When I read an article that I think will be fodder for a blog post, I save the link so I can return to it later. I usually end up with far more links than I can possibly use, so I thought I would put some of them from the past week in a post.
Yoga is of Satan
Ruth blogs at Out From the Umbrella and she has an excellent post about her experience with yoga and the Southern Baptist church she was once a part of. Ruth’s post is a reminder to me that Southern Baptist churches can be just as fundamentalist as any IFB church.
There is only ONE Eternal Book in Existence, the King James Bible
According to Bob Gray, the retired pastor of the Longview Baptist Temple, there is only ONE real Bible, the King James Version. Gray writes:
I not only believe in plenary inspiration, which is the complete canon of living Scripture from eternity past to eternity future, I believe in verbal inspiration, which is an every living Word Bible from eternity past to eternity future, but I also believe in “jot” inspiration and “tittle” inspiration. A jot and a tittle would be like an accent mark such, as we would use to emphasis a syllable. God is saying not only will not one word pass away, but also not one accent shall pass away or not one punctuation will pass away….
…This King James Bible is the only eternal book in existence. This Bible is not all that God has said, but all in this book is what God had said! In Heaven God’s people will be able to spend an eternity not only on what God wrote, but also all that God has said! WOW, what a thought!…
If you have never been exposed to King James Onlyism, Gray’s post is an excellent example of how the Bible and history must be twisted to support such a view.
The Gays are to Blame for Tornadoes, Dementia, and Autism
Susanne Atanus is a Republican running for Congress in Illinois. The Daily Herald reports:
“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus said. She said she believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as in response to gay rights and legalized abortions.
“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”
I am starting to think that we should require a mental competency test before a person can run for public office.
Atheists HATE God
Ken Ham, along with many other fundamentalist Christians, continues to say that atheists hate God. In a blog post about an article on the Answers in Genesis website, Ham had this to say about Richard Dawkins:
Richard Dawkins is known for his firm stance against debating biblical creationists. His pride is evident in the things he says about those who disagree with him. For Dawkins, evolution in a godless world is the only option. And while Dawkins astutely says that those Christians who believe they can reconcile evolutionary ideas with Scripture are “deluded,” he doesn’t want to be challenged about the assumptions that underlie evolutionary ideas. As an atheist who ultimately hates God, Dawkins can’t even allow the possibility that he might be wrong. Instead, he comes up will all sorts of poor excuses to protect his worldview as his atheism is challenged by biblical creationists.
Ham refuses to understand that atheists don’t hate God. Hating God would mean hating a mythical, non-existent being. To the atheist, hating God is like hating the Easter bunny or Santa Claus. What an atheist MIGHT hate is the tangible, real, visible effects of Ham’s version of Christianity.
Ham wants to be treated fairly, yet when he writes scathing, ignorant articles about atheists, Richard Dawkins, and evolutionists, he never links to the people or site in question. Why is that? Surely, Ham wants people to be exposed to ALL the facts, right? (Silly me, I already know that the answers is NO!)
If a Man Lusts, it is the Woman’s Fault
The I’ll Be Honest website has a video of fundamentalist Christian Paul Washer preaching on How a Christian Woman is to Adorn Herself. The video is described this way:
If your clothing is a frame for your face, from which the glory of God is to shine, it’s proper. If your clothing draws attention to your body, to outline it, to make it noticed, then it’s sensual.
In other words, women are not to be seen or heard.
Is Global Warming a Myth?
Grist has an article on how and why global warming causes frigid temperatures and record snowfalls. (like we are having here in NW Ohio) Chris Mooney writes:
To understand the relationship between climate change and intense snowfall, you first need to understand that global warming certainly doesn’t do away with winter or the seasons. So it’ll still be plenty cold enough for snow much of the time. Meanwhile, global warming loads the dice in favor of more intense precipitation through changes in atmospheric moisture content. “Warming things up means the atmosphere can and does hold more moisture,” explains Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. “So in winter, when there is still plenty of cold air there’s a risk of bigger snows. With east coast storms, where the moisture comes from the ocean which is now warmer, this also applies.”
Please post a link to this article on your Facebook news feed. Maybe it will shut up all the global warming/global climate change deniers. On second thought, hit them in the head with a sledge-hammer first to get their attention… On third thought, forget it. No matter what you say, they ain’t listening. All they can see is what is right in front of their face; it’s cold and snowy so global warming is a myth.
Why do Some People Talk Confidently when they Shouldn’t?
Bruce Levine wrote an excellent article on the people I call professional bullshitters:
People with great power over our lives, in government, business, medicine, and elsewhere, who don’t know what they are talking about are scary. Even more scary are people in authority who don’t know what they’re talking about but who have spent a lifetime perfecting how to appear like they do. Complete conviction and total certainty are sources of great power, especially over vulnerable and uncertain people. And so the pretense of conviction and certainty can be quite damaging.
Levine details how the Harvard Business School has turned out its fair share of professional bullshitters.
Should We Confront Global Climate Change Deniers?
Joe Rome says, Yes. We are facing a global crisis of epic proportions and it is time to act.
Global climate change deniers are a lot like creationists, Tea Partiers, and fundamentalist Christians. It is almost impossible to intellectually reach them. I would love to see a demographic study done on how many people deny global climate change and are also creationists, Tea Partiers, and fundamentalist Christians. My money is on a lot.
A Murdering Baptist Pastor Later Commits Suicide
MoJoey recently wrote a post about this story. MoJoey has written several follow-up articles and they are well worth reading too. The church that is central to this story is the Lancaster Baptist Church, an IFB church pastored by Paul Chappell.
Tony Jones Believes in God Because Most Everyone Believes in God
Emerging/Emergent church guru Tony Jones recently decided to show his disdain for atheists. Evidently, Jones’s postmodern gospel of questioning everything only goes so far. It is OK to ask questions as long as you end up with a belief in God:
The vast, vast majority of my fellow human beings are theists. Globally, well over 95% of the human race professes belief in God. As others have noted recently, atheism is a position of privilege. Atheism is almost exclusively the purview of educated, white elites. The old saying goes that there are no atheists in foxholes, but it should be updated to say that their are no atheists in the slums of Bangladesh, in the townships of South Africa, in the trash heaps of India.
At this point, I simply cannot abide severing myself from the rest of the world’s population, from 7 billion of my fellow human beings. I have enough respect for the collective wisdom of humanity to stand in solidarity with them in proclaiming that there is, indeed, a God.
In other words, because a majority of people believe God exists, God exists. Let’s see, a majority of people believe all kinds of crazy, irrational things. I suppose we should believe these things because most people do, right?
Tony, Tony Tony. You need to get back to asking more questions. Oh wait, you wrote a plethora of books, so that means you now have all the answers.
And here are a few links with no commentary;
Atheist’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (The Gospel Coalition)
The Gospel for a Gay Friend (The Gospel Coalition)
The Danger of Being Too Close to People (Bob Gray)
Is President Obama Paving the Way for the AntiChrist? (Robert Jeffress)
Alaska Republican Senate Candidate, Sings in Tongues (Fire Dog Lake)