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Sunday School December 13th 2020

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    Here is a report on America’s nonreligious youth. I hope they grow a little louder.

    White Evangelicals made a deal with Trump. Now what? I suppose they could walk around in circles for a while as the Secular Coalition launches its agenda for the incoming Biden administration.

    SCOTUS wants to protect the religious privilege of Christians who object to the civil rights of other citizens. The Department of Labor is working overtime to prevent federal contractors from having their god induced opinions offended.

    I know I keep on about this religious privilege syndrome but we need to have a serious conversation about it. Politics is done no service by making it about religious issues.

    Knipperdolling of the week: COVID denying Christians.

    This weeks’ Woo:  The ‘Blood Type’ diet.

    Climate Crisis: The UN tells all countries to declare a climate emergency of face catastrophic results. They are some glimmers of hope too which we can build upon.

    How to talk to someone who has fallen for a conspiracy theory and how to build trust in Covid-19 vaccines. Studies show that irrational beliefs can be seen as attempts to protect mental health. I think this is a good approach to take.

    Why are religious fundamentalists so anti-science?

    The Heaven’s Gate cult was as American as apple pie.

    British academics have just won an important battle for free speech.

    Neuro-rights are aimed at guarding your brain from future technological abuse.

    How to deal with the gods we might meet while star trekking across the Universe. These two Roman Gods will meet up on the solstice next week but they will still be maintaining a social distance of at least 400 million miles.

    Over 99 percent of all species that have ever existed are extinct, including these ten.

    Why failing hearts love hard workouts.

    When does a human embryo have the moral status of a person?

    Long Reads: How the first life on Earth survived its biggest threat — water. The Ballad of Ron and Dorinda. The return of the city-state.

    This week I will read this book: The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code. I will probably not read “The Godless Gospel” by Julian Baggini.

    Some photographs taken last week. Some new Hubble images from millions of years ago.

    While you are waiting for the kettle to boil……

    Coffee Break Video: The Super Mario Effect – Tricking your brain into learning more. Intelligence without brains.

     

     

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    Have a great week everyone!

     

    #35369

    Unless there is something we are not yet aware of, then this incident in Florida is terrible.

    #35373

    Unseen
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    I’d like top contribute this trailer for a Netflix documentary video on the behind-the-scenes power wielded by evangelical Christians:

    #35376

    Unseen
    Participant

    When an embryo becomes a person can’t be turned into a fact. It’s a matter of definition and the definitions are driven by attitudes and those attitudes can come from religion on the one hand and a variety of advocacy groups on the other.

    #35386

    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

    In the song “Star Trekkin'” by The Firm, it sounds like the crew of Enterprise did meet a God, only “Bones” should have said: ” It’s worse than that, he’s non-existant, non-existant, non-existant.  It’s worse than that, he’s non-existant, non-existant, Jim!”  👨‍⚕️

    “Aw, for cryin’ out loud!  I’m a real Doctor, Jim, not a witch doctor!”

    As for Heaven’s Gate, I couldn’t help but think of a sick kid’s ditty I made up at the time:

    “*Snip!*  *Snip!*  *Snip!*

    My Mothership!

    Sails behind The Hale-Bop!

    You are ‘it!'”

    #35387

    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

    Oh, and since I’ve finally figured out how to post videos, here’s the video of “Star Trekkin’,” an all-time hit for the Doctor Demento set:

    #35388

    Captain, its the engines here. Scotty nay can take anymore!

    #35394

    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

     

    If Cambridge or any other university needs to make any rule on “respect,” it should be that anyone who cannot spell the word “respect” without coaching from Aretha Franklin does not deserve respect.  Prima Facie, Ipso Facto, A Priori.

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    Strega
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    Thanks, Reg!

    #35456

    Simon Paynton
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    I will probably not read “The Godless Gospel” by Julian Baggini.

    I won’t be reading it either.  But the review is kind of intriguing.  It makes me wonder if the actual figure of Jesus was different from the popular version, and people can read a wide range of meanings into the New Testament stories.

    #35457

    It makes me wonder if the actual figure of Jesus was different from the popular version.

    Guess what my question is? 🙂

    #35462

    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

    You wrote:

    Guess what my question is? 🙂

    Lemme guess: “What  evidence is there that the Jesus of The Holy Bible actually existed?”  Amirite?

    Simon,

    You wrote:

    I won’t be reading it either.  But the review is kind of intriguing.  It makes me wonder if the actual figure of Jesus was different from the popular version, and people can read a wide range of meanings into the New Testament stories.

    A lot of people assume that the teachings attributed to Jesus are a peaceful, humane departure from the barbarism in The Old Testiment/Torah, but The words of Jesus on The Sermon on the Mount say just the opposite in Matthew 5:17-18:

    17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

    18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

    From this, I can only infer that all of the silly prohibitions and horrible punishments from before the time of Jesus still apply with Jesus and The New Testiment.  Also, he throws in thoughtcrime, self-mutilation, mortification of the flesh, and pacifism in the face of injustice.  Nice. /sarcasm🙄

    #35465

    Simon Paynton
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    Matthew 5:17-18: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

    Maybe he meant that he was the new messiah, the most holy one there ever was.  That’s consistent with being Jesus.

    #35468

    Simon Paynton
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    This week I will read this book: The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code.

    I think the author, Michael E. McCullough, makes a good case that reason has a lot to do with the human moral sense, and in particular, its progression over time to become more kind and more fair and less morally punitive and angry.  On the other hand, I think he makes a mistake to assume that biology can’t account for the original need to be kind to / cooperate with strangers – it can, through interdependent helping.

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