DOXASTIC OPENNESS “If you are a person of the same sort as myself, I should be glad to continue questioning you: If not, I can let it drop. Of what sort am I? One of those who would be glad to be refuted if I say anything untrue, and glad to refute anyone else who might speak untruly; but just as glad, mind you, to be refuted as to refute, since I regard the former as the greater benefit.” —Socrates in GorgiasShare
Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but – more frequently than not – struggles against the Divine Word….
Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and … know nothing but the word of God.
– Martin Luther
What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good and for the Christian church … a lie out of necessity, a useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be against God, he would accept them.
– Martin Luther
And just to show nothing in Christianity has really changed:
And the spirit of curiosity is not a good spirit. It is the spirit of dispersion, of distancing oneself from God, the spirit of talking too much. And Jesus also tells us something interesting: this spirit of curiosity, which is worldly, leads us to confusion.
– Pope Francis
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
– Thomas Paine
On the eve of the show we get another great Janetism:
I don’t throw money to the wind.Share
Have you ever noticed that exchanging profundity for popularity is so easy while exchanging popularity for profundity seems almost impossible? 🙂Share
Limit limitations not expectations. —R-U.S.Share
Fundamentalism has demonic traits. It destroys the humble honesty of the search for truth, it splits the conscience of its thoughtful adherents, and it makes them fanatical because they are forced to suppress elements of truth of which they are DIMLY aware. -P.T.Share
If happiness is the yardstick, one can find more of it through acceptance than unacceptance.Share
Exponentially one can gain more knowledge from failure than success. I say let’s go crash some rockets. 🙂Share
Lest we lose our focus, we should not lose too much weight on our shoulders. 😉Share
I’m looking forward to Comey’s testimony… FBI’m sure that when you Comey through all the facts there are many treasons to be suspicious! Trump’s lawyers have a tough Ukase on their hands because there’s no question that Trump, Kushner, Page and other Trump associates are in a big Cossack of t-Ruble. I won’t Minsk words… while everyone is saying “vodka hell is going on here,” Trump OKGB-ed Comrade Flynn to stay on as National Security Advisor for eighteen days after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates went Andropov-ed information that Flynn was compromised. The Trump campaign had several undisclosed contacts with the Russians… the entire administration should have to Kopeck and re-apply for their security clearances. Why?? Cosmonaut sure if they can be trusted! I don’t want to beluga the point about how bad this looks for Trump… but when push comes to Gorbachev this explains why that Prikaz such low approval numbers when you Sergay Americans. Trump even OKayGB-ed the Russian state-run media to attend a private meeting in the Oval Office while excluding reporters from the US… that’s a steaming pile of Bolshevik!! Trump is dis-Putin the Russian connections as a “hoax” and dismisses the possibility that (with help from the Russkies) he Stoli US election… he feels that too many people are Russian to judgment. Right Lenin media like Russia Limbaugh, Atilla the Hunnity and The Brietbart Ministry of Propaganda still think he’s the crème de la Kremlin and take the TASS-k of defending Trump very seriously. Trump says that USSR all getting borsht with the negative “fake news” stories (that’s why he’s sending so many czarcastic tweets). Still, there are way too many black Marx on the new administration… I believe that Trump should quit Stalin the investigation and stop his whiny Crimea river attitude. Trump thinks that the world Moscow-er over his every word… I’m Tsar-ry,but if Ukraine your neck and start paying attention you’ll see that Trump has accomplished nothing nyet.
The people who have a Lada-dee-da attitude make me want to sputnik-up my lunch (sorry if that sounds too Volga). I scream and Yeltsin so much about all this and I’ve really had Smirnoff of this crap… and I would love to perestroika up a conversation with Ms. Yates and Mr. Comey over a Glasnost of cold Siberia!
To those people still supporting Trump… I think Ural a bunch of idiots and I would Lavrov for you to Kislyak my buttski. I know I can be a Silovik goose sometimes and if you think my puns are Sochi-eezy…oh well, So-vi-etShare
Ignorance is bliss? Or put less succinctly, not knowing can be quite empowering if done correctly.Share
…how old we are, the years ahead are potentially better than the years behind. 🙂Share
Babble in progress…..
I have found that the more often I realize time is not on your side, the more time becomes available (to me). Just kidding.
Since time is not on my side, you should have much more time available (depending on how much time you have).Share
Perception is a key ingredient to knowing where the time goes. —R-U.S.Share
You are spilling stuff and you’re not even drunk or stoned. You are stoned sober.
Yoinked from Patheos Without Malice:
The resurrection stories presented in the gospels are simply not to be believed. If you examine the gospels themselves you’ll find the writers going into a lot of detail about events that have little if anything to do with our so-called salvation. In Mark, for example, Jesus rambles on and on about eunuchs, eunuchs for god’s sake. Yet the event of the resurrection, upon which the salvation of the entire world depends, is a story as threadbare as a beggar’s garments. And it’s the same in all the other gospels as well, although not to such a great extent. This makes no sense at all, neither does it make any sense that Jesus would supposedly preach and do miracles before thousands – providing a free lunch for ten thousand one day, and for five thousand the next – just to show that he is indeed the messiah, but when he returns from the grave in total glorious victory over death and hell and all that stuff, he runs away and hides out with his homeboys in Galilee. Anyone with half a brain would rightfully ask, “What the hell is going on here. How come he didn’t show himself to those who doubted, to those who crucified him? Why the hell didn’t he march right into Jerusalem and show his glorious self to the high priest and to Pilate?” There is no good answer for any of these questions, and not even a good answer for why they had to borrow the story of Romulus appearing to friends on the road to Rome after his own resurrection event and turn it into the Emmaus Road encounter. None of these stories sound real, they all sound like ad-hoc fictional narratives.