March 31st, 2007

Is Christian Peanut Butter Crunchy Or Smooth?

Peanut Butter, The Atheist's Nightmare!
I had to post this, I couldn't help myself. You just have to watch it - that's all I'm saying.

A lot of folks are posting this video and adding bits of fodder to the creationist's argument against evolution, which is fine and even damned entertaining. This is circulating on the heels of Bill Donohue's latest crusade purporting Christian/Catholic persecution (I just made myself lol on that one) in the form of an artist's rendering of a chocolate Jesus. I wonder if you stick a spear in his side if he bleeds raspberry goo... mmmm... raspberry goo... *dreamy look* Anyway, you can enjoy him getting PWNED by comedian Louis C.K. here.

According to a Newsweek Poll, 91 percent of American adults surveyed believe in God—and nearly half reject the theory of evolution. Which is fine, because most people are unquestioning sheep with Kool-Aid moustaches, baying about one thing or another that they have never even investigated, let alone seriously questioned. Who am I or anyone else to suggest that people have no right to remain adverse to philosophy or secular academia? Besides, let's not confuse something being common with being 'normal' - heterosexuality is a perfect example for this.

Richard Dawkins (YouTube page), science professor and author of The God Delusion asserts that belief in god is irrational and inflicts great harm upon societies (see second video at right)
Jeremy Paxman interviews Professor Dawkins
which supposes many of the same arguments as Sam Harris and others before him - that not only is the probability for the existence of God an extreme unliklihood, but that it is dangerous and destructive idealism that invariably leads to mass hysteria, global atrocity, and a means of justifying these issues as well as scores of other ones. He argues not a case for atheism, but rather to defend atheists in this video clip. Teller (of Penn & Teller) said, "If a god existed, this video would make him wish he were dead." Also, the song used in this video is track 3 of the soundtrack to the film "The God Who Wasn't There", available for download here.

My sister recently asked me to give faith a try, proposing that I choose to believe for a few months and see if anything changed in my life due to the Lord's intervention. I told her that the only way this would be possible if I were game (which I am not) would be if this were a quid pro quo arrangement, wherein she would be required to renounce God as farce to everyone she knows and live accordingly for the duration of the time. It was dismissed as ignorance, not even a hint of "Okay, I get it, nevermind". I just laughed and shook my head. When asked why I didn't believe, I cited logic as my primary reason. When asked the same question conversely, she explained that she would feel so sad and lonely without God in her life. I didn't bite that hook at all.

Not more than a few months ago, I asked those readers of this blog who are faithful to explain to me why they chose to believe and to define a reason or reasons for that faith. I got some interesting and illuminating answers. There is a wealth of information in the philosophy section of any bookstore or public library if you are questioning religion, and even if you are not questioning it might serve to reaffirm your faith.

I've given up on the notion that one day someone was going to successfully and credibly explain how faith was more than mere self delusion to me, it is far better I reserve my right to agree to disagree and do so as respectfully as is required of the situation.