Sunday, January 25, 2009
'In the beginning ... something'
Jan. 11, 2009 sermon: "In the Beginning ... Something."
Sure. You've got 30 minutes to spare. It'll be worth it.
In the stream of a naked singularity space/time does not exist. Now ain't that a theological wonder. Is there any Faith system or religion that does not require space and time?
In the beginning .....something. It is a strange world isn't it when people believe in things much stranger than anything in the Bible and yet such a belief is not based in Faith at all, but in mathematics and science.
Even stranger, when you consider that all of the black holes, naked singularities, stars, planets and other objects in space or energy impacting what can be seen actually only comprise 4% of existent universe or cosmos.
And God, knows and controls and is it all.
Of course there are a number of Republican pundits and U.S. Senators and well, others, who wouldn't believe what's said in Scientific American any way.
Did you listen to the sermon? It wasn't his best, but it was one of his best lately -- I liked it, at least.
Is this your church?
Tell me what the straw man is. I'm not very good at seeing them where others do.
Remember that it's a sermon, not an argument per se.
I'm not so sure about that. It was a response to a rather nasty christian threat about hell. If it frees people from fear, I'd say that was good.
Some christians also think it is a good thing as the hope it will get people discussing the existence of god (I'm told some even contributed to the campaign for that reason).
The strawman was about some atheists being certain there is no god. This may be true for a small number, but isnt the major position.
I think one thing that may believers dont get about the bus slogan is that the message means there is probably no god, but in the same sense that there are probably no unicorns.
I'm not too keen on the slogan myself though.
As for the staw man; I think it's more of an assumption about atheists than an unthinking, or deliberate, straw man.
Myself, if I think "atheist," I think "convinced that God is not." Maybe y'all have your own fundies to contend with? :-)