Deranged quote for the day

No, no. Some say that [anthropogenic climate change is real] and some say differently. I mean, you have scientists on both sides of it. My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture.

Donald Trump

Uh-huh. Not only is this dangerous, it’s insulting to the people who actually have done the hard work of understanding science.

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The post-Patterson SBC

Regular readers will recall that, a few months back, I devoted several posts to the slow-motion public collapse of SBC biggie Paige Patterson, the president of the denomination’s Southwestern Seminary and a co-leader of the so-called Conservative Resurgence that drove-out so many of the denomination’s smartest and most capable people. Wade Burleson, a Southern Baptist pastor and one of the few who doesn’t irritate me, speculates about the post-Patterson future.

In the Southern Baptist world, at least for the past forty years (1978 – 2018), opposition to Paige Patterson meant occupational, personal, and vocational banishment.

The forty years of wandering in a spiritual desert are officially over for the Southern Baptist Convention. The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will open the doors to their first plenary session since the historic 2018 Southern Baptist Convention.

They will have to answer some questions of their alleged “oversight” of former President Paige Patterson while he served as President of their institution, all the while seeking to control every other institution in the SBC world.

I started this blog in 2005 when I saw for myself how Patterson lackeys fawned over him and did his bidding in banishing opposition from positions of leadership. For nearly 15 years I’ve been writing of the travesty of what our Convention has become.

Finally, people have listened.

I wish I could feel optimistic that the SBC will cease to be a destructive presence — but I’m skeptical. After all, membership in the SBC is wholly voluntary — and Patterson was able to exercise cult-like, near-dictatorial control because the SBC is comprised of the sort of people who like to be told what to do and allowed him to exercise dictator-like control. I wish them the best, but the most likely future is a few years of jostling and turmoil and then the appearance of another Patterson-like figure — because that’s what history suggests Southern Baptists actually want.

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Tweet for the day

The Donald: Always keeping it classy.

Horseface? Will the national embarrassment of Donald Trump never end?

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Quote for the day

It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers — who knows?

Donald Trump

And that’s that — the United States will do nothing about the brazen execution by Saudi Arabia of an “enemy of the people.”

Remember this on Election Day, and vote for the annihilation of the now anti-American Republican Party.

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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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