7th November 2008

“So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.”

Bertrand Russell1872 – 1970

6 Responses to “7th November 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    But many in praise of a persons level of credulity. This is NOT a coincidence. I’m curious why, when almighty God dictated the bible, he did not see fit to clue us in the the germ theory of disease. Just the recipe for soap would have been a nice gesture toward the people he supposedly loves.

  2. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    To think that the Gospels contain no praise of intelligence is to prove one has not read them. To think that intelligence can only be described as modern, scientific knowledge (i.e., the germ theory of disease) is just plain dumb. God did not create automatons (nor did he/she/it/? “dictate” the Bible – setting up strawmen and then knocking them down is beneath your obvious intelligence), complete with all the knowlege they would ever need. He created living (physical) beings (spiritual) equiped with the intelligence and imagination to live and grow and discover and change. Atheists, too!

  3. Hypatia Says:

    Since you know the gospels so well Oxy, why not quote us a passage showing praise for intelligence? Personally, I think you’ll struggle to find one.

  4. Doc. Says:

    You’re arguing from separate paradigms, one being theistic and the other atheist, therefore evidence is taken differently and neither side can win unless they view from the other, the former being that if god created everything and all that jazz then it could all be considered praise for intelligence and intelligence itself, but the bible was written by man, and was not concerned particularly with intelligence but rather faith – then again for the latter it is about the nature and the totally of mankind and all purpose and it does not mention intelligence.. an interesting observation surely… In the end i think both sides should view from a more Socratic approach and first understand in-depth what intelligence itself.. etc – but to judge offhand and pretentiously like both sides always do, “I guess we understand then why the majority of Christians lack that which is not praised and replace it instead with ignorance or a gun”..

  5. Antitheist Says:

    I believe everything God does is intelligent! God did a great job hiding all those dinosaur bones for us to find. God gave us a free will so the state wouldn’t take all my money after I die. God created the lesser light in the night… God sucked me off last night and her name was Mindy! God is love!!!
    Otherwise, what would I scream out during such a heated moment?
    Oh God…
    Oh God…

  6. Terence Meaden Says:

    What Antitheist wrote reminds me of the following splendid story which is supposedly the answer to a question given in a University of Washington chemistry class.
    This answer by a student was thought to be so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues via the Internet.
    You do not need to be a scientist to enjoy it too.

    IS HELL EXOTHERMIC (gives off heat) OR ENDOTHERMIC (absorbs heat)?

    Most students wrote proofs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

    One, however, wrote the following:

    First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different Religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.
    Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

    This gives two possibilities:
    1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

    2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So which is it?

    If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you”, and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that—since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct…leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting “Oh my God.”

    This student, we are told, received an “A”.