Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2012 23:07 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Two weeks ago, my grandmother passed away - the last grandparent I had left. As those of you with experience in dealing with deceased family members know, the funeral is only the start; the next part is taking care of the deceased's affairs, which includes going through all their belongings to determine what to do with them. I took care of my grandmother's extensive book collection, and while doing so, I hit something that fascinated me to no end: a six-volume Christian Encyclopaedia from 1956. In it, I found something I just had to share with OSNews.
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zima
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2005-07-06

the character of Jesus basically says that he's wiping away all the laws and teachings of the past, and replacing them with one: "Love one another as the Lord loves you".
All through the New Testament are references to God loving everybody, and being an object of love rather than an object of fear. [...] "Love one another" is the only rule [...] "God loves you no matter who you are"

And the very same New Testament introduces hell (where you're sent also for quite petty reasons) - that worst, most terrifying monstrosity ever imagined by humans. Such a nice, loving guy...
(at most it just shows more how hypocritical that particular deity is, on top of being generally evil
http://groups.google.com/group/net.religion/msg/30925fd2c9a20cbd?
http://groups.google.com/group/net.origins/msg/ca73e0fd518a23f8
what kind of deity wouldn't even mention anything about proper hygiene, boiling of water, microscopic pathogens and their implications? NVM no mention of microorganisms in general - the dominating form of life on this planet, by biomass; human body containing an order of magnitude more bacterial cells than human ones)

Christianity says that the Old Testament isn't necessarily the truth, or relevant, or important anymore.

Yet, somehow, large part of weekly church homilies is focused around Old Testament myths, letting them stand on their own...


But overall, yeah, only minority (when counted by the number of adherents, not by group listing no matter how small each is) of Christian sects have some silly prejudices against science (which, BTW, seems to be essentially... blasphemous - since it accuses their deity of lying in holy texts; while via the world, nature around us, it says something quite different)


For example... the Catholic Church (which, while ridiculous in many ways - standing behind BS mythologies not even being nearly the worst - did also greatly contribute to preservation and progress of science; even if with some hiccups along the way), the largest Christian sect (close to half), is quite accommodating to evolution:

http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_jp02tc.htm Truth Cannot Contradict Truth (in context, one of those truths are the conclusions reached by evolutionary theory) Address of Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (quite worthwhile read - though, with 6., they're in for a surprise WRT to modern neuroscience, its tools like fMRI, exploring what "free" will and such mean)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/cti_document... by International Theological Commission, the body advising the pope - particularly "Adam is the symbol" and whole point 63.

Or the Vatican astronomer, Jesuit George Coyne: "Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be. If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science"


PS. Really, coining such poor taste neologisms like in your post, 3rdalbum, doesn't serve anything.

Edited 2012-06-10 11:57 UTC

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3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

PS. Really, coining such poor taste neologisms like in your post, 3rdalbum, doesn't serve anything.


Merely using the word "Jew" is racist, even though I'm using it to describe a set of people whose beliefs seem to be similar to those of Jewish people, except probably a bit more extreme? Wow. I guess I've learnt my lesson.

Otherwise, your post seems a little difficult to follow.

Also, I'll just point out that the concept of "hell" in the Bible is obviously apocryphal and really describes what happened to an infected corpse during one of the Dark Ages or Middle Ages epidemics (was taken outside the city, placed in a large hole and burnt). Any references to hell were added in subsequent centuries. Obviously. As an earlier poster said, you can't treat the Bible as an encyclopedia; that's another difference between reasonable Christians and the New Jews.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I called it poor taste, not racist - you did the latter. You brought to the forefront what kind of baggage "Jew" has; creating possibly derogatory terms on top of it would be passé by now, I'd think.

It's a matter of one's levels of intercultural sensitivity and intelligence.

Also, I'll just point out that the concept of "hell" in the Bible is obviously apocryphal and really describes what happened to an infected corpse during one of the Dark Ages or Middle Ages epidemics (was taken outside the city, placed in a large hole and burnt). Any references to hell were added in subsequent centuries. Obviously.

Utter nonsense (did you even read the links I threw in?)

New Testament, the times of "loving" Jesus, is when this ultimate threat of violence was introduced; and understood very directly (but then, it's just all silly myths - it's quite clear the early Christians thought the second coming will be during their lives)

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