamed. JC’s PR department is still working off of the original viral campaign, and Mohamed’s learned from the same school. As to the Rabbi’s, they work the exclusivity angle. That shit just works too well to go down as quick as you postulate.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    I know Jeff I just thought it was a funny idea. Given the sudden demise of some faith, I don’t rule it out, but do find it unlikely.

    A :you know your getting old moment” when everything familar to you in your youth seeming to change or disappear.

  5. RJ Says:

    SINJIN………………………

    i dont completely agree with jeff, but i do think

    your predictions may be a little off,,,,,,,

    now this is ME saying this…..and i truly HATE

    almost everyone…….but the people who see value

    in scientology and mormonism ARE DOLTS !!!!!!

    both disciplines are built around concepts that are

    are so weak and shaky that , really, only the

    impaired (( varying degrees, of course )) can

    find solace in these messages. which forces me to

    admit that the religionistas can (( WILL )) see thru

    these ideas and, ultimately, reject them.

    still, your idea remains interesting in your choices

    for the direction of religion in the future.

    i would ask you thoughts on another topic……………………

    i would like to know what you think will be the

    impact of internet global communications on religion……….

    any and all areas you might care to address.

    i sort of daydream about it, but i think you’re

    a little more ” collected ” than i tend to be.

    (( remember the catterpiller in wizard of oz ???? )) OO-R-U ?

    no hurry….no worries……..just lay it out if you

    feel the urge……..OR if you wanna, send it on the email

    addy.

    R J

  6. reetBob Says:

    I was gonna reply, Sinjin, and say something about you underestimating the longevity of cultural, blah, blah, memes blah.

    Instead, see Jeff’s answer, far funnier.

  7. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    OK guys, ok I just thought about Jedi doorknockers, passing out pamphlets extolling the virtue of the Force. I thought everyone would see that too and laugh. I didn’t set it up well!

    R j I think the best accelerant to the demise of religion is knowledge and by knowledge I don’t necessarily mean science. I mean biblical knowledge. The more people know about the bible the better.

    There is an inverse relationship between biblical knowledge and religiosity that has been understood since the early 1970s when Gallup Polls first began to correlate a lack of biblical knowledge and more fervant religiosity. It became the pardox that would trouble ole Mr. Gallup for the rest of his days.

    Impact of Internet Global Communications? I think we are seeing its impact already and have for several years. The proliferation of groups like SNAP, the postings of the formerly more faithful with regard to clergy sexual abuse, and the source of anonymous debate coming from non-religious people are all impacting faith acrioss the globe.

    The Genie too is out of the bottle, there is no turning back. Technology has created a wholesale distribution of contradictory ideas and what was once casually dismissed (atheists) is a center for the attention of religious leaders everywhere.

    I don’t see more writing on atheism or attention to atheism by the church anywhere in history that matches what we have today.

    Now with Internet being rolled out to rural areas I think we can expect to see a tectonic shift in the religiosity of rurakl people: The last stronghold of the faithful.

    Reality is that most faithful among us are typically older, more likely rural, and lesser educated. As this changes the psychological underpinnings of faith are being dissolved.

    The movement to teach Creationism is clearly an attempt to dumb down the congregation, a thinly veiled attempt to keep stupidity within the congregation, but it is going to take a lot more than this.

    Knock, knock! Who’s there? The Jedi! Jedi who? The Jedi spreading the word about the Force!

  8. reetBob Says:

    “Jesus, I am your father”