perrin at apotheon.com
Sun Jul 25 20:15:42 UTC 2010
On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 11:20:23AM -0700, Chip Camden wrote:
> Quoth Chad Perrin on Sunday, 25 July 2010:
> > On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 11:54:37AM -0400, Alejandro Imass wrote:
> > I'd think a devout Christian would have much more reason to complain
> > about a Flying Spaghetti Monster (whose only purpose is to mock mystical
> > belief systems) than a Daemon, ...
> On the contrary, they fear competition much more than direct opposition.
> That's why the bloodiest religious wars are usually between similar systems.
> Thus, an opposing mythical symbol is more threatening, provided it's
> taken seriously -- the attempt to cast it seriously is an attempt to
> frame an enemy.
> Actually, the deeper, unspoken threat is that it won't be taken seriously
> -- providing a precedent for the demotion of all mythical symbols.
Allow me to rephrase:
"I'd think a devout Christian *who isn't an idiot* would have much more
reason to complain about a Flying Spaghetti Monster . . ."
Of course, I'm assuming that "devout" precludes being a pretender to
faithfulness who is only engaging in spiritually empty propaganda.
Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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