The various questions surrounding theology have been mentioned with some frequency over the last year. This is mostly, or perhaps entirely, due to the fact that it is becoming increasingly acceptable to lack theistic belief. Despite this, I haven’t written a lot of serious debate on the issue. I am not about to start. Some points are better made by others, and I’m inclined to leave this one to the Richard Dawkins and Douglas Adams of the world.
I’ll do my part for the de-woolification of thinking by promoting those that do it best. In particular I want to point you to the Wonderful World of WinAce, which turns out to be far better than its design would lead you to believe.
A comment – by the eponimous WinAce – at Fark led me to his brilliantly ironic Organisms that Look Designed. This contains the following inspired quote:
Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose by God, but we won’t admit that even if he comes down from heaven and slaps us silly.
Ditchard Rawkins, Oxbored University Professor of Zoology by day, godless communist sympathizer by night
Digging deeper – or in fact equally deep, but in a different section – I found his Homorous Images for Online Use, further satirising clueless fundies and their arguments. And since I’ve mentioned the clueless fundies, check out Fundies Say the Darndest Things. Choice quote this time (there are thousands):
If you can quote one Biblical passage that proves God doesn’t exist, or Jesus didn’t come from God or that the moral standard didn’t come from God then I will start to think about what you are saying.
I was all set to laud this site for its satire – and plain old piss-taking – which is great in itself – when I discovered a serious aspect to the site. If you’re in a contemplative mood – and I recognise that people surfing the web very often aren’t – you may want to look into Questioning Theistic Beliefs. It presents a series of questions designed to ilicit that most dangerous commodities: rational thought. It leans towards questioning biblical fundamentalism, but much of it is relevant to many religions. A question at random:
Does the intentional destruction of every newborn in Egypt as a final demonstration of power to a stubborn Pharaoh seem more consistent with an actual act by a benevolent God than invention by a Bronze Age human writer?
Incidentally, the title of this entry is taken from the site; it’s not just an affirmation of my own personality.