The Methodology of Fundamentalism...September 24 2010 at 3:31 PM
Doc Strange (Login edstrange13)
... AKA: "All I need to know I learned from Jesus"
1) Focus on the trivial...
Like a clean hair cut and not saying "f**k"
2) Good deeds are pointless....
All that is require to enter heaven is a confession of faith. Nothing else matters. Consequently, a wife-beating child molesting serial killer who has accepted Christ is headed to heaven to sing in the choir. Whereas my self.... well, that hardly seems fair.
3) Don't ask questions....
Take doubting Thomas for example. Seems like if you've nothing to hide, you've no reason to punish inquiry.
4) Facts are irrelevant...
When (irrelavent) facts are troubling, cry conspiracy.
5) Deny, deny, deny, deny....
When necessary, misrepresent and misinform. One important side effect is that this makes being right very easy.
6) Never, ever, ever cite your sources. You know you are right, why confuse people with evidence?
7) Follow accepted scientific thought until it becomes too complicated for those not trained in the subject matter. At such point, it is possible to draw any conclusion you wish. Few will know the difference.
8) Though it is 2010, it is rational to quote research performed in 1868.
9) Accuse your opponents of ignoring the facts. For example, accuse them of ignoring the paper which supports your claim in favor of the five hundred papers which refute it.
10) It is always possible to state an opponents arguments in such a way as to make them appear nonsensical.
11) Depend on the fact that your readers will not know what you are talking about and that they will not bother to look it up.
12) The absurd is only absurd when it is someone else's absurdity.
13) God's powers, when attached to any other God or tradition, are labeled witchcraft and superstition.
14) Slavery is a sensible alternative to paid labor...
The KKK got it right. Sorry but.... read the Bible.
15) My three year old acts like GOD...
God acts like a three year old. Spite, vengeance, hate, cruelty... these are a few of my favorite things. One need only hang with a few fundamentalist Christians....
16) When in doubt, state simply:
"Well obviously, there must be a creator." (strong formulation) or: "Well obviously, someone must have made it do that." (weak formulation)
For example, "I wonder why we are so well adapted to breathe oxygen." "Well obviously, someone must have made us that way."
Or, "I wonder why baseballs are round." "Well obviously, there must be a creator."
Or, "I wonder why the toothpaste globs up at the open end of the tube." "Well obviously, someone must have made it do that."
17) If it doesn't make sense to you, it must be nonsense.
"Forget Jesus! Stars died so we all could exist!" -- Lawrence Krauss, astrophysicist