In the year 1950, an atheist and a talking monkey wandered past a street corner where a Calvinist was thumping his Bible and haranguing passers-by.
“Are you saved?” the Calvinist demanded in a stentorian basso profundo.
“I’m an agnostic atheist,” said the atheist, “because I’m open-minded enough to consider arguments for the existence of a god, but inductively I doubt such arguments, because all arguments have failed in the past.”
“You already *want* to be saved!” intoned the Calvinist,”You just don’t know it yet! You haven’t accepted the truth of the One True God.”
Posted in philosophy
Sometimes the important part of talent is to ignore the hustle and bustle of society and concentrate on patting an owl.
But at other times, the most important part of talent is the ability to recognize the talents of others.
GM has opened up a giant can of religious worms at: Continue reading
If one person who reads this book gets rich by doing what it tells him to do, that is evidence in support of my claim, but if every person who does what it tells him to do gets rich, that is positive proof until someone goes through the process and fails. The theory is true until the process fails, and this process will not fail, for everyone who does exactly what this book tells him to do will get rich.
-Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich, Chapter 4
[Comment: If any person actually did follow the instructions and fail, do you think Wattles would be objective and open-minded enough to consider the evidence fairly? I certainly doubt his objectivity!]
“he made lots of money, and had good health, except for his extreme frailty” in the last three years before his death. …
His death at age 51 was regarded as “untimely” by his daughter
[He] advocated the then-popular health theories of “The Great Masticator” Horace Fletcher as well as the “No-Breakfast Plan” of Edward Hooker Dewey, which he claimed to have applied to his own life. He wrote books outlining these principles and practices, giving them titles that described their content, such as _Health Through New Thought and Fasting_…
Wattles claimed that a large but finite number of people had heeded his advice on wealth, and had gotten rich thereby.
Wattles claimed a 100% success rate and a 0% failure rate on his wealth-building advice.
It may be that no one has ever failed to get rich by following Wattles’ advice on wealth. However,
it is certain that Wattles’ body was frail, and he died at an early age, despite following his own advice on health.
Thus Wattles’ advice on health was not infallible, at least in the special case of Wattles himself.
ESR has created a monster. Well, some of the folks who criticize his software claim that ESR has created MANY monsters, but in this case, I’m talking about how ESR’s rhetoric in The Cathedral and the Bazaar set off the much-vaunted Dark Enlightenment.
Taylor Ramage has some questions about writing God in genre fiction at:
to which my answer is:
A. J. Cronin.
I don’t know what the deal was with Scotland and novelists, but the same nation gave us Ivanhoe and The Citadel.
Cronin merits serious attention, and I have write about some other issues today, so I won’t get to it. But if you want a Christian novel to read, check out just about anything by A. J. Cronin.