Open Invitation

August 24, 2009 6 comments

I had a very unexpected and somewhat exciting phone call the other day. It was from my Wife’s Pastor. He was calling me on my personal cell phone. He stated that he wanted to come over to the house and more or less ‘catch up and see how things are going.’ I was not in a position to have a house guest, so I countered his offer and we decided to meet this coming Wednesday, one on one, at a local coffee shop. After I hung up with The Pastor my mind was abuzz with ideas of what this meeting may imply. Am I going to be preached to? This is unlikely, given what I know about The Pastor. Was I going to be cornered by some heavy duty witnessing? Again, unlikely. So, what then would he possibly want to chat about?

The Pastor is Pastor for my in-laws, my wife and many of the people in their social, academic, occupational and personal life. The outcome of our meeting could, potentially, have far reaching consequence, both at home and in my interaction with many other people. What I have decided to do is take a very open approach to our meeting. I will be armed only with knowledge, curiosity and a pen and paper. I thought about sharing some of my recent readings (Hitchens, Harris, Gould), or maybe some of the text that I peruse on non-canonical Christian text. But, I think that my approach will be much more sponge-like, flexible and absorbent.

I will place a post-meeting post about my experience and the gist of our dialogue. Frankly I feel a little outgunned and maybe even a little out of my league. Although, I am hopeful this will be the first of many such coffee shop chats.

I would love to hear any thoughts from you all regarding similar experiences or even some help with my approach.

Anoat

The Passing

August 21, 2009 10 comments

My Wife and I got some very sad new that a friends 4 month old son died last night. He was born with a bad heart and had several surgeries to correct it, but his genes obviously were more faulty that we all hoped. He died in route to a large children’s hospital.
I write this post simply to get a feel how other Atheists deal with these situations. I do not have a God to lean on, I don’t think this fits into a grand design. I feel that the Universe is hostile, so it is, so it shall always be.

Smoking, as a Crime?

August 20, 2009 3 comments

Should there be laws to protect children from second hand smoke? 

Quiet Perseverance

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

One of the things that always ticks me off about hard-core Christians is their in-your-face attitude.  There is always a sense of indignation in my gut when they have that sympathetic look on their face that seems to say “if you only knew how great my club is you, would surely want to join.” 

I think one of the things that we as Atheist have to do, is make sure that we do NOT mirror this smart-assed, paternal attitude.  I agree that everyone will have his or her own approach to speaking with others about Atheism, but my preference is Quiet Perseverance.  I feel that if I get too excited or if I get too zealous then I am no better than my opposition.  Further, I feel that if someone is true believer they will likely have an equally as negative visceral reaction to my comments as I would to theirs.  So, be cautious in your approach.  Sometimes, simply listening and gathering data is more valuable and important than unloading huge Anti-God arguments.

Performance Review

August 18, 2009 1 comment

My med student had a nice Zinger this morning, I thought it worthy of mention in my Quotes section.

If God was my employee I would fire him for his incompetence.  -Gunter

Can you imagine keeping around an employee with God’s track record.  The plagues, the murders, the betrayals, the intolerance, the bigotry, the failure to get along with others, failure to take constructive criticism, mass starvation, the genocides…etc.   Folks, we CAN do better than this!!!

Can you imagine an HR professional reviewing his Resume?   ‘Well God, Why were you fired from your last job?”

Salvation Delivered

August 16, 2009 1 comment

The growing crisis at the United States Postal Service has drawn a lot of press recently.  The speculations for the decline in usage have ranged from ‘the internet is killing the post office’ to ‘people don’t buy things and ship things during bear markets.’  I think the answer is slightly simpler.  I think that what ails the USPS is a lack of foresight and an unfortunate adherence to outmoded business models.  Sadly and what I feel may be fatally, the USPS has decided to close many suffering satellite offices and cut Saturday deliveries.

As I was driving home from my 8 hour Sunday clinic I figured out how to save the ailing USPS, and or how to make an already giant cooperation like UPS or Fedex even richer…It is a simple proposition really:  Deliver stuff on Sundays.   Why don’t we get mail and packages on Sunday.  Again, a simple answer, it is the Christian Sabbath, the day of rest, the day to honor their Lord.  Seriously, I do not remember last time I consistently had Sundays off.   Don’t get me wrong I am fine with holidays like Christmas, New Years, Thanks Giving, Arbor Day, but Sundays?

I am not naive to the complexities of an overall such as this, but it seems that in desperate times they should consider sensible solutions…

Antipathy

August 15, 2009 1 comment

As I was driving home from my local grocer, I was listening to Tool (A staple in my music catalogue).  The album was one of their live ‘bootleg’ imports.  At the beginning of the 1st track there was booming voice saying ‘Think for yourself, Think for yourself, Think for yourself…’  As I was intently listening to Danny Carrey’s opening triplet patterns, the following quote dawned on me. 

I do not hate religion, however I hold the highest contempt for mankind, who ultimately created God.-Me