January 21, 2014

Scientists Are “Tackling Mysteries One By One”

Posted in atheism, bible, critical thinking, film, history, mythology, philosophy of religion, science, science fiction at 2:51 pm by Jerry

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September 29, 2009

Stephen Fry on the “Divine Fire” and Human Imagination

Posted in art, atheism, church, culture, fiction, film, history, literature, mythology, religion, science fiction, scripture, theology at 1:34 pm by Jerry

I feel like I’ve been posting far too many youtubes on my blog, but I also feel that it would be wrong not to post them. Here, again, is another youtube, and it has made my copy of Shelley’s Frankenstein call out to me for another read. I can’t remember how many times I’ve read this favorite among favorites of mine because it’s been so long since I’ve touched it last. And I’m afraid it will be some time longer before I get to it again.

July 16, 2009

Teach Me To Be Open-Minded

Posted in atheism, film, religion, science, science fiction at 12:29 am by Jerry

May 15, 2009

Out of the Mouths of Babes…

Posted in film, science, science fiction, scripture, theology at 3:28 pm by Jerry

April 1, 2009

Foolish Writing

Posted in history, mythology, science fiction, scripture, theology at 11:31 am by Jerry

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If there should be a secular afterlife…

…among the many I would love to talk to, I would hope to talk to the authors who wrote a story (historical fiction) about a Jewish carpenter who lived 2000 years ago. But these authors who reconstructed the God-man Resurrection myth and inserted it into that Jewish carpenter (possibly a fictional character) story would, I suspect, have a line-up of people wanting to ask them all sorts of questions.

For instance, here’s a question that could be asked: “When you were imagining perspectives from a Creator God, who was to be understood as the pinnacle of intelligence and compassion, what were you drinking when you came up with this one…

Now I’m gonna let myself be sacrificed for myself

to overcome a rule I made thousands of years ago

for impressionable children born into an imperfect reality

who disappointed me by taking part in any kind of evil.

Overcoming this old rule of mine means

I can finally let myself let

all the impressionable children

live a better life in Paradise!

No! Wait! I’m not going to let all of them in!

Just those who love and worship a certain one of me –

the one that looks the least like me.

And three days after being sacrificed for myself,

I’ll spread the good news of my death and resurrection,

by showing my resurrected body

to all those who witnessed my death.

No! Wait! I’ll just show some.

They can pass it on.

And then, after I (somehow) fly

in the material heavens

out into some sort of non-material heaven,

my third self

will get those who love and worship a certain one of me

(the one that looks the least like me)

to teach others that I’m NOT going to let Satan

(the most evil being, ever)

be near any of my impressionable children

…someday.

And someday, after the deaths

of all who don’t love and worship a certain one of me

(the one who looks the least like me)

I will rid the earth of the knowledge of good and evil,

and its consequences – death,

and wisdom.

No longer will those who love and worship a certain one of me

(the one that looks the least like me)

have to use their own mind

to learn what is good for them.

After all, my creation of “Free Will” was

meant to eventually, free itself from the human conscience,

making my impressionable children obedient only to me,

just as I’m obedient only to me.

This eternal ending

will reveal me to be everyone’s greatest hero!

Well, except for those who didn’t recognize

the necessity to love and worship a certain one of me

(the one that looks the least like me)

no matter what.

Too bad this story wasn’t meant to be a comedy. You know, something a court jester would make up to entertain his King and Queen. But then again, a well written story isn’t always the best seller.