PZ Myers on Jonah Goldberg: Such Hypocrisy.

image“I think Assange is an asset,” you, PZ Myers, write. The military calls their weapons assets. Yes, in that sense, Assange is an asset: a loose canon. But that isn’t what you meant, is it? But on to the real topic of your posting in Pharyngula.

So “Why isn’t Jonah Goldberg unemployed?” you ask. Why? For wondering why Julian Assange has not been assassinated?  Goldberg isn’t recommending it, as you imply. Read the article, PZ, rather than merely quoting him out of context, as you do.

I don’t agree with Johah Goldberg’s apparent justification, in the past, of assassination in the name of national security. But I do support his right as a journalist to express his opinion just as I support your right to do so, and just as I support Assange’s right to do so. (Dumping stolen and classified or otherwise private government communications is not, by the way, expressing an opinion. Assange, in the role he has assumed for himself is not a journalist.

Nor are you. You are a college biology professor. As a militant Atheist you demonstrate a very hateful approach to religion. On your very successful blog you express opinion sometimes bordering on hate speech.

Do you recall, PZ, when you very publically and very intentionally desecrated a purloined consecrated communion wafer (which you called an *expletive* cracker). You did so by nailing it to a page of the Quran, which you then threw in the trash with coffee grounds. You photographed your act and posted the pictures on the web as an expression of opinion. Many people wondered then, and still do, why you are not unemployed.

It seems you have a right to express your opinion. Being a college professor gives you a measure of security. Try that as an employee in the private sector. Or in government. So does being a journalist give you a measure of security, as is the case for Jonah Goldberg. I wonder if the Chicago Tribune would have published your hateful action from your blog as a free expression of responsible, protected journalism.

Your hypocrisy is a free expression of opinion, but mostly about you.

Why isn’t Jonah Goldberg unemployed? : Pharyngula

Shroud of Turin Exhibition at Anglican Conference in January

imageWord is that at the Fellowship for Parish Evangelism Conference January 24-26, 2011, at the  Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK:

[The fellowship] is a network of Anglicans, lay and ordained, involved in evangelism. The theme of this year’s conference in January is "Turning the world upside-down”. The main speaker this year is Steve Hollinghurst, looking at the Christian response to alternative spiritualities. They also have Sue Hope speaking about ‘The Bible in Evangelism’ and the ‘Turin Shroud’ exhibition. Above all, it is a time of fellowship, friendship and fun where people can re-charge the batteries and be re-envisioned.

For more details and booking forms go to the web site or contact George Fisher on 01922 650063 or george.fisher@lichfield.anglican.org

This by way of LEMnAID: LEMnAID Issue 114

Shroud of Turin: “we’ll never know”

John Schroeder of La Crescenta, California wrote a post called “Silly?” in his Blogotional. It is anything but silly. I wish most theologians could be so clear:

imageJoe Carter at First Thoughts posted twice a while back, in two posts on calculating the probability of the existence of God. Reasonable work – but in the end I think it is silly.

I was recently in a discussion with some Roman Catholic friends that wanted to know if I thought the Shroud of Turin was "the real deal." My response was "we’ll never know" – and I like it that way. [Emphasis mine]

The "assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" lies at the very heart of who we are as Christians. Without it, we are in a very real sense no different than a secularist.

Sometimes as Christians we focus on salvation and works that we forget some of the genuine underlying things about being Christian. One of them is a belief in and contact with the supernatural. By definition the supernatural is beyond our science, mathematics and even our logic.

When we attempt to reduce faith in God into something that we can encounter on our own terms, as opposed to His, we reduce Christianity itself. It becomes in some sense our religion when in fact it should be us becoming God’s people.

I believe a large part of the Christian walk to be a walk towards transcendence. We should be moving away from that which grounds us in the here and now and towards an eternal perspective. For only by gaining such an eternal perspective can we effectively be transformed in the here and now.

I have always thought that the best way to reach those with "logical" objections to belief in God is to change the subject. Somewhere in them is a piece of the transcendent God. It is to that which we must appeal.

It was simply too good to only give you a taste and a link. But go read some of his other stuff: Blogotional: Silly?

Where is PETA when you need it?

According to MSNBC:

Researchers say they’ve forced microbes from a California lake to consume arsenic.

Life as we don’t know it … on Earth?

Paul Badde on the Holy Face of Manoppello and the Shroud of Turin

imageInterview with Paul Badde on This is the Day program on CatholicTV.com. Discussion about the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Face of Manoppello. 

VIDEO HERE

Hat tip: Holy Face of Manoppello Blog

The Spirited Atheist: Selling atheism with billboards – On Faith at washingtonpost.com

imageAtheist Susan Jacoby makes an excellent point about the Atheist billboard at the Lincoln Tunnel:

What this billboard really represents is a scramble for power (petty power, to be sure) within the secular community.The warfare exists within organizations as well as between them: it is basically an argument between "confrontationalists"–people who favor the in-your-face approach on both a personal and political level–and "accomodationists," who are in the business of forming alliances, for purposes of furthering specific political and legislative goals, with moderate religious believers. . . .

image. . .  a billboard doesn’t seem to me the most effective way to shake anyone else’s faith. I grew up in a place and time with "Jesus Saves" billboards on the shoulder of every highway, and they didn’t turn me into a believer. Given that the secular community has nothing like the vast financial sources available to organized religion, I don’t see the point of spending big bucks to reduce atheism to a slogan. Whether the billboard is really meant to push atheists out of the closet or to rile up devout religious believers, the cost-benefit ration just doesn’t seem, well, reasonable.

Read the full article. It is quite informative and sheds a lot of light on the New Atheism: The Spirited Atheist: Selling atheism with billboards – On Faith at washingtonpost.com

Happy Hanukkah–The Maccabeats

Sorry, you will need to click into YouTube to see this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/qSJCSR4MuhU?fs=1&hl=en_US

                                 Happy Hanukkah

http://www.youtube.com/v/qSJCSR4MuhU?fs=1&hl=en_US

Dueling billboards at the Lincoln Tunnel

imageSo now we have dueling billboards. Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, a New York-based Catholic advocacy group has put up his own billboard. See a short video at CNN or read an account at Dueling billboards face off in Christmas controversy – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs. I say watch the video, its not bad.

These billboards only cost about $1,000 per day. I say give the money to the poor and not look like a fool. 

The Gothamist is reporting:

[A] Catholic man said he wishes the Catholic League didn’t get into this pissing contest. "It doesn’t need to be plastered on a billboard," said Michael Gerber. "I should be able to celebrate in my own way. And if it’s tit for tat, it defeats the spirit of Christmas."

The how-stupid-can-you-get line goes to American Atheists president David Silverman:

They stole our scene and copied what we’re doing.

Julian Assange is ego-centric, brilliant yet ignorant, immature and delusional.

imageRalph from New York writes: “You suggested Julian Assange crossed a bright line. I think he should be admired for his courage.”

I said WikiLeaks, not Assange, crossed a bright line. Assange is not evil. He is idealistic to a fault in some things, lacks a suitable moral compass, is ego-centric, brilliant yet ignorant, immature and delusional.

Press Release on New Turin Shroud Book

MY COMMENTS ARE BELOW

 

imageLede:  Chidambaram Ramesh, an Indian author, in his latest book “Shroud of Turin: An Imprint of the Soul, Apparition, or Quantum Bio-Hologram” has proposed a new theory that the mysterious image of the man on the Shroud is an imprint of the Quantum Self or Bio-Hologram and the effect of heat/light of such macro-scale quantum holographic manifestation of the man on the Shroud could have had a ‘scorch-like’ effect on the Shroud fibres to imprint the mysterious image on it.

Release:  (PRWEB) December 1, 2010

The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth bearing the faded image of a man who appears to have undergone physical torture consistent with Roman crucifixion. Preserved in the St.John Cathedral in Turin, Italy, it is widely believed to have wrapped the body of historical Jesus of Nazar and venerated by millions of people. The puzzling image on the Shroud of Turin has mystified the scholars and scientists for centuries and still refuses to yield up its secret to the scrutiny of most subtle and highly expertise technological analyses of hundred of intellectuals and researchers. Chidambaram Ramesh, an Indian author, in his latest book “Shroud of Turin: An Imprint of the Soul, Apparition, or Quantum Bio-Hologram” has proposed a new theory that the mysterious image of the man on the Shroud is an imprint of the Quantum Self or Bio-Hologram.

imageThe author has attempted to explain the scientific causes of the image on the Shroud under the realm of quantum physics. By drawing a series of evidences from palingenesis (spectral resuscitation of plants out of their ashes), natural magic, quantum physics and the recent findings of morphogenetic fields, he has unequivocally established that all material body of organisms, even if consumed to ashes, retain their selfsame form and figure. Even parts of the body like blood, skin etc., are capable of forming the 3D geometrical structure of the host organism in its entirety, which is a quantum hologram in the modern scientific terminology. He has concluded that the effect of heat or light emanating from such macro-scale quantum holographic manifestation of the man on the Shroud could have had a ‘scorch-like’ effect on the Shroud fibres to imprint the mysterious image on it.

He also explains some of the extraordinary characteristics of the Shroud image like the photographic negativity and the built-in body-to-linen 3-D information in the grayscale of the image. Real image of a hologram is a photographic negative, reversing the sides and inverted depth. 2-dimensional quantum holographic imprints, when subjected to VP-8 Image Analyzer, reveals its 3-dimensioanl encryption. Half-tone pixel effect, uniformity, viewing at a distance, dehydration of linen fibres due to radiation, absence of side images, double-superficiality, etc., can all be explained with the quantum holographic flux model, according to the author.

Published by the CinnamonTeal Publishing, Goa India, the book is internationally available at http://cinnamonteal.dogearsetc.com and http://www.lulu.com

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My Comments: The author – who certainly knows I have reservations about his thesis before even examining it in detail — has been kind enough to offer to send me a copy of the book for review. I will read it and I will write a review.

Is it fair to review a book if you are biased before opening the cover? Yes. The author has been promoting his ideas before publishing. That is common and it welcomes reviews by skeptics (though I think the Shroud is genuine). Let’s just say that this book must be reviewed. It is going to take a lot of  scientific evidence (or something) to convince me of these notions that I don’t think rise to the level of hypotheses that are stated as though they are facts:

  • [Alchemy] Palingenesis (spectral resuscitation of plants out of their ashes), natural magic, quantum physics and the recent findings of morphogenetic fields, he has unequivocally established that all material body of organisms, even if consumed to ashes, retain their selfsame form and figure.
  • 2-dimensional quantum holographic imprints
  • dehydration of linen fibres due to radiation
  • can all be explained with the quantum holographic flux model