Friday, April 10, 2009

Colbert: "I have been waiting my whole life to witness an event of biblical proportions"

"How many times do you have to bring your son to the sacrificial alter before God makes his move?"

Following in the spirit of Passover and Purim, Stephen Colbert frees his Jews:
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Birkat Hachama - Stephen Frees His Jews
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Miley 's Bible tutor

“He’s really made me read my Bible. He’s made me actually read the stories in the Bible—not the quick little verses--that not only help me, but show you how to help other people."
-Miley Cyrus, discussing the influence her boyfriend, Justin Gaston, has had on her.

Jesus loves condoms

--and can kick Pope Anonymous's ass:

"Is there Proof of Christ's Resurrection?"

I didn't realize that it's "Prove the Bible" day today. I didn't even send out cards this year.

Thankfully, Rev. Randy Singer has the holiday spirit. Over at CBN Rev. Singer investigates the resurrection "from a different perspective."

At least, that's what I assume his video is about. Every time I try to watch it my Internet server crashes. Unless... maybe that's the Rev. Singer's point? Heavy.

Scientific explanations for the parting of the Red Sea, the 10 plagues, and the burning bush.

Michael Lukas, writing for Slate, explores the scientific explanations of the Exodus story in sources as varied as "Modeling the Hydrodynamic Situation of the Exodus", Colin Humphreys' The Miracles of Exodus, John Marr's "domino theory" of the ten plagues, and an article by Norwegian physicist Dag Kristian Dysthe on the possibility of spontaneous combustion.

Lukas ends his article on an uplifting note. Acknowledging that some are "attempting to cast doubt on the foundations of monotheism" Lukas adds:
But not all the explanations of the Passover story are motivated by such ardent secularism. In The Miracles of Exodus, Humphreys writes that "a natural explanation of the events of the Exodus doesn't to my mind make them any less miraculous. … What made certain events miraculous was their timing."

Is Christianity's influence wanning?

A recent Newsweek Poll asked: Is religion increasing or losing its influence on American life?
19% said religion was increasing its influence
68% said religion was losing its influence.

Christopher Hitchens, from Vanity Fair and author of God is Not Great, joined Kenneth Blackwell, from the Family Research Council, on Hardball last night to discuss whether Christianity's influence is fading in America.

Notable quotes:
Blackwell: "There is a separation of Church and State; there has never been a separation of faith and politics."

Blackwell: "It is flat out nonsense to suggest that this country was founded on anything other than an understanding of Judeo-Christian principles and precepts that gives us the moral
foundations that allows free enterprise and the primacy of the individual in our political system."

Blackwell: "I believe you have the constitutional right to be theologically wrong."

Hitchens: "The United States of America's founding documents are secular. If you don't know that, you don't know anything."

Hitchens: "When people look around and they see the amount of theocratic bullying and sabotage going on, and murder and sadism conducted by the parties of god--it's not as simple as it used to be when the right wing could say 'well, our enemy is godless communism.' Now our enemy is the most godly imaginable group."

"I don't know how this all happened. It's not in the Bible."

The Florida woman who killed her son and herself at a gun range this Sunday believed she was the Antichrist, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

In recordings made prior to the shooting, she said: "I have to die and go to hell so there can be a thousand years peace on Earth." In a note she wrote: "I had to send my son to heaven and myself to Hell."

Later in the recording, she adds:
"I don't know how all this happened. It's not in the Bible. No forgiveness for me. That's not in the Bible. The Antichrist being a woman."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jesus and Muhammad against the Man, and for homosexuality

“When people quote the passages in Leviticus condemning homosexuality, I say to them — if you read the whole of the Old Testament and took everything that was there in a literal way, as being what God and religion is about, you’d have some pretty tough policies across the whole of the piece. What people often forget about, for example, Jesus or, indeed, the Prophet Muhammad, is that their whole raison d’ĂȘtre was to change the way that people thought traditionally.”
- Tony Blair on why the Pope should consider the Catholic Church's stand on homosexuality.

“I think there is a generational shift that is happening. If you talk to the older generation, yes, you will still get a lot of pushback, and parts of the Bible quoted, and so on. But if you look at the younger generation of evangelicals, this is increasingly for them something that they wish to be out of — at least in terms of having their position confined to being anti-gay.”

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Neither have you tasted my Jesus"

A young creationist shares a Bible story (actually, an antidote from a college classroom) to defend her position with the infinitely quotable punchline: "neither have you tasted my Jesus."

Her defense has been helpfully animated courtesy of the good folks at B3ta.