• Jesus coming on a cloud

     

    I’m not sure what you have in mind when you read Luke 21:27 – “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”  But apparently, the almighty is participating in an online hangout at Ask God (dot com dot au).  A message on the website says:

    Dear visitor,

    If there were any question you could ask God, what would it be?  Christians believe the Bible is God’s inspired word with answers to life’s important questions.  So if there’s a question you’ve always wanted to ask, simply type it in the question box.  It’s that easy!  If the Bible has anything to say about the issue then we’ll email an answer back to you.  And we promise we won’t spam you afterwards.

    The askgod.com.au team

    Well, good on them for having a go.  I’d encourage my readers to send some questions.  I might do so myself and report back on the answers I get…

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    Article by: Reasonably Faithless

    Mathematician and former Christian
    • Most interesting is that unlike a previous Anglican campaign, they don’t make the answers public – meaning visitors won’t be able to see the bad/hateful responses to other questioners. There was an old Anglican site that proclaimed that some Catholics don’t go to heaven, which then had screaming Catholics writing in claiming severe offence, which every visitor to the site could see. If they make their responses public then sites like yours can simply re-publish old debunkings that have never been addressed, introducing cotton wool wrapped believers into a world of rational discourse.

      “Religions have depended on the relative isolation and ignorance of their flocks, forever, and this is all breaking down,” asserts Daniel C. Dennett, the co-director of Tufts’ Centre for Cognitive Studies.

      “Religions changed more in the past century than they changed in the previous two millennia, and probably will change more in the next decade or two than in the past century. The main environmental change, as many have suggested, is the sudden increase in informational transparency. Religions were beautifully designed over millennia to work in circumstances in which the people within them could be assumed to be largely ignorant of much that was outside the membrane.

      Now that mobile phones and the internet have altered the epistemic selective landscape in a revolutionary way, every religious organisation must scramble to evolve defences or become extinct. Much has been made of the growing attention to religion in the world, and this has often been interpreted as a revival, an era of expanding religiosity, but all the evidence points away from that interpretation. The fastest-growing religious category worldwide is no religion at all, and the increasing noise we hear is apparently due to the heightened expenditure of energy by all the threatened varieties in their desperate attempts to fend off extinction.”
      http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2012/04/social-cell

      • D Rizdek

        This vulnerability to informational transparency is one more hint that the supernatural foundation of religion doesn’t exist. If it did, informational transparency would only help, not hinder.

      • basenjibrian

        Yet at the same time, some of the most hateful religious sects seem very adept at USING the new technologies to not only maintain themselves, yet thrive. c.f., the “jihaddisphere” which does not seem to lead to much questioning, only recruitment!