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Perfection

Okay, so you've got this god. He's the only god your tribe's allowed to worship. He's merciful, provided you say the right prayers, make the right offerings, possibly cut off or modify the correct body parts, eat the right food on the right days, and all that stuff. He'll love you and protect you, and your tribe will prosper, provided yada yada yada.

The problems really don't start until you start adding superlatives. And especially until you begin bandying the word "perfect" about.

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While I was otherwise engaged, Bob 'Plagiarist' Hutton managed to produce what, to me, seems one of his most obscene posts yet. He begins:

On December 7, 1941 the Japs bombed Pearl Harbour; this brought the Yanks into the 2nd World War and led to their president, F D Roosevelt, to declare that this date would live in infamy.

Let us skip lightly past the racism—mostly because Hutton probably doesn't even realise "Japs" is racist, and I've frankly given up trying to teach him how to become a decent human being—and read on, as I'm sure we're all wondering where the hell he's going with this…

However, this date had [sic] now been overtaken by March 29, 2014; why is this? Because on that day the Destruction of Marriage Act came into force and people involved in unnatural sexual relationships could legally call themselves married.

Yep, folks, you read that right. He really went and fuckin' did that thing you saw him do.

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Yep. Bob 'Plagiarist' Hutton is back.

I've decided to make a feature of this. Every post Bob puts up, I shall answer, take the piss out of, critique, fisk, or at the very least mention, and provide a link to. I have three reasons for doing this. Firstly, Bob's all too typical of his "stratum" (for want of a better word) of religious "thinking" (ditto), and so provides a window which, distasteful as it might occasionally be, we really should be wiping the grime off and peering through, now and again.

Secondly, he doesn't post too often (two or three a month, usually), so it's not likely to take this entire blog over.

Thirdly, Bob's "moderation" policy amounts to ignoring any comment, no matter how polite, which he doesn't want to address, or (I suspect) which might make him have to face an uncomfortable truth or two. So—and credit goes to Remigius, who put this thought out there—as a kind of service, I offer the comment-sections below my responses to his posts, where they most surely won't be magically disappeared.

A couple of guidelines. If you've left a comment on Bob's blog, feel free to copy it before submitting it there (or make use of this nifty Firefox add-on which saves your comment-form entries automatically), and then paste it into a comment under the relevant post, here. If you do so, please mark it clearly as a cross-post. And a caveat: Bob has certain politeness-standards. Don't be pasting stuff here and whinging that he disappeared your comment, if your comment was sprinkled with cuss-words etc. (I'm not sure, but I'd be willing to lay odds that Bob would moderate against such hideous crimes as "god" not being capitalised, even when not used as a proper noun. Better safe than sorry.)

Of course, if you want to just comment here, feel free to do that too.

And so, with the preamble over, let's take a look at Bob's latest. I'm feeling in a fisking mood; though some parts may be treated more seriously than others.

Take it away, Bob…

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Void

Imagine that you are alone in a void. You have always been alone in a void.

You've never experienced any sensory input which didn't arise from your own body.

There is no light—not a single photon—so you have never seen anything; even your own body. The very concept of sight is, therefore, completely alien to you (as is the concept "alien"). You might have noticed the movement of your eyes against your eyelids, but that's just an odd sensation arising from your own body; you have absolutely no reason to suspect that those twitchy bits can perform any useful function.

You've never felt anything external to yourself; there is nothing external to yourself. Not the wind, not the pull of gravity.

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Love

Pardon my intrusion,
S'cuse me if I seem rude;
But this god you're speaking of—
This perfect, loving dude…
Is he the one who drowned a world;
Who raped a virgin-bride?
The chap who killed the innocent,
For the Pharaoh's pride? (more…)

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I've mentioned this before, but I don't recall ever having given it a post of its own, and I want to expand on it, as I get the distinct feeling that when I've used it in debate, people have thought I'm putting some sort of human-made constriction on the universe. I'm not. The dichotomy I'm about to explain is real, and involves fundamental properties of two proposed universes, which are mutually exclusive. A universe which has either property cannot have the other, because the statement that one is possible contains a statement that the other isn't.

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Seeing as how inspiration seems lacking of late, here's a repost of one of me most favouritest of me pomes.

If you say there's no god, you're a fool;
You're ignoring our circular rule
That the Bible is certainly truth
And we know it contains its own proof
Because it's divinely inspired
And to doubt that's to call God a liar—
Which proves that the Bible is right
And Jehovah's the eternal light.
(Don't question, you'll only get dizzy;
Don't examine too close, then it's easy.)
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Mounting Cynicism

Blessed are the poor in spirit: For they are easy to persuade.

Blessed are they that mourn: For they are easy targets.

Blessed are the meek: For they are easy to order about.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: For they are easy to fool with platitudes and falsities.

Blessed are the merciful: For they will easily forgive our trespasses against them.

Blessed are the pure in heart: For they make good PR.

Blessed are the peacemakers: For they will seek to accommodate.

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Worthless

Hammer, meet Nail-Head. Nail-Head, meet Hammer. I'd say more, but I can't improve on perfection.
Daz


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