Wacky Christianity

From the IAmAnAtheist.com comment form:

Love your site, it’s nice to see a decent no nonsense approach to no nonsense. Although I give kudos to Mary, she hoe’s around, gets knocked up, talks utter crap as an excuse and starts all this son of God bollocks off (incidentally I’ve met a dude that thought he was the next son of God, two that thought they were God and heaps that thought thay were God’s gift and they were all mistaken/wasted/insane.

You’ve no doubt heard this saying, I found it on myspace somewhere and have it prominently on display at my house where everyone has to end up reading it eventually

The belief that a cosmic jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magic tree….

Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

That’s funny, but I wouldn’t treat it as anything as an anti-religious joke. You can describe pretty much any worldview in a way that makes it sound silly. In fact, Christians describe atheists in this way all the time.

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 7:48 am by ideclare · Permalink
In: Anti-religion

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  1. Written by Cam
    on February 10, 2011 at 6:44 am
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    That’s an interesting point about jokes! While I agree that such humour can make any worldview sound silly, I think they are useful in helping us examine the aspects of our beliefs that are perhaps the least immediately sensible.

    For example, religious folk often characterise the big bang theory as such: “in the beginning there was nothing. Then nothing exploded, creating the universe. Ha ha, how silly”.

    Of course, this is a complete misrepresentation of the current scientific understanding of the universe and its origins. No doubt, Christians would argue that “can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master” is also a misrepresentation. However, I would argue that there is a larger gap between common parodies of science and actual science, than there is between common parodies of religion and actual religion. Christians ARE supposed to symbolically eat God’s flesh and telepathically tell him they accept him as their master.

    The above parody of religion is phrased humourously, but it is not factually wrong (in the eyes of Christians). Whereas a parody of the big bang theory about there being nothing, which exploded, is factually wrong.

  2. Written by Cam
    on February 10, 2011 at 6:59 am
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    whoops, realised I contradicted myself there. and probably attacked a straw man, but I haven’t heard too many parodies of scientific origin theories. can’t find an edit button, though.

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