A theocracy is a political system where God and those that represent God are in charge. Is this a good idea? Imagine a religion where the most important rule is hopping on one leg for a half hour on Monday because that act is the most pleasing to God. Similarly, the act that God hates most of all is dyeing your hair brown. Does it make sense to make these rules expected for all the people in a country? Does religion belong in politics?
Question: What magic spell do you think is being cast on this baby?
Question: Why do people think it’s important to start immersing kids in religion at a young age?
Country Total Population Muslim percentage Number of Muslims
Afghanistan 33,609,937 99% 33,273,838
Jonathan Swift — ‘You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place.’
Read the meme above.
Many religious people think they are so important that God is watching them 24 hours a day to see if they tell a white lie or eat too many cookies. But it gets better. Not only is the creator of reality monitoring you all day, every day, but Satan, the personification of evil, is constantly tempting you to lie, overeat, swear, etc.
Vocabulary Question: What does the word personification mean in the paragraph above?
Content Question: Was Satan always seen as evil in the bible, or did this change over time?
Question: Is there any supernatural revelation going on here?
In an election tonight, Democrat Senator Warnock beat challenger Republican Walker for the Georgia senate seat. Midway through the evening, it was really close, so the Walker rally held a prayer circle:
All the ballots were already cast, so try to guess what they were praying for …
GOD: “Haven’t you read the bible? It tells exactly what you’re going to do and how I defeat you.”
Satan: “Yes, I’m totally not going to those things. I have a completely different plan now.”
The bible says the Jewish people are the apple of God’s eye, his specially chosen one among all the nations. This is often used on TV to raise money, because people are told God will bless them if they bless Israel financially. For example, we read:
Numbers 24:9New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition
- 9 He crouched; he lay down like a lion
and like a lioness; who will rouse him up?
Blessed is everyone who blesses you,
and cursed is everyone who curses you.”
Genesis 12:3New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition
- 3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Clearly, there is nothing wrong with financially supporting someone in need, but does it make sense to say the creator of all reality is waiting for you to send $50.00 to a particular group so he can open the vaults of heaven for you? It’s interesting too that the Christian groups asking for money for Israel often want the money to continue to spread the message of Jesus to Israel (eg., the Daystar network)! Does this inspire you to make a meme? Here’s a fun example:
Don’t underestimate the power of a meme just because it is short. We have powerful short ideas in Philosophy, all the way from the tiny fragments of the pre-Socratics to the short aphorisms of Nietzsche. Learn to get to the essence of your ideas. Heidegger said the fact we need books of 400 pages or more to express ourselves shows just how far we are from essential thinking.
One popular religious idea is that without God, life has no meaning or purpose. Pink Heretic replies with this meme:
What makes your life meaningful?
Have you ever wondered if religious people are really moral, doing the right thing because God is going to reward them with heaven, and not doing the wrong thing because they fear God will punish them? How much greater, then, is the secular person who does what is right without reward, or doesn’t do what is wrong even though there is no punishment? Is a child better if they clean their room to get their weekly allowance payment, or if they do it because it needs to be done? Here is a short quote that was shared by Darwin on twitter:
When we say something is absurd or makes no sense, we can also say it’s silly. Can you think of ideas that are incorrect, but also funny? Here is one about prayer: