Monday, February 25, 2013

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Andrew Sullivan gets it wrong again - premarital sex

In his article, Which Religions are Most Chaste,,  Sullivan makes a big mistake.  He takes data on "Reported Premarital Sex" and tries to make it into which religions are actually most chaste.  In fact, this is a chart on something more complicated.  It is a chart about how people in different religions self-report on premarital sex.  Anyone faced with being stoned to death for sex outside of marriage, as in the old testament, might think twice about how they self report their involvement in premarital sex. Again, he takes the facts and spins them to his alternate purpose.

No movie for old atheists

I'm talking, of course, about the big hit, The Life of Pi.

Why does God need to get layered on top of a good story?  The answer is in Pi.  God makes for better story telling.  God adds drama.  God adds passion.  God adds a villain.  God adds someone to yell at when you're all alone on a boat. At the end of it, my wife and I turned to each other and asked WTF?

Does it make you believe?  Not at all.  It simply lifts the veil on how stories are constructed.  You know what would have made an even better story?  Talking animals.  I mean if the point is to tell a good story, then why not?

Not my favorite movie of the year.