GilDodgen, one of the lead IDiots at Uncommon Descent, recently posted about how he used to be an atheist and was then converted to Christianity — sound familiar? I think atheists must really be underrepresented in the census, because apparently every Christian larva must go through a multi-year developmental stage of intense atheism, by their account. Anyway, he talks about what persuaded him that there is a god, and it was…Dennis Prager. Seriously? I’ve heard Prager, I’ve read his articles, he’s a simpering godbot, and I can’t imagine anyone who attaches the slightest importance to evidence based reasoning being persuaded by that guy.
Two things: first, here’s one of the videos by Prager that Dodgen claims converted him. It’s titled “The most important verse in the Bible” — yeah, that sounds like something that would suck an atheist right in.
The most important verse in the bible is the very first one, which he claims is unique to Judaism and Christianity in that it defines god as something above nature, therefore his religion is the very bestest one of all time. Also, his religion is special because it is the only one that doesn’t have its god coming down to earth and rudely copulating with human beings…Prager is Jewish, so he’s excused, but this is going to be a surprise to all those Christians who believe the Holy Ghost slipped a fertile little ectoplasmic tendril up Mary’s hoo-ha and made Jesus. Furthermore, that first verse tells us that there is purpose in the universe, and therefore it’s the only thing that gives us meaning. It’s pure wish fulfillment: Prager wants an external meaning imposed on his existence, therefore there must be a source of that meaning.
Only an idiot would be convinced by that.
Second, here’s a surprise: there exists something called Prager University. Apparently it’s really easy to create a university: you just say you’ve got one, name it after yourself, and create a website. Presto! Soon I shall have to announce Myers University, which I’m locating in my bathroom.
Prager University is notable for its awesome philosophy.
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One course, which gives you one credit, consists of ONE (1) five-minute video on youtube. All you have to do to get a credit is watch it. By this standard, any one of my courses, which involve sitting through an hour-long lecture a couple of times a week for 15 weeks, ought to be worth about 400 credits, instead of the measly 4 we give out. And that doesn’t take into account all the homework, the lab time, or the demand to study for tests and write papers.
But dang, we’re behind the curve here. Prager also gives prizes for contributing in class? This isn’t a university, it’s a joke.