Mr. Deity on the Euthyphro Dilemma

Mr. Deity is always hilarious and this episode on the Euthyphro Dilemma is no different:

I find this is an argument Christians tend to avoid engaging too much. It’s obvious why: there is no answer which properly jives with the idea of their god. If he can say what is good at a whim, then murder, rape, and everything else under the Sun could become good tomorrow. No Christian really wants to make that argument – it makes their god more of a relativist than they already purport him to be (such as when they claim the OT evil was only meant for the Jews, not every culture). If he just perfectly fits into whatever is good, then goodness is independent of him and we don’t really need any god to know what is good. After all, billions of people have concluded that things like murder, rape, and adultery are not good without knowing anything about any of today’s religions. It’s a rock and hard place for Christian apologists.

I love it.

Such an angry deity

Speaking of projection, might it make a bit of sense that the few literate pig farmers from thousands of years ago who were making up (and rewriting and editing and significantly changing) the Bible were merely projecting their own personal views?

E = Mr. Deity

Mr. Deity and the Woman

I love this stuff.

Dumbfounding the skeptics

There’s yet another case of a person making up some miracle and pretending like it was her god that did it.

In an incident that has generated a storm of publicity in devout Poland, Professor Maria Sobaniec-Lotowaska, of the medical university in Bialystok, has dumbfounded sceptics by saying she considered the material found in the container as heart tissue.

It, too, would dumbfound me to hear a professor at a medical university claim such nonsense. But is there anyone being dumbfounded beyond that? Of course not.

Pawel Grzesiowskia, a leading biologist from the National Medical Institute, has attributed the miracle to nothing more than bacteria growing on the small piece of wafer, which fell into a water container during a mass in the eastern village of Sokolka.

This actually isn’t so bad. I mean, yes, rational people everywhere can make Professor Sobaniec-Lotowaska look dumb with this comment, but why not combine it with what she said? Maybe God is manifesting himself as bacteria now. Of course! That’s it! He has become bacteria and that’s how he’s going to guide evolution. We all know no one can point to any intention in any mutation or natural selection, so they can squeeze God in through this new (invented) gap. He is now a sort of bacteria that will infect various people and animals (remember people AND animals: we get our very own special separation – we aren’t even subject to taxonomy!) and he will drive the evolution of species that way.

But wait, drats! It won’t work because it will only make that absurd idea of the trinity all the more confusing. The religious already have their hands full with so many other logically impossible things.

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