religion – Page 2 – chris nelson dot ca
Oct 062005

This Times article is interesting – Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible. They haven’t gone crazy and renounced the virgin birth or anything like that, but they have said that “We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision”. This is contrary to the views of much of the Christian right here in the US, many seem to want to revert back to the days of literal biblical translation.

That is not to say of course that there is not valuable literal information in the bible. The bible, as well as other religious texts, have been great resources for historians. For example, The Hittites and King Belshazzar were thought to be biblical myths until archeology records were found that proved the bible was accurate. But the idea that the bible should be relied upon as a scientific or historical guide is ridiculous. That was never the purpose of the book.

Roman Catholic Church also touches on views and feuds from thousands of years ago, and how they should not be used today. They specifically quote Matthew 27:25, �His blood be on us and on our children� and say it must never be used again as a pretext to treat Jewish people with contempt. They also mention Genesis iii 16, which some have seen as a curse on woman – �I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.�

This has been a good step for the church. The primary purpose of the bible is to guide, teach, and inspire. To expect scientific facts and figures from a text that is thousand of years old, and translated many times, is nescient. Yes, I’m using both definitions.

Apr 042005

My sister in law opened up yesterday’s paper and said “Someone Pope’ed all over the paper”. I laughed and am going to hell.

A whitey like me doesn’t have much ceremony in life, so it is good to live in a hispanic neighborhood. After the pope died, mini shrines of candles, flowers, and a chalk messages popped up around 25th street. It was a nice gesture and reminded me how much John Paul II meant to some people.

Sep 282004

Your links of the day:

Keats’ project asks some serious scientific questions — and no small number of religious ones: If evolutionary theory is accurate, then God’s genetic makeup should most resemble Earth’s first life forms. Or, if creationists are right, then God’s DNA is more like the life forms he created in his own image. Finding God’s DNA.

Another good article at Wired: The Crusade Against Evolution

Yet more DNA news: Evidence that people have been promiscuous for a long time

And, just because I find O’Reilly to be a pompus jackass:
The folks at Comedy Central were annoyed when Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly kept referring to “The Daily Show” audience as “stoned slackers.” So they did a little research. And guess whose audience is more educated?

Sep 192004

My new testament might be a bit rusty, but I think Jimmy Swaggart might be even rustier than I: I’m trying to find the correct name for it … this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. … I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God he died.”

What a charming fellow!

Jun 132004

Sunday afternoons are quite enjoyable with public radio. First up is This American Life, then The Next Big Thing, then Sounds Eclectic. An easy way to get your weekly recommended intake of stories, cultural examination, art, and great music.

Watched Saved! on Friday night. It was thoroughly enjoyable. I suspect my enjoyment of the movie had to do a lot with my past; I went to a christian high school. It was as if they took every ounce of absurdity, hypocrisy, and bureaucracy from that experience and turned it into a movie.

Managed to make it out to the Hillcrest Farmers Market. Everytime I go, I think, “why the hell are you not here every Sunday?” Great produce, good prices, nice interaction. I bought some dark roast mate, the sample was quite good. They even had bombias! I’m a tea ball kind of guy, so I passed on it. It is interesting to see mate become so common.

May 192004

A very interesting read from the Village Voice regarding the meetings of the National Security Council’s top Middle East aide with apocalyptic Christians. The problem is not that George W. Bush is discussing policy with people who press right-wing solutions to achieve peace in the Middle East, or with devout Christians. It is that he is discussing policy with Christians who might not care about peace at all – at least until the rapture.

Nice: The Bush White House is going around the country taking credit for government programs it tried to eliminate or cut sharply.

Dozens of soldiers – other than the seven military police reservists who have been charged – were involved in the abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, and there is an effort under way in the Army to hide it, a key witness in the investigation told ABCNEWS.

U.S. forces beat three Iraqis working for Reuters and subjected them to sexual and religious taunts and humiliation during their detention last January in a military camp near Falluja.

The UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator for Sudan, Mukesh Kapila, described what is going on in Darfur, an arid region of western Sudan, as “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world“.

“JBX” is a little experiment being performed by Jack in the Box (their corporate headquarters are here in San Diego. I have to say, I think they look gawd awful.

Apr 092004

Woke up to the new ball park down town setting off fireworks. Uhg. I hope that isn’t a regular thing. The lights on the thing have already ruined my poor view… I can only guess that the people in their expensive places downtown are buying heavy curtains.

Went down to Puerto Nuevo yesterday with my folks, Anna, and some of Anna’s familly. It was cloudy, but still fun.

The situation in Iraq is not looking good.

Condi’s testimony was pretty good, people still have questions though. More comments here. A close look at her statements here.

Two reporters were ordered Wednesday to erase their tape recordings of a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia about the Constitution at a Mississippi high school. Read that again.

Very good interview with Former President Jimmy Carter about how the Christian right isn’t Christian at all.

Hah, 4 years till Colorado attacks Canada.

Better learn how to swim, LA.

More cell phone health fun.