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Sunday, 12 August 2007

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I agree with Phil Davis, you don't have to believe to be a good person. It's that you are that really matters. One should not be judged by one's beliefs, but by how he treats another.

Like so many "internet readers" I only have 2 minutes to read something. It was too long for the allowed 2 minutes. So I started from the bottom. So far my favorite is:

"Homeopathy: The astonishing, amazing, incredible practice of selling, for more than medicine costs, small amounts of water for use as medicine. "

Lovely... I need to drink my daily water now ;-)

Entertaining. It's refreshing to know that logic and rational thinking are still valued by some, and that a point of view can be presented in such a straightforward but yet not confrontational way. Bravo!

Hey Mike,

Happy to see the brief shout-out to Vlad the Impaler in this essay. Given the duties and responsibilities of your typical Medieval lord, I've always thought his nickname was very tightly "on message", as they say in the politics game. You know just where Vlad is coming from.

I have to go to work on this Our Lord's Day, and don't have the time to read this post (especially after reading Digital and Its Discontents above). So let me just say this, while I support and agree with much of what you say here, Mike, I'm appalled, taken aback and deeply insulted by the remainder...

I believe you wanted to say that birds are warm-blooded cousins of lizards, in your text.

Cheers,

Thanks alot Mike,now I've nothing to believe in!

Thanks Mike, I enjoyed that. Hope you find a publisher...

Very interesting sermon, indeed!
It could perhaps go even beyond by exploring what social function serves irrationality - eg burning the witches serve to focus the poor people's discontent (or, to avoid the traps of marxist ideology, to learn dialectical logic - with the help of King Arthur, of course), whereas Gods serve to bring a common moral to a society (and that might be the reason why Jesus is more remembered than his contemporary Brian).

Now THAT was a lot of fun to read. Although I am a Christian, I was pleased to read this great piece of thinking and writing. There was nothing offensive whatsoever in this piece. I was more "charged up" at the idea that what I've been doing for the past seven years shouldn't be called photography. I'd buy your book for ten bucks if you self-published it.

I always find it rather hypocrite of religious folk to be offended by those challenging their believes; their entire faith is based on telling people that if they do not follow the rules they will burn in hell or receive some other punishment.

And not only do they do this behind closed doors on Sunday mornings, they do so in public advertising and TV and radio broadcasts. Or, like Saturday afternoon, on my doorstep.

(Ever seen atheists starting a TV channel or going round people's doors?)

The only difference is that rational people don't get offended so easily, I guess.

Don't give up your dayblog.

You forgot to mention Yaweh's biggest sin in my opinion: humourlessness. I guess it comes with always being right.

Great essay and well worth the read.

How dare you question the existence of Santa. I'm surprised you didn't skewer the tooth fairy, too. You'd better hope Thor doesn't read this.

I think it's bad luck to be superstitious.

Personally, I'd prefer if GW took advice from a Ouija board over that of Dick "Go F- yourself" Cheney and Carl Rove.

I really shouldn't read your off-topic pieces at work as this had me laughing out loud a number of times. The bit on homeopathy was very to the point and was promptly sent to some of my more supernatural friends.

By the way: Thor was not the norse god of war, Tyr was. It's him Tuesday is named after. This is a very common misunderstanding though. With the thunder and the hammer and all, Thor seems a bit war-like, but he was the thunder god.

Mike - you could tie this to photography ... the mythical entity known as the "company insider" who posts to forums claiming to know what is working on. They feign credibility by putting together a believable story based on a number of popular rumors already in existence combined with references to less well known (because it's unrelated) information about the company and find faithful folk among brand fans desperate for meaning in their lives. Often once-removed from the actual company insider (as in "my brother-in-law works for" or "I was talking to a rep in the bike store yesterday"). Regardless of the details, critical thinking is largely absent in the minds of believers.

Great, great post!

I love it, and while it was pretty funny, it is more true.

I was laughing all by myself while reading your sermon. Thanks for the good writing and the humour.

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