This sounds about right…
This sounds about right…
Note: I (half-heartedly) apologize to all of my Mormon friends for what I’m about to write. You can just breeze on past this.
Let’s talk about Mitt Romney’s deceased father-in-law Edward Davies.
…Edward Davies, Ann Romney’s Welsh father, was an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur who worked on designs for the Gemini space program and helped outfit aircraft carriers. He eventually became the mayor of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was also a resolute atheist who insisted that his family be raised without participating in an organized religion. “He would say: ‘I’m a scientist, show me the proof’,” a former co-worker told the Telegraph. Davies thought of religion as “drudgery and hogwash,” according to Boston Globe, and his son Roderick told the paper that Davies “considered people who were religious to be weak in the knees.”
Jimmy Fallon was hosting it. Is it just me, or is that the most adorable 40 year old white man in the country? I think he is precious as can be with his cute little self. And he always just seems so happy to be wherever he is. Can I be there too? We can be so happy together.
SNL was boo boo as usual. I don’t even know why I watch. I basically just cross my fingers for Stefon or Anything Amazing Involving Kristen Wiig. I was borderline amused by the Tim Tebow and Jesus skit they tacked on at the end though.
Obviously that didn’t go over so well with the Christians :-/
He broke down at a concert last week to say he was taking a break from music to do a traditional, two-year mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You can watch the video from TMZ…
…but really all you need to know is he’s putting his singing career on hold “not because somebody told me that I was supposed to do it, not because that I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because it’s the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life.”
I’m not saying it has anything to do with the fact that he got dropped from his record label, his last album sold seven copies, and he has nothing better to do right now. Nah, I’m not gonna say that. But what is a Mormon mission anyway?
An apatheist may justify their decision using one of these perspectives, or they may combine all of the below to create their own attitude towards faith.
Absence of religious motivation
This apatheistic argument states that morals are present in human society and do not rely on religion to be a part of the human experience. The existence or nonexistence of a god has no effect on the actions of humans and may actually cause more human suffering than benefit. Apatheists recognize that religion may provide a “comfort” for many people around the world, but apatheists do not need religion to be content with the morality of their lives and therefore live without it. This is known as “moral apatheism”.
Indifference is better known as Indifferentism, the belief that all religions are equal in value. Use of indifferentism in this context was popularized by Kant in his Critique of Pure Reason. Kant argues that indifferentism represents an extreme form of skepticism that argues that there is no rational ground for accepting any philosophical position. According to the Catholic Church, this type of absolute indifferentism results in a willingness to concede any position. It is often associated with moral relativism.
The Catholic Church ascribes indifferentism to all atheistic, materialistic, pantheistic, and agnostic philosophies, as well as pluralist religious philosophy, such as that espoused by Rousseau.
Indifference is the perspective exemplified by the following statement: “Since the existence of God can never be proven, nor can it be disproven, I won’t waste my time asking questions to which there are no answers.”
This argument takes a more scientific perspective, criticizing blind faith (faith without logical evidence to support it). It argues that if God wanted people to believe in him, he could demonstrate his existence with miracles, and explain his plan for humanity. Being all powerful, if he truly wanted humans to believe, he could send a divine sign. Since he does not seem to care if humans believe or not, apatheists will not care until he shows them a reason to.
Well, I just saw Jesus in a dog’s butt:
Take that, religion.
If an atheist ran for president, a recent poll suggests, he or she wouldn’t win many votes.
That might be at least partly because of the main reason religious people dislike atheists: They think nonbelievers can’t be trusted, according to a new study.
“Where there are religious majorities — that is, in most of the world — atheists are among the least trusted people,” said the study’s lead author, Will M. Gervais, a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia, in a press release from the University of Oregon, where a co-author is an assistant professor. The research was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. (cont.)
I grew up in a Christian household, so that’s where I have the most experience. Let me just point out why Christians shouldn’t automatically be trusted.
Whelp. They say “Don’t mess with Texas.” So I won’t.
I guess that’s no more SXSW for me.