Sunday, July 13, 2008

10 Tammuz 5768: Embrace Your Geekness Day

Greetings.

Worthy causes of the day: “Speak Out Against Logging that Threatens Martens and Other Wildlife” and “Stand Up for Prevention and Public Health!” (skimping on healthcare is a recipe for disaster).

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. “Man Claims God Uses Him To Cure Cancer, Raise Dead; Thousands”:  This is an article about a Pentecostal faith-healer.  It is a good sign that even fellow Pentecostals are skeptical about his claims of miracle cures.  Lack of evidence is a warning sign that something fishy is happening.
  2. “Man sues church, claiming spirit forced his fall”:  This does not sound so much like a religious fallacy as it does a failure to act responsibly.  If someone has a tendency to fall over when having a deep religious experience, does it make sense for him to continue having such experiences standing up?  It is perfectly possible to experience ecstasy while sitting down.  That the claimant blames his church for his own error suggests that these religious experiences have utterly failed in their function of making him a better person.
Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is the My Little Cthulhu Vinyl Figure . (If you don’t understand it, you probably don’t want to know anyway.) Enjoy and share the weirdness with a fan (or anti-fan) of H. P. Lovecraft.

Aaron
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