Brian Clegg has posted a review of Martin Bojowald’s new book about loop quantum gravity at the Wall Street Journal, but Mr. Clegg might have just as well spared himself the trouble of writing an intelligent summary of a very difficult book for Rupert Murdoch’s ultra-right-wing rag, because almost all the readers’ comments came from dim-witted creationists whose only interest in anything about science is denouncing Charles Darwin.
You cannot prove by any means that the central concept of one living God is untrue. Stop trying.
But why did reader Charles Sullins post this touching declaration on a thread about loop quantum gravity? God only knows, and it quickly got worse, as the pseudo-Christian spokesperson Keith Beveridge initiated a general attack on “secular Darwinism.”
By definition a world view should be balanced, practical, not too simple, not too complex, and match up fairly well with the world at large. Secular Darwinism fails on many of these accounts, most notably in my opinion in its self referential claim to truth in the face of its fundamental claim that there really is no truth, just molecules in motion.
And then it was God this and God that, for more than 100 comments on an article about loop quantum gravity!
But since you can read any number of articles and comments on those articles about almost any other subject except science in the WSJ without ever encountering the word “God” in any of them, I decided to ask Rupert Murdoch’s pseudo-Christian readership a couple of salient questions.
Isn’t it bizarre that SCIENCE is the ONLY SUBJECT about which so many readers of the Wall Street Journal constantly invoke their (very selective) CHRISTIAN faith?
But when it comes down to anything that might cost them a penny, like extending UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS for their desperate neighbors, then all that ANTI-DARWIN PSEUDO-CHRISTIANITY flies out the window, and their new song is…
LET ‘EM STARVE!
Every word of the Bible is LITERALLY TRUE, they claim, when it’s “God created the Earth in seven days.”
But when it’s “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF!” then that’s probably just a METAPHOR, and anybody who wants to apply that principle letter by letter is nothing but a STINKING COMMIE!
So if you think Christianity is all about CREATIONISM, there are very good Christians all over the Republican Party and the Wall Street Journal.
But if you happen to believe (as I do) that Christianity is all about PEACE AND CHARITY, then all you can find IN EITHER MAJOR PARTY is ridiculously blatant HYPOCRISY.
“We murder Afghan civilians and destroy whole villages every day, WE GOOD CHRISTIANS, and for every murder we have a very good excuse that excuses everything!”
“They hit us first!”
Do they really believe that Jesus preached the morals of some snot-nosed playground bully?
“O GENERATION OF VIPERS, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
And pseudo-Christian spokesperson Kevin Beveridge replied…
What do you base all this on? Do you know any Christians? The behavior you describe doesn’t hold true for ANY Christian I have ever met in my life, and I know hundreds. The evangelical Christian doctrine is as far from your post as it can be. Read Grudem’s Systematic Theology to learn what most American Christians believe and how they try to live.
But I couldn’t care less what these phony Christians claim to believe, while they cheer for greed and violence every day.
So I rephrased my original questions for Mr. Beveridge.
Did I miss your sustained criticism of George W. Bush’s WAR OF CHOICE in Iraq?
Did I miss all your denunciations of GREED in these pages?
Maybe you could supply a few links, and prove you’re not just another PHONY CHRISTIAN who cares more about creationism than peace and charity.
Or did you think the Sermon on the Mount was all about THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES?
“BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, for they will be called children of God.”
Did you ever cite that text to condemn the CHICKEN-HAWK George W. Bush?
Show me your comments in these pages urging peace and charity with the same vehemence that you support creationism!
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
“LOVE YOUR ENEMIES!”
But that’s just a metaphor, I suppose, and the LITERAL TRUTH only appears in the Book of Genesis, instead of the New Testament.
“He that is greatest among you shall be your servant, And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.”
And so far neither Mr. Beveridge or any of the other dim-witted fanatics on that thread have provided an iota of evidence that their bogus “Christianity” applies to anything except Charles Darwin, and I’m beginning to lose my childlike faith that they ever will.