There is nothing original to me here, and I don’t usually like to post by copying other blogs, but I just thought, for those who don’t regularly read PZ Myers blog, Pharyngula, you should, because I really like this post.
This sums up a lot:
There is this old myth about a god who has sex with his human mother to give birth to himself, who grows up to be killed (but not really), and this depreciated sacrifice somehow means everyone else gets to go to heaven when they die. If they believe it, that is; otherwise they go to hell and suffer for eternity.
Now I’m supposed to…
- …believe in this fairy tale myself;
- …believe that accepting this fairy tale helps people be better human beings;
- …believe that accepting this fairy tale helps people be better scientists;
- …regard people who swallow this fairy tale with the same respect I do those who see through the nonsense;
- …refrain from criticizing this fairy tale; and/or
- …pretend this fairy tale isn’t a load of ridiculous bullshit.
No, it’s never going to happen. I will never accept or even respect your fairy tale.
The conclusion, in particular, has to be repeated, daily if possible:
The Nicene Creed is not a profession of the basic orthodoxy of the Christian faith. It’s a rationality test.
If you believe one line of it, you’ve failed.