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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

FSM / Letter Against the Christians / Cyberspace Rendezvous / Bush as Bible

The Flying Spaghetti Monster. Love it, live it.

Bryan Caplan, a great market anarchist, also has some things to say about religion, in his "Letter Against the Christians". Some extracts :

Has Christianity elevated people's moral character? I see Christianity as a very negative force here (though like I said, this heavily depends on what is in fact moral). For example, I think that one of our highest duties is to believe what is true; and as a corrolary, we must be objective, intellectually honest, open-minded, and look for disconfirming as well as confirming evidence for our beliefs. And I will say that Christianity has been the major opponent of this virtue: even in today's "liberal" atmosphere, Christian religions inculcate irrationality, dogmatism, close-mindedness, and emotionalism.

In the long run, we aren't going to eliminate poverty by giving charity to people; we have to increase our total production. And this is another area where Christianity is, on the whole, a sinner. (...) Christianity focuses almost exclusively on redividing a fixed pie of wealth, never on producing more.

Graeco-Roman culture was much more tolerant than Christianity. They focused a lot more on economic growth and earthly progress. They usually believed in reason and science, even if some of their methods were poor. And they were far from amoral: such noted moralists as Aristotle, Epicurus, and Epictetus arose from classical civilization, and they were widely read, at least among the educated classes.

I have included Cyberspace Rendezvous on our list of links for a while. It is a pleasant blog, but for some reason his comments sections don't work. You can post comments but they never show up. Sometimes I disagree with things he says and can never comment. Isn't that awfully annoying ? I can't even email him to ask why. I'm thinking of taking the link down.

I know I'm really extending this mish-mash edition by adding a fourth point, but have you noticed Bush officials saying that what he said about reducing energy dependance was a "metaphor" ? What a wonderful example of the Christian worldview. To the Christian, nothing means what it says. And George Bush, after all, is the closest thing we have to Jesus.

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At 2/07/2006 9:46 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

"Christianity focuses almost exclusively on redividing a fixed pie of wealth, never on producing more."

I wish more American Christians were aware of how blatantly communist Christianity really is.

At 2/07/2006 4:01 PM, Blogger gonesavage declaimed...

I don't block *any* comments from actual people. I didn't even block this Christian's comment who basically said that if I'm wrong, I'll go to hell. I use approval methods only for spam, as in non-post-related advertising.

Other people have said that they don't see comments right away, so I'm thinking doing a post on the commenting process. The thing is is that comments don't get added until I log in, which depends on my schedule, which has filled up considerably since the semester started.

And, not sure whether it's important or not, but I'm a woman. I don't mind if people disagree with me as long as ideas, thoughts, knowledge, and reasonableness is exchanged. Of course, this might prohibit most discourse with fundamentalists :)

At 2/07/2006 4:57 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

You are indeed. Nice blog.

At 2/07/2006 5:50 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

Oh ok. So you have moderation on ? Because I've never seen any of my comments on there.

At 2/08/2006 1:27 AM, Blogger gonesavage declaimed...

This is the last comment I've received from you. The one before that is on this post. I checked back to January 19 but couldn't find any others. Also, tonight I tried to find a word verification setting on the software I use, but they didn't have it pre-installed, so I upped the spam plug-ins to ultra-high and turned off the approval setting. Things should be better now, I hope. When I have time tomorrow I'll look for a word verification plug-in.

At 2/08/2006 3:12 AM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

Oh I see. You're not "Ed", are you ?

At 2/08/2006 5:05 PM, Blogger gonesavage declaimed...

No, I'm not Ed. My name is Jenna.

At 2/08/2006 5:12 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

Jenna ? Hmmm. That sounds like a female name.

At 2/08/2006 11:46 PM, Blogger gonesavage declaimed...

The full name is Jennifer, but since everyone is called Jenny and Jen, I went for Jenna. It's Welsh/Celtic in origin, and means "white wave", "white spirit", whatever that means. Zachary linked to a recent picture in a previous comment, but I have a webcam too.

At 2/09/2006 1:44 AM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

A female atheist ? How is that possible ?

At 2/09/2006 10:31 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I think it has something to do with X chromosomes.



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