Furthering my supposed damnation

27 06 2008

I’m packing up to head out to a geek camping event going on in upstate New York, but wanted to share this with ya’ll. It’s no secret I enjoy taking part in the debates on the Convert Me Livejournal community, taking on my Aspect as a rabid evangelical agnostic, and wielding my Attribute of “be a dick”. It keeps the heart rate up and gives me a good rant target.

Someone in the group pointed to a fascinating atheist blog / website called Russels Teapot. On the top of the site is the following quote:

“If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.” – Bertrand Russell

Pretty good commentary and right in line with my thinking.

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3 responses

27 06 2008
bolson

Speaking of concise theology and religion, Jesussays, and modern prophets agree.

27 06 2008
sah

My head spins with the “what made the big bang? what existed before the big bang? if god exists, who made god?”
I don’t believe anything. Then again, I believe everything.

2 07 2008
Dennis/Joanne

A worthy and relevant TV Series (shown in a censored version at only a few PBS-TV stations not too long ago) may be the 3-part BBC-TV Series, “A Brief History of Disbelief.” If interested, internet locations of Video clips (YouTube and related) may be noted at: http://naturallyus.livejournal.com/9564.html

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