[Pope B to Reg: I fixed the link, but my phone botched the copy/paste of the rest of the post. Sorry!] [Alas, in my haste ’tis worse than feared; the url still needs undefined/ removed from it. An hour lost here!]
This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by PopeBeanie. Reason: mea culpa
Michael Nugent and my friend John Hamill deserve much of the credit as do other members of Atheist Ireland. As you know I have often mentioned Blasphemy here. Here is a video that Michael gave in Paris recently, outlining the raison d’etre for Atheist Ireland.
True. I hung out with an ex-marine from Alabama for a few weeks in Malta of all places. Turned out he lived 2 miles from me back in Ireland. Many beers later…..
Last time I was driving there we stopped for a coffee in McDonalds in Albertville. When an elderly couple in the queue heard my accent they assumed I was Scottish and wanted to know if I was there for the revival. I managed to “zip it” when they said their friends would be going over to Scotland for a Bible study seminar. I had a very civil and polite conversation with them. As I left to sit down about 6 guys in camouflage came in to join them. “Hey pops” said one of them. I was thinking to myself “This is weird”. My brother explained that they were hunters!! I said I hoped nobody started playing a banjo! (My bad).
I think the Cognitive Science of Religion is very interesting and worthwhile. However, they’re aaaaallll missing the main point, which could be described as the self-maintaining and self-regenerating properties of all living things. Any living thing, biologically, takes full advantage of whatever circumstances are available.
There is this TV programme which has just been broadcast in the UK (I haven’t watched it yet):
“The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed – S1E2 “Survive”
In this programme, Drs Chris and Xand van Tulleken discover the everyday miracles that keep you alive. They explore the extraordinary lengths our bodies go to in order to keep our organs working at every moment of every day. They see how powerful reflexes keep us safe from danger and uncover the amazing mechanisms our bodies call on to repair damage. And for the first time ever, they see exactly how our immune system’s killer cells go into battle against deadly infection.”
Really, almost everything about the human body and mind acts in this same direction.