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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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At 5/16/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I have a personal hypothesis about the psychology of Reformed Christianity. I don't know what the actual numbers are, but I wonder if converts make up a significantly larger percentage of Reformed churches compared to other Christian denominations. In other words, my guess is that Christians who are NOT Reformed are more likely to accept the religion of their parents, and Reformed Christians are more likely to have become so by leaving a different denomination or religion.

The other side of this hypothesis is that children of Reformed Christians are less likely to remain Reformed than the children of Christians from other denominations. My own personal interest in this hypothesis should be obvious.

I only have personal observations to go on, but I'm finding it hard to think of many Reformed Christians that weren't converted from another denomination or religion, or children of Reformed Chrisitans (such as myself) who have remained in Reformed Christianity.

Does anyone else have any thoughts?

At 5/16/2006 7:42 PM, Blogger Young Physicalist declaimed...

Did you know there is a campaign to get the Day of Reason installed in Canada? It's true!

Why didn't you mention this on Hellboundalleee or your Goose the Antithesis post on the Day of Reason? Canada needs a Day of Reason just as much as the USA!

At 5/16/2006 8:26 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Gah. I appreciate the sentiment, but it seems more depressing to assign reason to a single day.

At 5/17/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger Hellbound Alleee declaimed...

My feelings exactly, Zach. It squeems me (I made the word up) to assign a day where everyone is supposed to do or think certain things. Besides: we don't recognize the difference between, "Canada" and "the US," nor do I like the term "national." It doesn't make much sense for us to endorse a "national" day of anything.

Not that it's a terrible thing. It's clearly a response to the "national day of prayer." Since I'm not in a society goverened by George W, there's no "national" day of prayer in it to respond to.

At 5/17/2006 8:03 PM, Blogger TheJollyNihilist declaimed...

Ian McKellan, actor in the Da Vinci Code, had a brilliant observation on a morning talk show: If the film requires a "this is fiction" disclaimer, so should The Bible. Unabashed atheism on American TV - how refreshing!

McKellan is always good on Bill Maher's HBO show, as well. Quite articulate.

At 5/17/2006 9:20 PM, Blogger breakerslion declaimed...

"I read in the newspapers they are going to have 30 minutes of intellectual stuff on television every Monday from 7:30 to 8.... to educate America. They couldn’t educate America if they started at 6:30." - Groucho Marx, Boston Globe Jan 22, 1960

A Day of Reason? And then what? We can all go back to being idiots in a smug, self-satisfied way?

At 5/18/2006 7:54 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

What an awesome line by McKellan. What is it about the way British people talk about things that makes them seem so clever? I couldn't tell Richard Dawkins' writing style from anyone else's, but when I listen to him speak, I'm mesmerized. Is it just an American thing?

At 5/18/2006 7:35 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

1) I love nachos.

2) at lunch today I argued about anarchy with a friend. He said that he didnt think an anarchy is a good idea because he thinks it leaves room for a company to obtain too much power and make a monopoly and by tyrannical. So he thinks we need a government.

I then pointed out to him that his argument was self-defeating becuase he is proposing a tyrannical, monopolistic entity as the solution to his fear of the formation of a tyrannical, monopolistic entity.

LOL what a day.

At 5/23/2006 8:04 PM, Blogger Brucker declaimed...

1) Here in the U.S., Democrats and Republicans argue a lot over what the Founding Fathers really wanted out of the Constitution. The comment above reminds me of an online discussion I was having with a Libertarian on the matter of who has the better ideas, whatever the founding fathers may have wanted. He said that it makes no difference whether you choose a Republican or Democrat. Democrats want a big government and often openly say so. Republicans claim they want a small government, but paradoxically create beauraucracies to keep the government from growing too big.

I noted that with the struggle back and forth between the two parties, the one thing I really noticed about the Constitution is how difficult it makes it to get anything of substance done in the government. I said something like, "Maybe the Founding Fathers really wanted to create a system that was intentionally too messed up to allow the government work at all?" And in a way, that's libertarianism, isn't it?

2) Poo.



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