While I've read my Bible, one facet of religious debate I haven't followed deeply is that of Biblical historical accuracy. Which is something I need to rectify, as every brush with the topic suggests that the Bible and its believers often come up short in that department. Readeth thou more
Cue the Creationist / New Ager / other Believer:
"But scientists once thought that, and now they think this!"
Yes. scientists continually update their beliefs to fit the evidence; that's the whole point, the whole beauty of science.
While no scientist has ever had trouble thus refuting the silly complaint above, I really like this quote from economist John Maynard Keynes, responding to an accuser charging him of inconsistency: Readeth thou more
This came via an email making the forwarding rounds; I don't know the original source. Might not even be new.
Religion is like a penis.
It's fine to have one.
It's fine to be proud of it.
But please don't whip it out in public and start waving it around.
And PLEASE don't try to shove it down my children's throats.
Well. That certainly is some rather direct imagery. But I sure can't argue with the sentiment! Readeth thou more
From a card mailed to PostSecret:
I fear those left behind after the rapture will believe it was an alien abduction... instead of God taking His children home to Heaven.
How interesting, Believer. I fear that you're looking for a magic man in the sky where there is none.
And I fear that you're not going to honestly admit that your Rapture just ain't happening. Readeth thou more
In an AP story about bin Laden's email habits, a commenter named Jeremy adds:
Dear Westboro Baptist Church:
We have a funeral for you to protest. It's somewhere in the middle of the northern Arabian Sea. We would be more than happy to help you pack, fly you there, and drop you off.
Amen! Readeth thou more
Although I love my fantastic fiction as well as the next geek, I'm not that well-versed in the swords-and-sorcery fantasy genre. Other than Tolkien, my experience with fantasy series consists of all 13 (to date) books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and, just recently, the first book of George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. Readeth thou more
The Vatican's Father Gabriele Amorth thinks The Exorcist faithfully represents his job as the Pope's right-hand dispeller of demons (both the serpent kind and the scorpion kind!). In the US, where an astounding 40% of the population is said to firmly believe in angels and devils, Father Gary Thomas would steer you to The Rite to learn more of his 9-to-5. Readeth thou more