Think of religion being like a movie. The Torah is the first one, and the New Testament is the sequel. Then the Qu’ran comes out, and it retcons the last one like it never happened. There’s still Jesus, but he’s not the main character anymore, and the messiah hasn’t shown up yet.
Jews like the first movie, but ignored the sequels, Christians think you need to watch the first two, but the third one doesn’t count, Muslims think the third one was the best, and Mormons liked the second one so much they wrote fanfiction that doesn’t fit with ANY of the series canon.
You Bet Your Soul of the Day: The Game Show Network announced today that it has tapped Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? host and redneck taxonomist Jeff Foxworthy to present a bible-themed quiz show called The American Bible Challenge.
According to GSN’s press release, the show is “designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life and culture,” and will feature teams of contestants representing “worthy faith-based organizations.”
Chiming in, Foxworthy said The American Bible Challenge offers an “opportunity to present the Bible in a fun and entertaining way.”
The show is being produced for GSN by RelativityREAL, a company best known for producing the arguably illegal Showtime reality series Gigolos.
The extreme irony of this is that I bet representatives from almost any Athiest group would blow away contestants from “worthy faith-based organizations,” haha.
First you have the event, if there was one.
Then you have the observer.
Then you have the observer’s interpretation.
Then you have his written account of his interpretation of what the observer observed.
Then you have the interpretation of the interpretation of what the observer observed.
Then you have the interpretation of the interpretation of the interpretation of what the observer observed.
And then… well… you get my point…
We come pretty far down the chain.
On the Possibility of a Republican Woman President
I know it probably will not happen for this election, but there is a definite possibility of a woman from the Republican party being elected in the future. This had me thinking that if one got elected, would we really be electing them? According to the two current probables (Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann) and a lot of the modern Christians that share their beliefs, maybe not.
The Bible lays out a clear marriage hierarchy throughout the books. Here are some examples (emphasis mine):
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. - Ephesians 5:22-24 (NIV)
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. - 1 Peter 3:7 (NIV)
But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. - 1 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV)
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” - Genesis 3:16 (NIV)
While most do not take verses like these as explicitly literal, it’s close. Some of these verses are read at most Christian wedding ceremonies, and many couples base their marriage on them. How would this affect decision making in the White House? By most interpretations, the First Gentlemen should have final say on any decisions being made. This is disconcerting to say the least. Michele Bachmann has already demonstrated that this is a possibility. She has said that she only pursued a law degree because her husband, Marcus, told her to (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/07/06/261363/bachmann-women-submissive-to-husbands/).
This subject has been covered in a few liberal blogs but no real main stream media coverage. It even got brought up in a national debate, but was quickly deflected and dismissed without following through (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/12/michele-bachmann-deflects-submissive-question-at-gop-debate.html). I understand why this has not really been discussed, because the Bible is seen as untouchable and any Republican who would speak out against its teachings would surely lose votes. But I think this is important and needs to be explored further.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.