I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. – M. Cole
It does come down to “My imaginary god is the right one. No, mine is! Your holy book is contradictory. No, yours is.”
The blog is a great example of how theists use the same arguments and utterly ignore that they are attacking the same arguments they use when presented by an opposing theist.
Now, to get that taste out of your virtual mouth, here’s a great interview between Mike Shermer and Phil Zuckerman about Phil’s new book, What It Means to Be Moral: Why Religion is not necessary for living an ethical life.
It seems like Mr. Rogers isn’t coming back, though I do hope that isn’t the case. This is unsuprising. The usual scenario is that the TrueChristiantm will convince himself that I didn’t “really” want to discuss Christianity and he’ll tell himself that I wasn’t honest. That’s a real two-fer in lying.
First a cute picture of my one cat, Mordred. You’d never be able to force him to sit so pretty in my beer photography box but here he is, sitting there on his own.
Mohammed supposedly liked cats. A legend speaks about his cat Muezza. I will have to say, I always have an irrational soft spot for anyone who likes cats. Vladimir Putin likes snow leopards. 🙂
I thought I’d address just how another religion could make an interesting mini-series with the nonsense found with in its holy book. Islam has some similarities to Christianity and Judaism, claiming to be worshipping the same god, accepting some of what the other two claim but it does differ. Here’s a link to translations of the qu’ran.
All postulate a rather bizarre opponent for their god. In Islam, we have the devil/Satan in the guise of Iblis/Shaitan. Now, for enitites that supposedly know that this god is omnieverything, they certainly make some rather ridiculous decisions. Yep, let’s go against something we know we can’t beat. A human emotion to be sure, since us humans are stubborn creatures, sure that our luck will get us through. We all have doubts about how powerful something really is, but these angels supposedly knew better. It sounds rather like the Israelites in the exodus,who supposedly saw this god do all sorts of magical things but still bitched about the quail and manna. As usual, this god is a snotty thing and just says “I know better than you” when it comes to answering the valid question of the angels e.g. why the heck are you placing a flawed being in charge of earth when you got all of us? Of course, just like in the bible creation story, we see that this god screws up.
Noah has arguments with the folks that live on the earth with him prior to the flood. He claims to be warning them but it’s rather hard for anyone to believe someone who can’t show that a god exists, much less that he can talk to it. Even Noah’s son disbelieved Noah. It does have Noah saying that if this god wants to kill you and not bother with showing he exists, that’s okay.
We also have the same Sodom and Gomorrah. That’s another great one to have, showing how a father has no problem in offering his children to a rapacious crowd to protect two supposed angels. He’s not told he shouldn’t do that, and to add insult to injury, the angels say “leave your wife here to die.” Lot’s wife isn’t turned to salt in this one. I will have to say, at least the bible is easier to read than the qu’ran. No wonder it needs the hadith so badly.
The Islamic Abraham is at least more honest than the bible one. IA is “hey kid, you’re going to be sacrificed” (assumed it is Ishmael, but no name given) whilst BA is “let’s go for a walk.” (Issac in this) Both should be great to see on screen, a father willing to do *anything* he’s told, including murder his child. And a omnipotent god needing to test anyone? Not so omniscient is he?
Solomon chats with ants and birds and it’s acknowledged that there is magic that can be confused with a god’s actions. (Sura 27). Solomon also gets upset with a hoopoe for being absent. The hoopoe was out spying on the Queen of Sheba.
Unsuprisingly, the qu’ran is just as rife with contradictions as the bible. And often has the same problems. There are a few sites out there (answering islam, being one of them) who are Christians who are so smug about how they’ve found so much wrong with the qu’ran; nothing like watching the pot call the kettle black.