You just know something with a title like that is going to be infuriatingly smug about making some really bad rhetorical point, don’t you?
Either that or it’ll be something self-referential and sarcastic about something else which was smug and unconvincing.
Any guesses which you can expect from me?
I don’t have time to get a lot said here today, but I thought I’d share the germ of an idea that I plan to rant about at greater length in future (I know I say that a lot, but it’s often true. Some of the time. More often than never, anyway.)
Here’s a blog which begins by instructing you to laugh, and insists that you have no choice in the matter. It then explains the comical nature of atheists’ disbelief in God, and repetitiously observes that “God’s an awfully big guy to try to avoid”.
It’s never quite made clear what “big” means in this context, but it seems to be something more along the lines of “has a lot of things named after him” than, say, “really exists”. The author’s main point seems to be that the name of God can be found in all sorts of places, many of which are often used by atheists – such as the origins of the word “Goodbye”, or in the kind of blasphemous exclamation that might follow a painful accident involving a hammer.
So, leaving aside the comedy inherent in a denial of evolution consisting of the phrase “I personally do not believe Man came from globules in the ocean”, here’s the comment I left to this post, which is currently still awaiting moderation:
Excellent point! I have a quick question, though – what day of the week did you post this on? I only ask because, personally, I’d call it Wednesday – but that’s named for Woden, the god of Anglo-Saxon paganism until around the 7th century. And of course the current month, which most refer to as March, was named for Mars, the Roman god of war.
Now, I hope I’m not being too presumptuous if I surmise that you are a Christian, and don’t believe in the divinity of Woden, or of Mars, or of the various other Norse, Roman, or Greek gods I imagine you invoke regularly when referring to days of the week, months of the year, and so forth. So, do you find it hard avoiding all these other deities who permeate your world like this?
I mean, I said “goodbye” to a few people on Wednesday, a word which does indeed have its origins in reference to the Christian God – but it was Woden’s day all day, for 24 hours straight. I think he trumps your Jesus fella. (And he had an awesome beard too, for what it’s worth.)