i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
10:26 AM: is there anybody out there?
yesterday sven & i went to a movie at the longbaugh film festival called the god who wasn't there. before we left, i thought, "i wonder if this will be what the bleep for the atheists," and it had some striking similarities, especially if you crossed it w/ a michael moore movie. the basic premise is that jesus christ as an actual person never existed, and then moves onto other christianity contradictions. i think a lot of people in the theatre left feeling righteously indignant, but i was just very, very sad.
how can you argue with faith? seriously. i pulled this quote a couple of years ago while trying to work out my situation at csusm, but it seems relevant here: "Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder. Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder." i can see how, if you are faith-based, you could argue against abortion & evolution & stem-cell research. but it makes me mad because i feel like recognizing this justifies the behaviour; it doesn't actually reach a solution or compromise. it's like trying to argue colors if one of you is color-blind: is it blue or is it grey?