Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

“Christopher Hitchens —the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant—died yesterday at the age of 62. Love him or hate him, if you were ever on a stage or a television across from him about to engage in a debate, you should have thought about putting on a propeller hat then shitting in your hand to save yourself from the real embarrassment.”

Hitchens on FOX “News” Hannity & Colmes absolutely annihilating everyone:

Hitchens shits on biblical miracle claims…by quoting the Bible:

Hitchens deconstructing Jesus:

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Why I’m a good Christian
By Ricky Gervais

The title of this one is a little misleading, or at least cryptic. I am of course not a good Christian in the sense that I believe that Jesus was half man, half God, but I do believe I am a good Christian compared to a lot of Christians.

It’s not that I don’t believe that the teachings of Jesus wouldn’t make this a better world if they were followed. It’s just that they are rarely followed.

Gandhi summed it up really. He said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

I have always felt this way, even when I believed in God, and in a weird way I feel I am still a pretty good “Christian” who doesn’t believe in God.

So many Christians think that because they believe in the right God, they are automatically good and have a one-way ticket to everlasting life. Dare I say it but I suspect this is their main reason for believing. I’ve heard so many “believers” say, “Well, since there is no way of being sure whether there is a God or not, it’s better to believe in God than not, because that way, if you’re wrong it doesn’t matter and if you’re right you get everlasting life.” Win:win.

This is of course Pascal’s Wager, which assumes that God if he exists would reward blind faith above logic and living a good life as an atheist.

To the Christians’ God by the way, it’s just as bad to believe in the wrong God as no God at all. The idea of other Gods is of course ridiculous to Christians. Supernatural poppycock. As if there was ever a Zeus; stupid, ancient, unenlightened superstition. And even if there are other Gods (which of course there aren’t) then the Christians’ God is the best. Hardest, smartest… just better. He would laugh at Zeus and call him a Greek bender. (I doubt that God is racist and homophobic but the Bible isn’t clear. Some bits go on about love and equality and others say you shouldn’t trust certain types and that laying down with a man as you would with a woman is punishable by death and is a bit sick and evil.)

So remember. If you are gay you are “Bumming for Satan” basically. (That would make quite a good T-shirt.)

Jesus was a man. (And if you forget all that rubbish about being half God, and believe the non-supernatural acts accredited to him, he was a man whose wise words many other men would still follow.) His message was usually one of forgiveness and kindness. These are wonderful virtues but I have seen them discarded by many so-called God-fearers when it suits them. They cherry pick from their “rulebook” basically. I have seen such cruelty and prejudice performed in the name of Christianity (and many other religions for that matter) that it makes me wonder if there has been a bit too much selective reading and reinterpretation of the doctrines.

God or not, if I could change one thing for a better world, it would be for all mankind to adhere to this little gem: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” I assure you, no more stones would ever be thrown.

So maybe we should go back to basics to find out where it all got confused.

1. Draw a big circle on a piece of paper. A visual representation can be useful in trying to emphasize a point.
2. Say patronizing things like “do you consider yourself open-minded? I have never heard of a closed-minded atheist.”
3. Ask the question: Is it possible God could live outside your circle of knowledge?
4. No. Just because our human knowledge is incomplete, it does not mean we should infer that there is a God. Logic, reason and science should come first.
5. Carry on then.

Comedian Dave Sirus as reporter Brick Stone turns the tables on hateful Westborough Baptist Church protesters by harassing them for a change.

I recently watched the brilliant BBC doc series The Secret Life of Chaos. “Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia – how did we get here? In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science – how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder? The natural world is full of awe-inspiring examples of the way nature transforms simplicity into complexity. From trees to clouds to humans – after watching this film you’ll never be able to look at the world in the same way again. Science has finally superseded religion and philosophy in attempts to explain our existence.”

BBC – The Secret Life of Chaos (Parts 1-6)

Link to Albert Einstein’s view on Religion and Science.

“Faith is a necessary fraud at best.” ~Charles Churchill (1731-1764), poet and satirist

“If God exists I hope he has a good excuse.” ~Woody Allen

“The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.” ~Thomas Paine

“I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.” ~Douglas Adams

“Atheists will celebrate life, while you’re in church celebrating death.” ~Unknown

“Too Stupid To Understand Science? Try Religion.” ~T-shirt from

Eskimo: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” Priest: “No, not if you did not know.” Eskimo: “Then why did you tell me?” ~Annie Dillard, ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek’

“I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.” ~Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

“You Keep Believing, I’ll Keep Evolving.” ~Bumper sticker

“What a human conceit to think we might comprehend God.” ~David Hewrist

“God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them.” ~John Stuart Mill

“All You Need Is Love!” ~Lennon/McCartney

HBO comedian Bill Maher’s documentary Religulous is a hilariously critical take on the subject of religious belief and its place in the modern world.

First, you have to understand the Big Bang Theory. No, not the sitcom about nerds. Brace yourself. The origin of the universe or as Georges Lemaître called it “the hypothesis of the primeval atom.” According to the Big Bang model, the Universe expanded from an extremely dense and hot state and continues to expand today. A common analogy explains that space itself is expanding, carrying galaxies with it, like raisins in a rising loaf of bread. So, our universe, in the beginning of the beginning, was a singularity. Nothingness. Singularities are beyond our current understanding of physics, and are said to be infinitely small, infinitely hot and infinitely dense points in space-time. That’s what is believed to be in the centre of a Black Hole. So, everything exploded out of this “singularity” right? Well, it didn’t really explode, as the name suggest. It just expanded. Try to image a tiny speck of sand on your fingertip. That is the singularity. Image it expanding, until it is a huge rock, millions of times the size of the original speck of sand. That is, in principal, what happened around 13.5 billion years ago. BANG! I’m sure you are thinking that’s all fine and dandy but where’s the proof? Well, we’re pretty sure that the universe has to have had a beginning. Galaxies seem to be moving away from us. This is proof that the universe is indeed still expanding. Also, background radiation, the harmless radiation that we are subjected to, is said to be the remnants of the radiation given off due to the Big Bang.

If I have lost you already don’t worry I am struggling to hold on myself. What about God? God can have his place in this theory. It’s really up to your own personal belief whether or not he fits in. Maybe he created the singularity. Or maybe he just sparked off the Big Bang itself. Or maybe he/she is Oprah Winfrey in disguise. You decide.

Leading physicists have presented a radical new theory on what may have happened before the Big Bang. In a nutshell they suggest that “the complexities of an inflating universe after a Big Bang are replaced by a universe that was already large. flat, and uniform with dark energy as the effect of the other universe constantly leaking gravity into our own and driving its acceleration. According to this theory, the Big Bang was not the beginning of time but the bridge to a past filled with endlessly repeating cycles of evolution, each accompanied by the creation of new matter and the formation of new galaxies, stars, and planets. With this theory, the nagging problems surrounding the Big Bang (beginning from what, and caused how?) are replaced by an eternal cosmic cycle where dark energy is no longer a mysterious unknown quantity, but rather the very extra gravitational force that drives the universe to universe interaction.” The gist: Basically, we could be living in an endless universe and the big bang is something that can keep happening again and again.
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Okay, I no longer wonder what happened before the Big Bang. My brain hurts and the Oprah Show starts in ten minutes. See religion does have its place. Whatever your opinion is you can’t argue that the sitcom version of the Big Bang Theory is way easier to follow.