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America’s Best Christian Explains Marriage

June 5, 2009

This has been making the rounds in the Atheosphere and I’ve decided to help propagate it. Happy Friday everyone!

  1. Mark permalink
    June 7, 2009 8:03 am

    Betty Bowers, America’s best Christian??

    She’s American Christian’s best bigot.

    • June 7, 2009 5:51 pm

      Well, she’s parody, but yes.

  2. Enderbean permalink
    June 10, 2009 11:07 am

    That wasn’t entirely accurate. Cain had his own wife. Where she came from isn’t exactly clear. She’s either some unmentioned daughter of Eve’s, or God created more people than just Adam and Eve. The bibles pretty unclear because the beginning is sort of a mash up of several different stories. I mean, there are enough people around for Cain to be worried about getting murdered when he is banished, and for him to start a town.

  3. June 10, 2009 12:28 pm

    That seems to rather wipe out the original sin concept. If there were all those other people around not descended from Adam and Eve, who’s to say they were the ancestors of all humans as the original sin concept requires?

    Of course, if humanity started with just one pair, there would have to be a lot of inbreeding no matter how you slice it.

    Of course the whole story is ridiculous. And frankly, compared with all the other examples of impeccable Bible-based morality which Ms. Bowers brings to light here, Cain shagging his ma would have been a minor pecadillo.

  4. Basingstoke permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:22 pm

    I roared with laughter. Ms Bowers, though in parody, correctly has noted the inconsistencies of a literal interpretation of the Bible- and with great humor! (Btw, I’m a United Church of Christ minister, read the Bible in the original Hebrew and Greek at times, born as a fundamentalist, became agnostic because I could not deal with being gay, and finally concluded there are things in this world that science and materialism does not adequately comprehend. I now have a boy friend and am openly gay to most in my congregation.)
    All that said, I believe religion is a human creation (like art or literature) that is our attempt to make sense of what the best science cannot fully comprehend. (A collection of frequencies does not adequately describe the musical genius of Beethoven.) I believe there is something (or someone-the gods whoever they may be) bigger than I. I applaud your search for rational truth, wherever it might lead you. Btw. I’m also 59 y.o. and a father of two wonderful daughters (a product of a marriage I had before coming to terms with being gay.)
    Keep up the good work, man!

    • September 3, 2009 7:27 pm

      I will fully admit that some things are greater than the sum of their parts to us. Humans are “more” than a large collection of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus, the same with music and art. I just don’t think that the universe is required to find anymore value from me than the sum of my atoms.

      I’m very happy to hear that you came to terms with who you are instead letting a fundamentalist view tear you apart to a bitter end. I’m not entirely opposed to people who have a view like yours, at least not to the extreme degree that I am with people who claim to know for a fact that there is a god and that he wants some very specific things that mostly involve hate and murder.

      I hope you stay around continue to add to the discussion here!

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