Thursday, March 23, 2006

why do Christians not use their brains?

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell.

Today I got my Texas Freedom Network newsletter with this quote from the televangelist Pat Robertson:

"They are racists, murderers, sexual deviants and supporters of Al-Qaeda -- and they could be teaching your kids! . . . These guys are out and out communists, they are radicals, they are, you know, some of them killers, and they are propagandists of the first order . . . you don't want your child to be brainwashed by these radicals, you just don't want it to happen. Not only brainwashed but beat up, they beat these people up, cower them into submission. AGGGHHH!!!!"

--Rev. Pat Robertson, attacking "radical" liberal professors on the March 21 episode of his show, The 700 Club.

I don't know about you, but... it got me thinking about a main reason why we have such problem with the attacks on science by certain religious fundamentalists, and how so much of the mainstream Christian crowd has followed them blindly along without much real understanding, is that Christians almost universally give other Christians more credit than any non-Christian. It's like somehow calling oneself a Christian automatically invokes some aura of authority, a spiritual verity that a non-Christian can't have. In a sense, those who bear the Spirit of Truth and follow the Way do have such an authority. But we are also told to test the spirits, to be as wise as serpents yet gentle as lambs, and that there are many who will claim "Lord Lord" who Jesus will dismiss in the end, saying he doesn't even know them.

Millions of people watch Pat Robertson. Why do supposedly educated Americans/Christians follow this garbage? You may as well be watching the devil masquerading as a preacher man. Get your brain out, Christians, and put it into action!

Science rescued our world from superstition and brought us so many technological, medical, and agricultural advances. Science can not progress with superstition, preconceived cooked up answers (like intelligent design) and attitudes like "well if I can't understand it, God had to do it." God is involved in everything, and yet the natural realm and supernatural must be separated, non-overlapping magisteria as Stephen Jay Gould called them. Robertson was relaying info based on a new book about "The Professors: the 101 most dangerous academics in America" ( We need a book about the 101 most dangerous Christians to the faith...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There was also a letter to the Editor (Atascocita Observer) last week talking about several professors across the nation who were basically out to overthrow the government. This may have been where the author of the ltr to the editor had retrieved that information. The one that stuck in my mind was a professor at the Univ of TX at Arlington, a Mexican prof who was out to rid the world of all gringos. Hmm, I need to do some research. I'll see if I can find that and send it to you.

Wendee, you are the Ms Indiana Jones of Atascocita. I enjoy your blog. God speed on your Peruvian adventure.