Oblivious tweet of the day

Honestly, I marvel some days at Albert the Pious’ total obliviousness. He’s correct, so far as he goes, but he clearly doesn’t understand that the same is true of the moral code set out in the Ten Commandments and the New Testament.

All moral codes are no more than this: the common-sense consensus about the behaviors needful for the survival of the group or tribe. Thus, the first five of the Ten Commandments concern piety and worship, the indispensable elements of the Jewish tribe’s survival. Similarly, the 1st-Century Christian cult, like contemporary cults all around the world, were adamant that the group came first and your spouse and children got the leftovers.

Some of the sharpest contemporary moral debates center upon the question, Who is my tribe? Thus, an abortion may be a very good thing for a family group that can’t afford a child or doesn’t wish to interrupt an education. But it’s a very bad thing for churches, because that’s somebody who won’t be around to help assure the persistence of the religion and its Holy Men.

The benchmark for all moral codes is the well-being and survival of the group, and the most painful moral disputes center upon the identity of the group whose well-being should be given priority.

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Quote for the day

How a theologian today can have a good conscience with his Christianity is incomprehensible and inaccessible to me …

This is from Volume 16 of Friedrich Nietzsche’s notebooks, an unpublished remark from June-July of 1885.

I’ve been acquiring the set as it is published, and this passage provoked two reactions in me when I encountered it.

  • Recognition, because I’ve had the identical thought through the years. Do the professors at the local seminary really not know that they’re frauds, or do they not care?

  • This was written almost 150-years ago — before the invention of, even, the automobile. How does theological nonsense even persist when it ought to be as disreputable as alchemy?

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Totally moronic quote for the day

Some of you have probably wondered from time-to-time, “What’s with Michelle Bachmann these days? Does she still say painfully stupid things?”

Oh, man … yes, she is still around, and she still says things so stupid it makes your ears hurt.

I would encourage pastors to start preaching on this issue of climate change and God’s view of climate change. The very covenant was established by God and Noah. And that covenant was that sin was so gross in the world that God had to bring about judgment, and then he had to bring about salvation, and from there came Abraham. God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his covenant and he said very clearly to the entire world, ‘Never again will there be judgment, never again will the world be flooded.

“You can take it to the bank, that’s God’s word. And what is it these frauds tells us with climate change? That the world’s going to be flooded. Isn’t it interesting they’re saying it’s going to be another catastrophe, it’s flooding, we’re going to be flooded? God says we will never be flooded.

I want to challenge every pastor listening, would you please give a sermon on climate change and God’s view of climate change? This isn’t being political, this is being biblical, and I am begging the pastors who are listening, be biblical on issue after issue after issue. Be biblical because God’s people are perishing because of lack of knowledge, and the greatest antidote to deception is knowledge. And that’s why we need the pulpits to prepare people with what the Bible says about truth.

There you go: Some Bronze Age anonymity’s Invisible Friend told him ‘no more floods,’ so not to worry. Alternatively — and more sensibly, I think — you should now be really worried because you live in country where an awful lot of people don’t know that Michelle Bachmann is a hopeless moron, and she earns good money being stupid.

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Friedrich Nietzsche, b. 1844-Oct-15

I’ve sat through exactly one sermon in my life that I got something worthwhile out of — the sermon when the pastor read out a list of writers whose books no decent, godly person should allow in his home. I can’t remember the entire list now, but there was only one writer whose books I didn’t already have: Friedrich Nietzsche.

So I picked-up a copy of Twilight of the Idols next time I was at Barnes & Noble, and I’m glad I did. Nietzsche was a true freak-of-nature genius, and his frank contempt for pious buffoons is endlessly refreshing.

  • Plato was a bore.

  • Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.

  • He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

  • In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

  • To the sort of men who reach out for power under Judaism and Christianity, — that is to say, to the priestly class — decadence is no more than a means to an end. Men of this sort have a vital interest in making mankind sick, and in confusing the values of “good” and “bad,” “true” and “false” in a manner that is not only dangerous to life, but also slanders it.

  • The ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ is a condition of the heart — not something that comes ‘upon the earth’ or ‘after death’.

  • The very word “Christianity” is a misunderstanding — in truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.

  • “Faith” means not wanting to know.

  • The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

  • A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

  • In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

  • There are no moral facts.

  • Christianity destroyed for us the whole harvest of ancient civilization, and later it also destroyed for us the whole harvest of Mohammedan civilization.

  • I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty — I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind.

You get the idea. Nietzsche was the first to grasp — or, at least, to say aloud — that Christianity could not possibly survive the confluence of the revival in the 1850s of critical scholarship applied to the ancient texts which comprise the Bible, and Darwin’s theory of evolution; events have proved him correct.

That is why the Pious have ever since blackened his name. Reality always has the last word, however.

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This post is re-published annually on October 15th.

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Entertaining Trump’s cult

This video was shown this weekend at a conference of Trump supporters that was held at a Miami-area golf course owned by Trump, and apparently was well-received.

This goes past tasteless; after all, numerous news outlets have been forced to hire bodyguards to protect their journalists at Trump rallies. Can there be any realistic doubt that many of Trump’s supporters fantasize about violence against reporters? No, there can’t be any doubt; didn’t one of them make a video depicting exactly that?

Though this video has been a headline for more than 24-hours now, Trump has yet to tweet his dismay at being represented killing journalists.

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