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Life in Lubbock, Texas taught me two things:

one is that God loves you
and you're going to hell;

the other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on Earth
and you should save it for someone you love.


-- attributed to Butch Hancock, The Flatlanders
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Wow. I guess I'm a Muslim and didn't even know it. This gem was pulled from "Fundamentalists Say the Darndest Things":
"No, everyone is born Christian. Only later in life do people choose to stray from Jesus and worship satan instead. Atheists have the greatest "cover" of all, they insist they believe in no god yet most polls done and the latest research indicates that they are actually a different sect of Muslims."
And if that didn't get you saying "huh??", how about these taken from antitheism:
"One does not have to read well, one merely must believe; often the mentally challenged are quicker to believe than others." -- Rosemond.com

"Your belief is reality. I've yet to see anybody prove that reality exists." -- Ted Seeber

"Atheism is a bizaare claim. I percieve it the same as if someone told me they could not make themselves invisible." -- Dr. Sinister
Why do I hear a voice in my head saying "Your brain will explode in 10 seconds. 10...9...?"
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How do you feel about the king in this story? )
le_bebna_kamni: (Army)
I'm in kind of a bad mood today, so I'm just going to post a rambling rant that doesn't really fit with my normal concept of good, structured writing.

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Mind )
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Today while I was pondering an interesting Jesus-related historical question I ran across another of the typical sites trying to prove that the Jesus resurrection story happened exactly as the Bible told it. A common and overused argument relies on two facts:
1) the eye-witness accounts: i.e., people actually saw Jesus resurrected, therefore it must really have happened.

2) so many people believed it. If it weren't true, wouldn't someone have set them straight?
Based on these two assumptions, I would like to share a startling revelation I just had today:

Elvis Lives!


According to Fox News, 25 years after Elvis's reported death, 8% of Americans believe that Elvis is still alive, and 11% are unsure. That's 19% (almost 1 out of 5 people) that aren't completely convinced that Elvis is dead. To put this in perspective, by A.D. 100 (about 70 years after Jesus's death) there were an estimated 1 million Christians in the Roman empire, out of a population of 181 million*. That's only .6% of the population that were convinced Jesus wasn't dead.

Still don't believe me? Well how about this evidence:

Reading the four Gospels shows that there are less than 20 people credited either by name or as part of "the eleven" who saw the resurrected Jesus. A generous interpretation of John might yield an estimate of 50 people who saw Jesus before he ascended**. Given that The Elvis Sighting Bulletin Board is up to 688 sightings now, I think it's clear that Elvis must be alive.
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*From Google Answers.

**This assumes that there were people who followed Jesus who did not see him resurrected. If we want to be skeptical and say that no one believed without seeing, we can cap the number of eye-witnesses to at most 120 (Acts 1:15).
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Book #14: The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
Some spoilers, if you don't already know the basis for the plot )

I'd like to recommend an article from a very reasonable-sounding Christian in regards to the book, which I highly enjoyed: "Dancing With Da Vinci"

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