August 31, 2010

Loved these Questions about the Jesus Stories

Posted in history, literature, scripture at 5:24 am by Jerry

And no-one thought to write any of these down for at least 40 years after his death? And even then they could only find a handful of stories to record. And even then they had to model these on Old Testament narratives anyway, and not describe a life that was so awe-inspiring as it happened without resort to such literary clothing?

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August 20, 2010

Is Pining for the Supernatural both a Plus AND a Minus?

Posted in atheism, film, songs at 12:59 pm by Jerry

If I think the natural reality is not enough, if I put my greatest hopes into a supernatural reality that could very well be various figments of peoples’ imaginations, where am I getting the thoughts/feelings/energy to do this?

If the natural reality is a fact and supernatural realities are just fiction, is a supernaturalist stealing away some of their own effort from fully embracing/experiencing the factual reality in a way only they can?

Is that what happened to me when I was a christian?

I don’t know. But I do remember, when I acknowledged my lack of belief in God for the first time, it did seem like the natural world just got bigger.

August 16, 2010

Turning 40

Posted in film, friends at 1:24 pm by Jerry

A good friend of mine sent me this video because this November I will be able to say that I’ve seen this side of the sun 40 times. I love it. This comedian knows what he’s talking about.