You-can’t-make-this-stuff-up department

So: In Pakistan there is a Holy Man who claims to be able to restore the dead to life. So far as it goes, that’s humdrum stuff; any genuine-article Holy Man can restore the dead to life, right?

He decides to put on a demo, and rejects the idea of going to the morgue and restoring to life just any ol’ corpse. No. He decides that for real drama he has to cut somebody’s throat in front of an audience, and not just anybody’s throat. No. It has to belong to a man who is married and has lots of children, because that raises the stakes; a failure would have some real consequences.

Sabir said 40-year-old Muhammad Niaz, a daily wage worker and father of six children, volunteered for the miracle.

On Wednesday, Niaz was placed on a table in a square and his hands and legs were bound.

The police spokesman said Sabir then sliced his throat as people looked on.

Meanwhile, an anonymous caller informed the police about ‘the miracle.’ The spokesman by the time police reached, Niaz had died.

Witnesses said Sabir uttered some words to bring him back to life. They said when he realized his ‘miracle’ had not worked, he tried to flee.

He was detained by the villagers and handed over to the police.

Faith kills.

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The Will to Power

Book One: History of European Nihilism
II: Nihilism

§ 75 An able craftsman or scholar cuts a fine figure when he takes pride in his art and looks on life content and satisfied. But nothing looks more wretched than when a shoemaker or schoolmaster gives us to understand with a suffering mien that he was really born for something better. There is nothing better than what is good — and good is having some ability and using that to create, Tuchtigkeit or virtu in the Italian Renaissance sense.

Today, in our time when the state has an absurdly fat stomach, there are in all fields and departments, in addition to the real workers, also “representatives”; e.g., besides the scholars also scribblers, besides the suffering classes also garrulous, boastful peter-do-wells who “represent” this suffering, not to speak of the professional politicians who are well off while “representing” distress with powerful lungs before a parliament. Our modern life is extremely expensive owing to the large number of intermediaries; in an ancient city, on the other hand, and, echoing that, also in many cities in Spain and Italy, one appeared oneself and would have given a hoot to such modern representatives and intermediaries–or a kick!

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Faith v. evidence

There is an instructive discussion underway over at SBC Voices, where the Godly are debating Young Earth Creationism v. Old Earth Creationism. Read it and weep; these yahoos actually think they’re having an informed, educated conversation.

Seriously: They have no idea they are ignoramuses parsing childish fairy tales.

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The Will to Power

Book One: History of European Nihilism
II: Nihilism

§ 74 Toward a characterization of “modernity.” — Overabundant development of intermediary forms; atrophy of types; traditions break off, schools; the overlordship of the instincts (prepared philosophically: the unconscious worth more) after the will power, the willing of end and means, has been weakened.

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The end of the mystique, ctd

Church choirs are disappearing because they’re too costly.

“Practically, if a choir is going to be top shelf, people have to come at least one night a week and rehearse at least two hours. Then, a top-shelf choir is going to want to sing every service and do Christmas cantatas and special events,” said Merritt.

“That takes staff, an orchestra, a big enough stage. That costs money. When we were starting up in 2003, we decided we would be better stewards not to invest in that.”

Well … I dunno. I’m okay with never hearing Shall We Gather At The River? again, in my judgment the worst hymn ever written, and which cannot be presented in a way that makes it tolerable, but my ears always prick-up for Amazing Grace, which, conversely, is almost impossible to ruin.

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