Theodicy and Bob Dylan

Most people who know me well know that I’m a life long fan of Bob Dylan. I may have even mentioned it here once or twice. A friend recently pointed out an interesting piece about, as she said “Dylan and God”, that I might enjoy. I found it interesting, food for thought, and as you might expect, grist for this blog mill.

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A New Low For Perry

In the Kickin-A-Horse-When-He’s-Been-Dead-For-Weeks-And-Should-Be-Buried Department, you’ve probably already seen this gag-inducing ad put out by Perry, pandering to the bigoted, white Christian vote:

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the video parodies, so I thought I’d accumulate some of the best of them and put them all in one place. Hope you enjoy them too.

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Today is “Move All The Bibles To The Fiction Section” Day

‘Nufff said.

Those Elusive Ten Commandments

I really should read the Bible. I’m not one of those atheists who claims that my reading of the Bible actually caused my deconversion. I haven’t read it from cover to cover, primarily because it’s written so archaically, that I can’t get through it, and because there’s really no point to reading it. Logic says that you don’t put the cart before the horse, and logic also says you don’t read the Bible to find evidence of the existence of god. God must be proven first before I’d read it for that reason (and what other reason to read it?). To say god exists because the Bible says it’s true is circular.

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Why Only TEN Commandments?

Another 10C controversy has come down the pike. This time it’s in Giles County, Virginia. Apparently, the School District was asked to remove prints of the 10 commandments from schools, and at first agreed on the advice of their attorney; but then after another School Board meeting at which a large throng of Christians asked that the decision be reversed, it was. So now a law suit will be filed, and the School Board will lose, and attorneys will make a lot of money (not a bad thing by itself 😉 ), and taxpayers will pay that money to them. They never learn.

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The Cross Memorial

By now most of you are familiar with the Supreme Court case, Salazar vs. Buono, that will be argued soon concerning the cross that was erected in the 1930s by the VFW on what became Federal land in the Mojave desert to memorialize the fallen soldiers of World War I.  The usual suspects are gearing up on both sides to get rid of it, or keep it, depending on one’s point of view. In the meantime, it remains wrapped in plywood pending Supreme Court review this term.

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The Exclusivity of Truth

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God’s Warriors on CNN

I’m watching this on CNN as I type this post. It’s a three day, two hour a day, program, broken into three parts:

  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Christianity

I’d like to know what you, who are watching this, think. Personally, as I watch these nutcases, all I can keep saying to myself, is “insanity”. These people are insane.

The first episode is primarily about the Jews, and their often antagonistic, violent relationship with their immediate neighbors. Actually,  neighbors is too soft a term to describe the Palestinians. Mutual residents might be a better description, in the same sense that a mongoose and a snake would share the same hole.

I watch these people describe their relationships with their mutual residents, and can only shake my head. They are spouting nonsense, and they don’t see it! They have no objectivity about what they are fighting over – a piece of land no bigger than, what? Rhode Island? They keep saying things like “God took me by the ears and told me to blow up those children.” WTF? Do they actually listen to themselves? I am simply amazed at what normally rational people can talk themselves into in the name of a non-existent entity. There is one thing they all have in common, though – their belief that god is on their side.

Anyone else watch this?