Saturday, May 26, 2007
Vegetarian dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden
I don't like to make fun of deeply-held beliefs, but this is really scary! Do they explain why no dinosaurs made it onto the Ark?
From the article:
An Australian who found "Young Earth" creationism while teaching science to school children in Brisbane, Ham, 55, came to the United States in 1987 to spread the word of Biblical truth.Dinosaur bones were fossilized very quickly you see, because the flood waters were so strong and all. You know how Superman crushes coal in his fist and turns it into diamonds? Yeah, it's kind of like that.
His fundamentalist evangelical ministry -- Answers in Genesis -- publishes dozens of books, DVDs and curriculums every year teaching Christians how to defend their faith by refuting evolution.
These glossy publications offer what they call scientific proof that the Earth is just 6,000 years old; the Grand Canyon was formed when a natural dam burst under the weight of Noah's floodwaters 4,300 years ago; and that all animals -- including the Tyrannosaurus rex -- were vegetarian before the fall of Adam and Eve brought sin into the world.
The photo is from the Yahoo article linked above. Thanks to Cristina Bauss for the link to the article.
Just what this country needed.
Well, I believe Muslims share the fundy creationist belief, so I've done that with this thread. I'm not sure how many Jews are creationists, but their approach to the Bible is dramatically different from Christianity's.
In any case, most self-identified Christians in this country don't believe that the universe is less than 10 thousand years old. Otherwise, we could only see two or three stars in our sky. It's not the Christian belief we're talking about, but a minority Christian belief.
I don't know much about Hindi or Budhist belief systems, but I will note that while in college I encountere a rather annoying Budhist sect which passes out cards that say "nameyohorengikyo" (phonetic from memory) and teach you that you can have money, girls, and power through the power of chanting. I believe that Tina Turner is a member of that sect.
As soon as they take over the Federal Government and try to get their nutty religious beliefs taught as science in our public schools, I'll be happy to mock them as well.
I don't know if it's their official name, but everyone called them Hare Krishnas when I lived in Orange County back in the 60s and 70s. That was when seemed to just show up out of nowhere but would be seen all over in their white robes.
In fact, I think the H.K.s were an offshoot of Hinduism rather than Budhism.
The attacks on Christianity are justified but so are the attacks on Judaism and Islam and one rarely sees any movies criticizing Judaism let alone Israel in this country.
This is Pentecost so appropriately enough I am predicting here the inevitable demise of all traditional Abrahamic religions as all three are based on religious myths of origin taken as real history. Coming soon will be historical discovery making any criticism by Jews or Muslims or Christians of any other Abrahamic religion a laughable miscarriage of foundational knowledge with Abrahamics claiming monotheism yet incorporating pagan gods and goddesses right and left into their foundational stories.
All will be revealed..
The Quarrel, The Chosen, Hanna K., Syriana, and about half a dozen films I've seen at the Jewish Film Festival which plays at the Castro annually in SF. That's off the top of my head.
They were nice people who seemed to be flat out broke all the time - hence the appeal for that "religion", but they never hit me up for anything either. Definately not Krishna's
It's difficult to have any meaningful dialog with people who have to have the last say or "win" the argument no matter what. They aren't paying any attention to the information you state that backs up you opinion except as targets for them to rebut and counter. In other words, there's no real communication going on--just another arena battle bringing out animal instincts to compete and win without reaching any higher intellectual level.
So, eric, have your last say, win your day in court, but know that this person is not fond of operating at the butt heads level. Need more intellectual satisfaction in the quest for truth than you can give me, i.e., talking realistically about common criticism of anti-Christian bias in Hollywood that can be backed up by listing the number of anti-Christian Hollywood films put out by Jewish producers vs. the number of anti-Judaism Hollywood films put out by anybody,
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