I really have no idea what to say about this link.
It came to me from exmormon
, which is slightly upsetting because that is supposed to be a no-proselytizing community, and I responded as gently as I
could. Still, it's hard for me because I read the about page
out loud to alienus
, and we laughed so hard my tummy hurts.
I know this is BS. My friends who are theists would say this is BS. Yet, what drives me up the wall, is there is a strong resemblance to this crap and what Christianity sells. The same rationality that leads all of us to reject that the Sun is vibrating towards the twelfth dimension is the same rationality that I used to determine that a rabbi who ran afoul of the Romans 2000 years ago did not magically take on all my sins through ritual and symbolic cannibalism every Sunday. Once your brain works, you see idiocy as idiocy. If you see through one, why not the other?
See, I'm an atheist. But so is EVERYONE. The difference is, I'm honest and consistent. See, all my Theist friends, they're atheists about every sect and religion they're not a part of. I know Mormons who make fun of Catholics, and vice versa, referring to each other's rituals as voodoo. And they all make fun of the New Agers, who are certainly rational thinkers when it comes to more traditional religions.
Consistency. Can we please be consistent and non-hypocritical about our beliefs? Is it really that hard?
In the end though, it comes down to the fact that people are going to want to believe what they want to believe. They will believe what makes them feel good and right and strong, regardless of all the evidence to the contrary. The self-congratulatory tone of that page, as if they held the only truth and were the only rational ones was just sickening. But is it any different from saying that you're the chosen people, or sending out thousands of young boys to convert people to the one true religion? Even I have that superior tone about me while writing this post, but I'm going to admit something right now. I could be wrong. I admit the possibility of error, and I study, and I look, and I am more than willing to hear out evidence that could shred my beliefs. But if you come at me with BS, I will call it such, cause it's not truth.
I don't claim to own the truth, and I don't claim it as my own. And as such, I expect the same courtesy. I don't want to hear about how this is my truth and your truth and it's all good truth. 'cause for something to be true, other things have to be false. Hypotheses have to be falsifiable. It's called the scientific method, and it really can be applied to all things. And i know there are moral relativists and pomos in my audience who are reading this and asking themselves why can't I just let people believe what they want. And I think it's mostly because I believe in the power of words and I know that if you put yourself out in the world, then you're subject to criticism. If you mislabel and misuse words like truth, then you should be called on it, and if you can't take it, well, go be a hermit, where you can stay in your little safety bubble and never have your truth popped.
I guess some people just feel they have to have some unique insight into truth that the rest of the world doesn't have. Look at the Trinity. It's not supposed to make sense, but if you take that leap of faith, you're in, and that's what's appealing. You're in, you're part of the group, and look at you, you have the truth, you own it, and the rest of the world is just wrong. But it's not rational. I don't claim to know it all, I just try and look at the evidence, and if it's false, I move on.
This post has gone on way longer than I intended it to, and I've probably pissed off and insulted 75% of my friends page, which wasn't my intent. Still, I'd like to hope that maybe, just maybe, I made someone think.