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March 19, 2010

Speaking with preachers who are not believers

Disbelief in the pulpit: On Faith at washingtonpost.com The WaPo has a 28-page study by Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola from Tufts University speaking with preachers who are secret atheists, but who still go through the motions. Here is a section from Jack (totally a fake name), who is a Southern Baptist preacher:
“OK, this God created me. It’s a perfect God that knows everything; can do anything. And somehow it got messed up, and it’s my fault. So he had to send his son to die for me to fix it. And he does. And now I’m supposed to beat myself to death the rest of my life over it. It makes no sense to me. Don’t you think a God could come up with a better plan than that?” “What kind of personality; what kind of being is this that had to create these other beings to worship and tell him how wonderful he is? That makes no sense, if this God is all-knowing and all-wise and all-wonderful. I can’t comprehend that that’s what kind of person God is.” “Every church I’ve been in preached that the Jonah in the Whale story is literally true. And I’ve never believed that. You mean to tell me a human was in the belly of that whale? For three days? And then the whale spit him out on the shoreline? And, of course, their convenient logic is, ‘Well, God can do anything.’” “Well, I think most Christians have to be in a state of denial to read the Bible and believe it. Because there are so many contradicting stories. You’re encouraged to be violent on one page, and you’re encouraged to give sacrificial love on another page. You’re encouraged to bash a baby’s head on one page, and there’s other pages that say, you know, give your brother your fair share of everything you have if they ask for it.”

March 18, 2010

Buried Lede Dept.: Nuns endorse health care despite bishops

The Raw Story | Obama warns foes of health care plan
The overhaul got another boost when Catholic nuns, in an unusual public break with the church's bishops, endorsed the Senate bill and said they were satisfied it would not lead to government money going to abortion. About 60 leaders of orders representing tens of thousands of US Catholic nuns signed a letter backing the bill, which Catholic Bishops have opposed on grounds it would lead to federal abortion funding.

March 15, 2010

Chief Exorcist thinks the Devil is in the Vatican

Chief Exorcist Rev. Gabriele Amorth Says Devil Is In Vatican - ABC News
Looking his 85 years, the priest is still dressed in his pajamas, but his face shows signs of energy that has helped sustain him as the chief exorcist for the Vatican during the last 25 years. . . . "The devil is not everywhere," he says. "But when he is present it is painful." He says he has treated over 70,000 cases of demonic possession. . . . His face serious, the many lines on his face clear, Amorth confesses, "The devil resides in the Vatican." While admitting that it is hard to prove, he says the consequences of the devil's work are evident: Cardinals who don't believe in Jesus, bishops who are linked with the devil. As early 1972 Pope Paul VI talked about the "smoke of Satan" that hovered in the Vatican, but it is more recent events like the pedophilia scandal the church is confronted with and the grisly murder by a Swiss guard of his commander and wife that Amorth uses as evidence of the devil's presence. His favorite movie, of course, is "The Exorcist."

March 08, 2010

Study links racism to religious dogmatism

Racism is linked to Religious dogmatism | Center for Inquiry
Religious people can be racist, and that's not news. But are they more likely to be racist than non-religious people? A new study now confirms this hypothesis. The February issue of Personality and Social Psychology Review has published a meta-analysis of 55 independent studies conducted in the United States which considers surveys of over 20,000 mostly Christian participants. Religious congregations generally express more prejudiced views towards other races. Furthermore, the more devout the community, the greater the racism. We also read this additional fascinating conclusion from the authors' summary: "The authors failed to find that racial tolerance arises from humanitarian values, consistent with the idea that religious humanitarianism is largely expressed to in-group members. Only religious agnostics were racially tolerant."

March 05, 2010

Everything Is Terrible: Jesus Hates Klingons