comments of the month


Given that I have nothing of any interest to say these days, I thought it would be nice to share three of my favourite comments from this month. (They’re all actually from today, but it didn’t sound so grand that way)

Let’s start with a delectable delight of curiously formal language from Cogitating Duck on Fide’s post, attempting to make the Christian god God as depicted in the Bible sound not so monstrous by using lots of big, unnecessary words:

I doubt the epistemic reliability of your “natural” reading strategy. I am supposing you read the Noah account in Genesis to conclude that God is monstrous and/or silly. But nowhere is it clear that God is commiting “murder,” the taking of innocent life, to start over again.

A reading that doesn’t even aim to have clear definitions of God, moral culpability, monstrosity, and historical context is on epistemic par with fundamentalist, literal, “plain meaning” interpretations. It may be you are relying on a faculty of knowledge that does not consist in evaluating context and situating a conclusion in a commensurable critical framework. But that will not do the legwork to claim knowledge as to what a biblical text means, let alone what actually classical or orthodox Christian views are.

Though you do not think so, a monstrous and silly God is the kind of charicature I think Debilis is talking about, and I am in accord with him that that is inconsistent with what the biblical text means, and what Christians classically have believed. I can supply some arguments on request, but it suffices for me for now to just lodge the critique of your natural reading.

Next up is a surprisingly sane comment from my blogging buddy InsanityBytes. Although why she chose to have a sane moment on Silenceofmind’s post is beyond me. Something to ponder for us atheists:

What surprises me is the cruelty of atheists and their cognitive dissonance about it. People clearly state over and over again that religion has meant the difference between life and death for them and then atheists come along and say, “no, religion is bad, you’re using it as a crutch.” That’s not true at all, but supposing it was? What kind of human being runs around trying to kick people’s crutches out from under them?

And the final piece of literary genius comes from the Ark himself. No context required.

I match your mangled pigeon and raise you two slightly out of focus doves.

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