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Posted: 06 June 2009 07:43 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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What if the Pope made a stunning announcement that Christianity is based on falsehoods, and that faith, in today’s society, is totally irrational and that from this point on the Christian faith (as an organized religion) will cease to exist… have a nice day. And accordingly, the leaders of all other major religions followed suit and made the same announcement.

How do you think the masses of the world would react? How would the world be different, say, 6 months from now than it is today?

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Posted: 06 June 2009 07:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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They would just get another Pope.

People will believe no matter what is said and by whom.

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Posted: 06 June 2009 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Conspiracy theories would abound. What’s in the drinking water? Is it alien being influence? Is the Muslim world somehow responsible and how? There would be speculations on all these theories dominating the airwaves.

There would also be marching a prayer vigils in the streets. Churches would have massive meetings and gatherings for prayer. Politicians would reassure their constituents that they will not abandon them or their faith.

And last but not least, there would be another surge of gun buying, like the one that occurred after Obama’s election victory.

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Posted: 07 June 2009 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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The level of authority in the Vatican is cast in steel and nothing will shake the conspiracy that the Catholic God is Number one with the others simply a thorn in their side.

We are beyond proving there is no God or Gods but the humans have been programmed for generations to fear this God to the end.  I love it when religion calls Atheism a conspiracy.  I’m accused of this on all fronts.  Looking to God for protection from disasters has put thumb screws on our brains.  There seems to be an automatic reaction of denial when a disaster hits and far too many humans fold up and pray.  After many generations of numbing our natural reflexes, we are getting less able to cope with many things. I have doubts about the survival of many in America.  Few are prepared to even admit economically we are in trouble.  They actually to church to pray for money. 

Should we be concerned with “devolution” within our species?  After all these years of trying to preserve American freedoms, I thew in the towel.  The latest action is to kill those we disagree with.  I learned years ago that killing in the name of Jesus Christ, et.al is justified.  There is no control more powerful that the fear of hell and damnation.  The Pope is a figurehead of the greatest conspiracy ever handed to the world. 

Christians can no longer argue for Jesus as their own actions are so corrupt as to be laughable.  We saw this under Bush and other tyrants. 

The number of Christians are decreasing but there are enough within the GOP to legislate their own sick bigotry.

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MrRon - 06 June 2009 11:43 AM

How do you think the masses of the world would react? How would the world be different, say, 6 months from now than it is today?

Ron

It would look like a scene from Dawn of the Dead simultaneously with Kool-Ade stock values shooting sky high.

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eudemonia - 06 June 2009 11:49 AM

They would just get another Pope.

A power vacuum would ensue.  It’s not about belief, it’s about power.  Belief is the ostensible reason for those who want power.  The same principle applies when a powerful position is vacated in any respect, whether it be a drug dealer or President of the United States.

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Posted: 12 June 2009 08:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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I think this would apply here-

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”

Seneca

Power it is.

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MrRon - 06 June 2009 11:43 AM

What if the Pope made a stunning announcement that Christianity is based on falsehoods,

They would take away his shoes!

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Posted: 12 June 2009 10:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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Do those red shoes mean that he is a commie? Or just a red state kind of a guy?

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eudemonia - 12 June 2009 02:17 PM

Do those red shoes mean that he is a commie? Or just a red state kind of a guy?

The entire outfit means he’s a fallible human being with bad fashion sense.

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MrRon - 06 June 2009 11:43 AM

What if the Pope made a stunning announcement that Christianity is based on falsehoods, and that faith, in today’s society, is totally irrational…

There’d be an announcement that the pressures of the job had unbalanced the Pope’s mind - he’d be declared irrational rather than the religion.
He’d be sent off for a long rest, with the blessing of his entire congregation.

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chris madden - 18 June 2009 05:18 PM

There’d be an announcement that the pressures of the job had unbalanced the Pope’s mind - he’d be declared irrational rather than the religion.
He’d be sent off for a long rest, with the blessing of his entire congregation.

That’s it!

and what I said.  grin

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Posted: 20 June 2009 10:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]  
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The above photo has been cropped so you can’t see the pool in front of them.  It is Friday, and the pope is at the U-Katchem Trout Farm.  He is just about to try and spear a fish for dinner.  (The next photo of him missing and falling in was confiscated by Vatican Security).

But truth is stranger than fiction.  Sam Harris writes:

“Consider the recent deliberations of the Roman Catholic Church on the doctrine of limbo.  Thirty top theologians from around the world recently met at the Vatican to discuss the question of what happens to babies who die without having undergone the sacred rite of baptism.  Since the Middle Ages, Catholics have believed that such babies go to a state of limbo, where they enjoy what St. Thomas Aquinas termed “natural happiness” forever.  This was in contrast to the opinion of St. Augustine, who believed that these unlucky infant souls would spend eternity in hell.

“Though limbo had no real foundation in scripture, and was never official Church doctrine, it has been a major part of the Catholic tradition for centuries.  In 1905, Pope Pius X appeared to fully endorse it: “Children who die without baptism go into limbo, where they do not enjoy God, but they do not suffer either.”  Now the great minds of the Church have convened to reconsider the matter.

“Can we even conceive of a project more intellectually forlorn than this?  Just imagine what these deliberations must be like.  Is there the slightest possibility that someone will present evidence indicating the eternal fate of unbaptized children after death?  How can any educated person think this anything but a hilarious, terrifying, and unconscionable waste of time?  When one considers the fact that this is the very institution that has produced and sheltered an elite army of child-molesters, the whole enterprise begins to exude a truly diabolical aura of misspent human energy.”

(Sam Harris writing in ‘LETTER TO A CHRISTIAN NATION’)

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Posted: 26 June 2009 09:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]  
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eudemonia - 12 June 2009 02:17 PM

Do those red shoes mean that he is a commie? Or just a red state kind of a guy?

He has to click them three times and then wish with all his heart—and bingo, he’s back home in Kansas.  Or, in his case, the Fatherland.

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Posted: 26 June 2009 12:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]  
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bigredfutbol - 26 June 2009 01:59 PM
eudemonia - 12 June 2009 02:17 PM

Do those red shoes mean that he is a commie? Or just a red state kind of a guy?

He has to click them three times and then wish with all his heart—and bingo, he’s back home in Kansas.  Or, in his case, the Fatherland.

. . . if he only had a heart.

. . . if he only had a brain.

or, in keeping with this topic . . . if he only had the courage to call off the whole charade.

charade n 3 : an empty or deceptive act or pretense

[ Edited: 26 June 2009 12:12 PM by unsmoked]
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