Confession is a highly immoral sacrament. The sinner confesses to a crime such as child molesting. The priest is bound to secrecy no matter how much damage the sinner is doing. The priest assigns a token secret penance, typically saying three Hail Marys for molesting. The sinner makes a donation. The priest does some magic and presto, supposedly it is as if the sin never happened. The sinner is washed clean, eager to sin again. But of course the effects of the sin are unchanged. Confession does nothing to make amends to the victim or to discourage the sinner from repeating.
This just shows you what a con the church was all along. They fool the congregation into believing they can magically undo sins in return for cash. It is just a trick to pull in the rubes. It is a doubly wicked con because they not only rip off the congregation promising and not delivering, they lead them into moral degradation. Finally, the priests learn secrets on everyone that they can hold over them.~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:69) The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession
|Baby Naming||choosing a name for baby 2017-02-15|
|Funerals||Funerals and corpse disposal. 2017-01-17|
|Evolution Glossary||Glossary of Terms used in Discussing Evolution and Creationism. 2017-01-02|
|Jehovah is Fictitious||Why I am very sure Jehovah is fictitious. 2017-02-27|
|Books about Religion||Books about religion, atheism and evolution. 2017-02-01|
|Why I Am Not A Christian||Bertrand Russell’s classic 1927 essay on why he is not a Christian. 2017-02-03|
|Evidence||Evidence for God. A short sci-fi story. 2017-01-02|
|Deprogramming||Ethical ways to free Christians of their delusions. 2017-02-21|
|Intelligent Design||Evolutionary theory does include Intelligent Design, just not the way Creationists imagine. 2017-02-15|
|Did a God Write the Bible?||Why it is highly unlikely a god wrote the bible. 2017-02-19|
|Separation of Church and State||The necessity of preserving the separation of church and state. 2017-01-02|
|Combating Kristianity||Why I believe it is necessary to combat Kristianity, non-violently of course, by exposing its lies, wishful thinking and tall tales to the light of truth. 2017-02-27|
|Noah||Why it is unlikely that God wrote the entire Bible. A list of Biblical oopsies (inconsistencies). Why the story of Noah is a tall tale in the same league with the tales of Paul Bunyan. 2017-02-25|
|A Bible Study Guide||The parts of the Bible the churches don’t want you to notice. 2017-02-22|
|King James Bible||The complete text of the King James Bible in HTML format. 2017-01-02|
|Is There A God?||Exploring the big questions. Is there a God and if so what is He like? 2017-02-19|
|The Real God||The nature of the real God. 2017-02-05|
|Godless Quotations||Short Tweetable quotations about religion and atheism. 2017-01-02|
|Quotations about Religion||Quotations about religion, especially Christianity, from both atheists and believers. 2017-02-27|
|Quotations about evolution||Quotations about evolution vs. creationism 2017-02-27|
|Quotations from Christians||Quotations from obnoxious Christians, usually in favour of bigotry or ignorance. 2017-02-27|
|Unjustified Certainty||The problem of unjustified certainty, especially religious fanaticism. 2017-02-03|
|Church Tax Subsidies||Why I think we should phase out church property tax subsidies. 2017-01-02|
|Was Jesus Gay?||Was Jesus a homosexual? Decide for yourself on the validity of the biblical evidence. 2017-02-07|
|Tennessee Law Book||If the Religious Right gained power, how the laws of Tennessee would be worded. 2017-01-02|
|The New Ten Commandments||The existing set of commandments focus on trivia and miss the major sins. I have reformulated them to bring them up to date. 2017-02-17|
|life after death||various beliefs about what happens after you die. 2017-01-02|
|CCism||A new religion based on Cosmic Consciousness. 2017-02-17|
|fatalism||religious and secular fatalistic philosophies. 2017-02-23|
|Rational Morality||An alternative to morality based on religious myth. 2017-02-07|
|Are We Alone?||Are we alone in the universe? Is there life in other parts of the universe? 2017-01-02|
|Christian Apology||The apology I would like to hear the pope to read on behalf of all Christians for the harm they have done to our planet with their nutty beliefs. 2017-01-02|
|Living Love||My cult, founded by Ken Keyes Jr. It teaches techniques to reduce mental suffering. 2017-02-27|
|Gay Civil Rights||The battle between equal civil rights for gays and right wing Christianity. 2017-01-02|
|Feedback||Read feedback from readers of the religion section. If you don’t want your message and my reply publicly posted, please let me know. 2017-01-31|
|Christmas Carols||Lyrics to 69 Christmas carols. 2017-01-02|
Conflicts Between Scientists and Christians
In computer programming, things get most interesting and fun just after you discover you have made a mistake and you get to use your wits to track down the bug. The odds of getting a Nobel prize in physics are greatly improved if your experiment shows the exact opposite of what you expected. Scientists thus have not nearly the fear or embarrassment at being found wrong that Christians do. If you tell a Christian his argument is unconvincing because it contains a logical fallacy, he feels insulted, even wounded. If you tell a scientist the same thing, it is more like pointing out a calculator error, no big sweat. He is happy for the correction. The famous computer scientist Dr. Donald Knuth offered an escalating monetary reward for any time anyone ever found an error in his programming. He wanted to find his errors and correct them.
A Christian has essentially placed a bet on which religious framework is true. If he is wrong, he will roast for eternity. If anyone suggests that he bet on the wrong horse, he panics. He takes this accusation of incompetence very personally because this error is so grave, that it deserves eternal torment. The error says something very important about him — what the true god thinks of him, the ultimate report card.
If you reject an argument a scientist makes, the game goes like this. You state why you think his assertion is false. He gives additional reasons why the assertion is true, and he explains the flaw in your reasoning. You go back and forth pointing out the flaws in each other’s logic. If the evidence is overwhelming either way, one of you is obligated change his mind. If the evidence is not overwhelming, you talk about what sort of experiment or evidence-gathering could settle the matter. It is cheating to refuse to concede when the evidence overwhelmingly goes against you. It is cheating to counterfeit, doctor, lie about or use lawyerly tricks to mislead about evidence. Failure to observe these rules can result in the other party exploding in rage.
If you reject an argument a Christian makes, from their point of view, you are disrespecting them. If you held them in sufficiently high esteem you would trust what they told you, just on their say so. You are being impertinent. You are accusing them of lying. Christian arguments are basically assertions that show that something is at least remotely plausible. The beauty of an idea is much more important than how well it conforms with observations of the physical world. It is a Platonic way of thinking.
Further, there is no need to check accuracy if the feeling of truth is sufficiently intense (to know it in your heart). Your beliefs are things you choose, like your diet. You don’t change your beliefs just because somebody advocates something different, no matter how glib they were. You don’t pick your beliefs because some so-called expert told you some colour change in a test tube proved they were true; you pick them because they fit you because they are comfortable because they feel right. You certainly do not publicly disown your own beliefs cherished and nourished over a lifetime, maybe even handed down through the generations. That would be irresponsible flouting of tradition and a disrespect for your own integrity. You don’t just change beliefs like a leaf in the wind no matter what the so-called evidence (that you may not even understand). You must have faith in your convictions.
This attitude, the complete lack of interest in what is actually true, only what you wish were true, drives scientists to apoplexy.~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:69)
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