Revisiting old beliefs

[caption id="attachment_217" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Photo by shaycam"]Photo by shaycam[/caption] I've been moving house for the past few weeks, and part of that enormously intensive project is dealing with my collection of books. As many of you must also feel, I am emotionally connected to my books because I have memories, experiences, and much of my past life wrapped up in their pages. One of these volumes from my past is the only devotional I truly enjoyed as a Christian: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (1874-1917). I wasn't one for fill-in-the-blank Bible studies with banal questions and cookie-cutter insights. Chambers seemed challenging to me at the time because he wasn't part of the current generation; his thoughts (though nebulous at times and without organization) weren't bogged down by current culture and the trends of the most modern Christian movements. So, in a nostalgic tribute to this former chaplain and my former life, I'd like to quote two passages I used to agree with and now critique. (more…)



I just discovered a new-to-me atheist blog by a well-spoken man named Kevin. Please read his thoughts over at Memoirs of an ex-Christian and enjoy! One comment on this entry about Moses and the Torah stands out as a classic, priceless example of "spirit-filled" Christian rhetoric that you just have to see to believe (but if you believe it, you've got other issues). I've left it in all its caps lock glory, so please forgive me if you leave this blog with a migraine; but at least I've hidden it below the fold: (more…)


Joe the Plumber’s 15 minutes and 59 seconds

Joe (Samuel Wurzelbacher), please stop touring, writing, doing interviews, and basically ramming your bigoted, uneducated nonsense all over the media. I can't believe anyone gives this guy the time of day anymore, but at least it's fodder for serious *headdesk* and *facepalm* moments. Check out what he says to Christianity Today in one of their little "timely" interviews to appear current. Too bad their version of  "current" is months too late.

On gay marriage:

I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary—it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do—what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing. [emphasis added]
This whitewashed bigot really cracks me up. Read the two bold parts next to each other and explain to me how in the hell the actions in the latter fit the statement in the former. That's right; they don't. Typical. Oh, and note how his interviewer Pulliam just skips from topic to topic without challenging him on any of his poisonous ignorance. Perhaps the interview had to be edited to avoid "controversy" or perhaps she didn't find his drivel as offensive to the brain as most of the folks in the comments did. Or if we're lucky, perhaps she secretly wanted him to hang himself with his terrible views dangling out in public like that. That actually worked.

On politics:

...I think that all needs to be taken out of the federal level and give it back to the states. We've lost our American history. Every state has "In God we trust" or "With God's help" in their constitution. God is recognized as, if you will, America's religion.
JTP seems to love the new US motto "In God We Trust" which was adopted in 1956. I suppose he wouldn't support the historical motto, "E pluribus unum" ("from many, one") since he's all about the individual states and no central government to keep the unity for which we fought so hard in the Civil War. And I didn't even mention the Deist Founding Fathers (not Christian).
I like Sarah Palin a lot, actually. I just don't know if that's where God's leading her. I just know the Republican Party's done its best to blackball her. I don't know what her agenda is. If she ran, would I vote for her? Absolutely.
Meet the poster boy for voter ignorance. Follow JTP and you don't even have to know what the candidate plans or stands for! No critical thinking--as easy as American Pie!
When politicians start talking about being a Christian, I just worry, because a lot of them don't really follow through. I like to see real action in that area. ... I would love to hear our leaders actually check with God before he does stuff.
Wait, wait. He wants them to check with God before God does stuff? Don't move a finger, God! They need to check with you first! But seriously, I'd rather they check with reliable resources and use their reasoning skills, experience, and education before making decisions, thanks. Talking to their imaginary friends aren't what I call admirable qualities. I know, I know, it's a freethought daydream. Many of the comments are silly, hilarious, or simply bear repeating, so after the cut I'm going to quote some of my favorites. (more…)