Monday, April 16, 2007

300 - Sunday

Honk Twice for Satan

1. Honk Twice for Satan
A real battle of good vs. evil in happened Connecticut when a tattoo shop owner decided to combat his neighbor's "Beep for Christ" sign with a sign of his own. The Christian shop owner had this to say, "His sign is not bothering me, but I know it's bothering Jesus."

Saint Pope

2. Saint Pope
Churchgoers are proving once again that they don't really care about the rules imposed by their own faith. Promoters for the saintification of the late Pope John Paul 2 are pressuring the current pope to put a rush on the sainting process despite the fact that church ruled dictate a five year waiting period before the process can even begin.

Where's the Proof Again?

3. Where's the Proof Again?
In order for a dead person to become officially sainted, it must be proved that he or she interceded on the behalf of a living person. Sister Marie Simon-Pierre claims that the symptoms of her Parkinson's disease disappeared after she prayed to the previous pope for help. Of course, this is an old logical fallacy; correlation does not necessarily imply causation.

Science vs. Faith

4. Science vs. Faith
Unfortunately, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre will never be able to prove that the dead pope healed her. Even more unfortunate: no amount of medical science will likely ever change her opinion. If she was in fact cured of her disease, real scientists might be able to determine the reason, and thereby help countless others. Submitted to the required examinations might be a test of her faith though.

Matter Plus Energy

5. Matter Plus Energy
In other news, researchers have finally disproved the scientifically accepted theory of how life on earth may have started.. Look like Jiff to me.



Mike EgoCock said...

Whenever someone is up for canonization, the church assigns some higher-up priest to act as the sort of "prosecutor" in the case, presenting evidence as to why the candidate should not be sainted in order to make sure their qualifications are sound. That person is called the Devil's Advocate, which is where the phrase comes from.

Anonymous said...

Faith, Science.. Two extremely flawed human trains of thought. The series of "Why"s that can be asked after any scientific or religious statement go on for infinity. Put simply, we know that science used to say the Earth was flat and this world was the center of the Universe. Religions, well, they're just another tool.
And let's just trace back and see where all the funding comes from that starts both big scientific movements or the (possibly) bigger religious movements. Evolution, Creation. We certainly had enough time as humans to get to the bottom of both. Most people, however, can't even get to the bottom of how Twinkies or Rice Krispies are made.
Let alone being able to understand physics, calculus, trigonometry etc..
What happened? This is probably the question everyone should start with. Both sides should stop the infighting, both sides should realize how flawed they both are.
These science vs. religion things always end up with the science people (most of whom are not scientists and get most of their knowledge from National Geographic and Public Schools) thinking that they're right, and the religious people (most of whom are neither actually religious, nor have they studied religions, they get their religions from what their families raise them in, or out of one book) thinking they're right. It's like AC/DC vs. Led Zeppelin. The battle rages on, but shall always end in a
stalemate. Heh, where did that come from...

Anonymous said...

I'm not clear on where the "flaws" of science lay. The central tennet of science is the ongoing quest for knowledge, based on the understanding that there is always more to learn. Certainly, individual studies or even theories can be flawed, but the idea of science is not.

"Science" did not say the earth was flat. Scientists as early as the 3rd century B.C. determined that the planet is spherical, and the general population did not actually believe the earth was flat. That's primarily a myth.

Science encourages critical
thinking and analysis of information, both of which tend to be lacking in religious debate.

Christopher said...

That is a clear summary of what I was planning to say. I've just been too busy to actually gat around to saying it.

rachel said...

it was me. sorry we missed you last week.