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In Topic: Non-political Humor

12 April 2021 - 01:58 PM

Can it still be called an air disaster when the vast majority of "victims" are subterranean?

In Topic: The Sickness of Christianist Politics: (LGBTs, Immigrants, Etc.) - TITLE UPDATE

11 April 2021 - 06:46 PM

Can the Meritocracy Find God?

The secularization of America probably won’t reverse unless the intelligentsia gets religion.
By Ross Douthat


Most of these people — my people, by tribe and education — would be unlikely models of holiness in any dispensation, given their ambitions and their worldliness. But Jesus endorsed the wisdom of serpents as well as the innocence of doves, and religious communities no less than secular ones rely on talent and ambition. So the deep secularization of the meritocracy means that people who would once have become priests and ministers and rabbis become psychologists or social workers or professors, people who might once have run missions go to work for NGOs instead, and guilt-ridden moguls who might once have funded religious charities salve their consciences by starting secular foundations.

Ah, what a lovely way to begin my evening reading Ross. Thank you.

Now, how can this process be accelerated?


As a Christian inhabitant of this world, I often try to imagine what it would take for the meritocracy to get religion. There are certain ways in which its conversion doesn’t seem unimaginable. A lot of progressive ideas about social justice still make more sense as part of a biblical framework...

You're overlooking one important factor, Ross. The hocus-pocus explanatory framework provided by religions are just bronze age garbage. These just don't work. Their functions are better fulfilled by science, philosophy and ethics, and politics, In order for the progressive ideas of social justice to arise and to prevail one does not need a biblical framework. Have you noticed religious people are the most opposed to ideas of social justice when justice rendered reduces their power?

All the good deeds of religions can be done without harkening to superstitions, the need of belief without evidence. The only ways for religions to regain their place of prominence are through bamboozlement and force. Surely enough, those are the paths most taken by religions.

In Topic: Republican Party has ‘flat out lost its mind’

09 April 2021 - 12:46 PM

View PostLFC, on 09 April 2021 - 12:16 PM, said:

I stand by my statement may be qualified to be a Walmart greeter but will accept the correction if he's not.

None of which disqualifies him from being the host of "Meet The Press". You may stand by and gawk at your own sentence but it's not a striking sight. :lol:

In Topic: The Bird Thread (was One for LFC)

09 April 2021 - 09:55 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 09 April 2021 - 05:34 AM, said:

2 718 281 828 Likes.

Naturally, I like Euler too. But why raise it by 10^9? Hyperbolic much? And, then there's a base mismatch.

In Topic: Republican Party has ‘flat out lost its mind’

09 April 2021 - 09:47 AM

 AnBr, on 09 April 2021 - 09:28 AM, said:

Sorry, I was surfing back and forth between the shows and lost track of who was on which one.

I was sure because I haven't watched last Sunday's Chucky Cheese yet. Still recorded on my DVR.