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Go to: God's soft white underbelly

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Comment 114 by jez999 : "The most common argument is that evil and suffering are necessary in order to know good, isn't it? If everything was good from square one, how would we know it was good? We'd just think everything was average."

Actually, in school grammar and at play we all learned that it's Good, Better, Best. Why need we invoke Evil to contrast Good ? Do you need crazy people outside your door just so you'll know you are sane? Do we need polluted drinking water to appreciate sparkling mineral water? Do wine snobs need to quaff a rough red now and again to appreciate their wine cellar? By God, Basil, evil stuff this cooking wine -it's amazing what some people will swallow.

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 20:55:15 UTC | #532638

Go to: God's soft white underbelly

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One God, so many sects. One Christianity, so many sects. Look in the book, The Yellow Pages, thousands of them, all tax-exempt and also all out for your cash.

The Big One is actually infallible and knows God's will (I wonder what the Queen, Head of Her Church, thinks when the Pope speaks Ex Cathedra...Oh dear, not that man in a frock again; no women priests but he dresses like one, like a queen indeed).

There used to be a Saint Philomena but the Church decided to cancel her. Some Popes believed in her but no Pope now calls her a saint . Does that mean that God changed his mind? Can God change his mind ? That could be good news for women:

"A Papal Bull Ex Cathedra: God has changed His Mind about women (and, incidently, apologises for not giving them any balls, not even one) and has decided that, in view of certain unforseen problems with the men, we are in great need of the natural caring character of women (He says men are real bastards and is sorry about that). Also I am getting a sex change...signed, His Holiness."

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 20:31:42 UTC | #529533

Go to: A response from Shermer

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Has anyone ever turned down a Templeton award, as in "No, thankyou"? An "Awardee" such as Paul Davies - was he the amoral, or apolitical, type who just takes the money and runs? Then again, it's interesting that the most prestigious award in the whole universe (The Nobel Prize) was not instigated by a university, nor even by the Vatican State, but by a man who marketed explosive materials. Was Samuel Beckett the only one who said no to it? "Absurd" he grumbled, did he not? - but I think they shoved it down his jumper, anyway.

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:54:59 UTC | #523306

Go to: UPDATED: Ratzinger is an enemy of humanity

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I nominate R.D. for The Anti-Templeton Prize for Science against Religion. There is no million dollars in prize money, just a braid of laurel leaves.

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 18:04:10 UTC | #521380

Go to: How can anyone fall for such transparent dishonesty?

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   And yet, Greene only became a Catholic by accident: he wanted to get into a certain Catholic girl's knickers and he had to marry her for that privilege which meant conversion to her church. Still he stayed the course which surprises me. But I'm sure we're veering well of the topic now perhaps.

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:45:02 UTC | #521215

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