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Religion Update

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Update.

Another update.

The end is near.

This blog would have taken a bite

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Before noticing this.

Think Happy

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Or we’re screwed.

If you are aching for more of the love, here’s the full lecture.

Dong bu dong?

Fun with Numbers

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

It’s a meaningful day today.

Christians scare me

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Well, these do. Amidst the seemingly wholesome activity lies a mental and psychological control that is, what I feel, unnatural.

The party is a celebration of ignorance and misinformation wrapped up in a false glamour.

I get chills down my spine when I read articles like this. Especially the High Priest in the Family part.

Voltaire sums it up nicely: "It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue."

A better class of debate on intelligent design.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Saw this entry.

Left this comment:

Interesting entry.

Actually, the whole Intelligent Design thing was thrown out not because it was "unprovable" by science. It was thrown out because:

1. It is not a scientific theory and does not belong in Science.

2. The school board was discovered to have falsified certain facts. Science has Dr. Woo Suk Hwang, Theology has the school board.

Just want to make a few points:

1. "There are many truths… serve as a basis for scientific investigation." Actually, that’s where most science starts, someone believes something to be true, science investigates to see if it is actually, true.

2. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of things from a different perspective, for example, the "Problem of Free Will" and things like that. Trying to apply scientific method to that will be futile, almost akin to trying to prove empirically that Winnie the Pooh exists.

3. On how things that "aught to be", science is excellent at proving or disproving how "things aught to be" via empirical means. Of course, when it comes to "How scientific inquiry aught to be", I can only say that it is a very noble and Human wish. Many a times, when faced with pressure of delivery deadlines, many scientists succumb to the easy way out.

4. Asthetic Truth is based on personal perception. A picture of the Alps may invoke different feelings to different people. This is well and good. However, using it to show that the scientific method is unable to prove personal perception is really unreasonable as it is beyond its scope and purpose.

I can go on and on, but the fact of the matter is that, the Scientific Method is a process not meant to prove or disprove ontological ideas.

By the way, the theory of Copernicus (sp?) has been verified through the use of space probes, telescopes and observation.

Personally, I think this is far more cohesive and better argued than Andrew Loke’s mess.

This is the way to go: Attack the scientific method and weaken the foundation, rather than try to prove Intelligent Design using ontological proofs disguised as Science.

Andrew should learn to do this.

[Update: The author politely corrected my views and elaborated on his views. Excellent!]

The Gospel of Judas

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

As a Christian since birth, there are many things that I could not recouncil with the religion. The betrayal is one of the most troubling to me.

I’ve asked this many times since I was a kid in Sunday school but was awarded no satisfying answer. To be fair, my teachers were honest in saying that they did not think about the betrayal in that perspective and had no answers to my question, at least, they did not suppress me.

My question was this: The crucifiction and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity. It is where all our sins were forgiven. This would not have happened if not for the betrayal by Judas Iscariot. Why then, is he vilified and renounced by Christians?

To me, it does not seem fair.

The one thing that Man has over demons and angels is Free Will. The ability to make a choice.

To me, Judas Iscariot seemed to have faced a Hobson’s Choice: To betray Jesus would mean to betray the Son of Man, to not betray him would be like not doing "God’s work", i.e. no crucifiction hence no resurrection.

Then comes the discovery of the Gospel of Judas. Which sort of clears up my guilt as a Christian somewhat, but it opens up a whole host of questions. Like

  1. Judas Iscariot committed suicide. According to Catholic belief, that’s a straight-to-Hell deed. So did Judas screwed his chance at being "exalted"?
  2. So it now it was a conspiracy (Jesus and Judas) within a conspiracy (The Pharisees) that created the Christian faith?
  3. Why was Judas made a villian in the first place?

Do read the text (yes, there’s an English Translation) carefully as it is both facinating as well as very open to  misinterpretation.

I do not pretend to understand all of it, but I do know this: some people will definitely misuse Jesus’ allegorical interpretation of a dream as against the people of the Pink.

Having said that, the Jesus that appears in the text appears to be very jovial and light-hearted.

My personal kind of Jesus.

;)

[Thanks to Jeff for forwarding the NYT article and links.]

Why Celibacy is a bad idea

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

It leads to "compensated dating".

Glory be!

Monday, March 6th, 2006

This small sect may experience an upsurge in membership soon.

Christian attempt to reconstruct a patch of Eden to proceed

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Key Quote: "There is absolutely no relationship between nudity and sex."

Blessed art thou

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

who serve great buffalo wings.

The Simple Life

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

In the Middle Ages. Orlando actually.

Hot Seminal Debate

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

With the current hot debate about Christian help groups giving lectures on sex and sexuality and basically  giving homosexuality the shaft (ha!), I think we should turn to our Muslim brothers and see what they have to say about sex and sexuality.

Key Funny Quote: "Unlike Christianity, which tends to be squeamish about sex, Islam has a long tradition of talking about it openly."

Actually, this is a really interesting article. The workarounds are hilarious.

And now we know where the phrase "Don’t play with it too much or you’ll go blind!" came from…

Here’s another interesting one.

Just read the TodayOnline article. Modeled on the Alcholics Anonymous?

I can picture it now: "Hi, my name is Karl Pilkinton, and I could eat a knob at night…"

Attention Catholics who like to bake

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Key Quote: "Don’t pour holy water in the dough or make long prayers in front of your first loaf, since you will more than likely be feeding it to the birds or
wishing you could put jam on it as you eat your mistakes.  You are not in the 5th century, so you don’t bake bread daily."

Another Funny Quote: "Icons should never be thrown away, not matter how horrid they are. My
suggestion is to take an unusable icon with you on a campout, wrap it
in some old cloth or newspaper and burn it in the campfire. Distribute
the ashes somewhere well off the trail once the fire has died down.
Don’t roast marshmallows or cook food over this fire: not only is it a
bit sacreligious, but the paints and glues in most icons are toxic.
"

Christians behaving badly

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

The decision (310kb PDF file) on the Pennsylvania "Intelligent Design" case is fascinating reading.

I could not help but burst into applause on page 137.

Please start from page 1 to feel the full effects of the horror of just how far some people will go to achieve their own agenda.

Somehow, Exodus 20:16 seemed to have slipped their intelligently-designed Christian minds.