Gotta love it when your chapel speaker misrepresents atheism, contradicts himself, say all nonbelievers just are in rebellion and want to sin, and life without god is meaningless. I expected nothing less of a preacher. I can’t help but feel bad for him tho.
Anyway, tell me about your day hopefully it’s been better than mine.
Preachers who are sincere about what they claim to believe live within a sealed, self-perpetuating system which is laden with caveats and self-interests based upon commonly held social biases within the community of believers which serve to promote it.
Christianity, like its offshoots (Islam, Mormonism, etc.), with its promises of exclusive truths and eternal love and wealth (...but, only after one dies), only exists to maintain the status quo of a docile, unquestioning serfdom of servile believers for the greater purpose of supporting the comfort of the Church and its hierarchy (or, in the case of Protestantism, lay pastors. Eventually, few people involved with religious orthodoxies are immune to such corruption.)
The need to be “right” is childish to reason, but it is very important to the Church and other political bodies wishing to elevate themselves upon the labors of others. If you can get people to believe in bodily ascension into the skies, transubstantiation, immaculate conception, walking on water, turning water into wine, feeding a crowd of five-thousand with only five loaves and two fishes, etc., you can get them to do anything you want. Conversely, it’s sad to say, many people are so desperate to be loved and are so eager for vindication, they are willing to accept wholly unrealistic conditions in order to receive such warmth and acceptance.
Other than that, my day was fine.
I hate being misrepresented like that!
I was invited to a kid's birthday party. Unbeknownst to me, the mom also invited her Catholic priest to say prayers and give a sermon. He went on about how atheists and non-believers are empty and lost! I'm never going to one of her kid's birthday parties again!!
It's snowing here and then we're having sleet.
I made blueberry muffins... [agnostic.com]
Not a bad day in comparison to yours. And the roomie is writing.
I always did hate being forced into listening to that sort of thing.
Even as Roman Catholics the call would go out among parishioners when the "Vatican" masses were taking place.
The ones about "no abortions" and other things we all considered ridiculous and more about your own good counsel and none of their damn business we always warned others about.
Few would end up attending the consecutive masses - and the ones caught in the first net would regal the rest of us with the stories.
In retrospect someone should have printed up T's?
"I survived Vatican Mass"...