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May 30, 2007

Those were the times we were hopping

(The title is my suggested alternate ending to the poem Footsteps in the Sand)

I read an excellent article a while ago: Ten Things Christians and Atheists Can – and Must – Agree On. I’d be interesting in hearing what other less sit-on-fence-y people think of it.

In vaguely-connected news, Amazon apparently thinks that an interest in comedy and sci-fi is likely to mean an interest in (or possibly hatred of) religion:

I can’t see the connection myself.

May 18, 2007

Friendly people and friendly debate

I was walking through the Tesco car park today when some guy stealing traffic cones in a trolley (cunningly disguised as a car park worker) asked if he could speak to me. I thought he was about to accuse me of something like shoplifting, kicking a stray dog or mugging an old lady.

Instead, he just wanted to quip that his generation were the ones who gave my generation long hair and beards, and now his generation had lost them (the guy was balding). He then said that his generation were also responsible for getting naked and dancing to loud music, and I’m sure he was secretly disappointed when I denied having any interest in dancing to loud music, naked or otherwise.

We chatted for a couple of minutes, and then I felt the need to get on without hearing the other parts of his life story. He never did accuse me of shoplifting a stray old lady.


The only other interesting thing that happened today was thinking of a counterargument to a Christian argument for why sin exists:

Non-Christian: Why is there sin in the world? Wouldn’t it have been better to have made us incapable of sinning?

Christian: Aha! God gave us free will, which allows us to sin if we choose to. Without the capacity to sin, we would not have free will.

Me: But what about when you go to Heaven? Surely you won’t be able to sin when you are there; are you suggesting you won’t have free will in heaven?

It’s possible to argue that we sin because of the temptation of Satan, and he won’t be there in Heaven, but what’s to stop some other angel from rebelling and starting the whole thing over again in Heaven?

Comments welcome.

May 16, 2007

Musings from a second–rate Second Coming

After Top B yesterday, next to the Hot Chocolate stall, some guy kept calling me Jesus. I totally missed the opportunity for an “I’m Jesus? LOL!” joke. Other comments I wasn’t sober enough to think of include the fact that I was wearing all black rather than the traditional messianic plain white of forgiveness, and anything involving the idea that Cliché Jesus and Jesus are different people (one talks about peace and forgiveness and is unlikely to have been a white caucasian, the other travels the world appearing in toast and befriending lepers).

If I were Jesus, I probably wouldn’t spend my time thinking of names for the chat-shows I’d almost inevitably be invited to host when the news got out. “Face to face with Faith’s true face” (subtitle “We’re going one-on-one with the One”) has the benefit of annoying the continuity announcers, while “Allah-bout Allah” is simple, but implies the wrong religion. “Al is I Am” or “Al-eluia” could work, but only if I keep my current name to some extent. There’s also probably something you could do with “Yahweh-t”, and “Logos” is simple enough that I feel I ought to be able to find a title it fits into.

Just for the record, I’m fairly sure I’m not actually Jesus. But on the off chance that I’m wrong, and I am in fact destined to herald in the End of Days, you should all repent from your sins and start a new relationship with me. Reading my blog is probably a good way to start. It’s quite hard to sin while reading blogs (although I’m sure the more dedicated sinners among you could manage to do so), and it could definitely be the start of a relationship if you don’t already know me. So in summary: sin is bad; the Apocalypse is potentially coming.

April 14, 2006

Questions on Christianity, part 2

Subtitle: Curiosity converted the cat

The last one of these did quite well: my Livejournal got 43 comments over a week or so, and my Warwick Blog is (just about) still alive now, with 164 comments at present.

For Christians:

What convinced you to become a Christian?
What is the biggest change it has made in your life?

For non-Christians:

What do you think it would take for you to be able to believe? Is there a certain level of proof that you would want?
What is the biggest problem you see with Christianity?

Ethical question (for both):

If you had the ability to change someone's mind about the existence of God, would it be ethical to use it?
If you were able to do this to just one person, who would you choose?

[ This post on my Christian-filled LiveJournal ]

February 19, 2006

Questions on Christianity

For Christians: how can you be confident in your beliefs? Is it possible that your beliefs are turning coincidence into the work of God?

For non-Christians: if you do not believe that Jesus was ressurrected, how do you explain the spread of early Christianity?

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