Monday, December 20, 2010

God's Quality Control 3.12

Here I continue my review of the discussion guide published by the Prestonwood Christian Academy as a companion to the Hitchens-Dembski debate on November 18, 2010. The honorary author of this section of the guide will be Jenny Brady, Prestonwood's Director of Diversity. I invite you to share this video with Ms Brady on behalf of all those kids who are being deliberately misled for the sake of filling Ms Brady's pockets. Join me in making these people aware that their predations on children are not going unnoticed.
  • p.20 "If a person believes that mankind is created by and in the image of an eternal God, then the idea of an afterlife is consistent with that origin." If a person believes that Captain Kirk is a real person, then the idea of dilithium crystals is consistent with that delusion. But if a person believes that Ben Kenobi is a real person, then the idea of "The Force" is consistent with that delusion. Where do you guys come up with the rules for your fiction? What facts have you ever observed that would lead you to believe that there is some connection between humans being created and humans having an eternal soul? What intuition leads you in that direction? If I recall my Tolkien properly, Hobbits are created beings too, but there is no afterlife for them. Really, on what do you base these wild claims?
  • p.20 "[I]f a person believes that the Universe is the eternal creative force for humanity..." Ok, I know that Ms Brady means, "If a person believes that there is no supernatural," but how do I know that? By long experience with deciphering superstitionist drivel. Can you guys not translate your thoughts into meaningful language? A naif reading the phrase, "eternal creative force for humanity," could not possibly understand what you mean.
  • p.20 "[W]hat happens when you die is really unsettled territory." Fair enough, but your superstitions contribute absolutely nothing to the question.
  • p.20 "What we do here and now matters." Wow, we agree on something. What we don't agree on is the reasons that this life matters. You say that it's because of some sick, base reward / punishment mechanism. I say that it's because this is all we have.
  • This is the, "You've Got to be Kidding Me!" section of today's video.
    • p.20 C.S. Lewis again: "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." You have got to be kidding me. Once again, an uninformed, baseless claim made with no supporting arguments whatsoever, not to mention the unwarranted assumption that the terms "this world" and "another world" have any non-fictional meaning.
    • p.20 "Many people would say that they believe that there is an afterlife – evidence, again, for the existence of a God." You have got to be kidding me. Who wrote this guide, really? I seriously would not be surprised at all to find that it was one of their students, in fact, a student who isn't doing very well in composition class.
    • p.20 "The concept of justice also points to eternity and God." You've got to be kidding me.
  • p.20 "Having an Ultimate Judge is a satisfying concept for many...the cards won’t be stacked in favor of those with more money or power." I wonder what your "ultimate judge" will have to say to the moneyed and powerful leadership of your moneyed and powerful so-called academy / megachurch complex.
  • p.20 Ms Brady quotes Charles Spurgeon: "If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for." For starters, I've never known any superstitionist who even attempts to fake this noble sentiment. Rather, they usually get frustrated and give up as soon as they see that their victim has a working brain. Further, you guys wouldn't have to exert yourselves nearly so much if you'd just stop lying. Tell the truth for a change; it's far less effort, and you'd be surprised at how many asuperstitionists love truth and hate lies.
  • p.20 "God describes [itself] as patient, not wanting anyone to perish." I could describe myself as a water buffalo. What does self-description matter if it's obviously untrue? If Yahweh doesn't want anyone to perish, then why does it make it utterly impossible to understand what it wants from even its most devoted followers? Why is it that there are millions upon millions of dedicated, sincere truth-seekers who all end up in different religions, all of which disagree on issues that really matter, and all of which claim to be the exclusive possessors of truth? Don't kid yourselves, people. Yahweh intends to burn everyone.
That's 3.12. Thanks for watching.

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