Around FtB

While I’ve been flattened by a virus (my guts are still gurgling at me), everyone else on the network has been charging on ahead. It’s too bad I’m only doing a virtual tour, a real one would do a better job of spreading the disease and reducing productivity so I could catch up.


    1. Reginald Selkirk says

      This “Around TfB” series of posts is a great idea. It helps Patheos to identify which bloggers are most active and interesting, for their next recruitment drive.

    2. says

      I think that Ray Comfort is misinterpreting John Lennon’s lyrics.

      Imagine there’s no heaven
      It’s easy if you try
      No hell below us
      Above us only sky
      Imagine all the people living for today

      Here’s my interpretation of these lyrics:
      Personally, I believe that John is implying that he doesn’t believe that heaven and hell exist (unlike what Ray Comfort says), but is speaking to those who do. He may be suggesting to these people that not wasting your life – the only one you’ll get – fantasising about an imaginary Disneyland in the sky or fearing a fictional pit of fire under the earth’s crust, makes it all the more special.

      Imagine no possessions
      I wonder if you can
      No need for greed or hunger
      A brotherhood of man
      Imagine all the people sharing all the world

      Here I think that John acknowledges that possessions exist (like Ray Comfort’s interpretation), but asks us to try to imagine a world in which they no longer exist – something he thinks is attainable. He could be saying that “greed and hunger” are negative attributes of people who want to gain assets that they can selfishly keep for themselves. I think he is dreaming of a world where we need no possessions, in which all of the world can join together as brothers and sisters, and share everything.

      But that’s just me. Any thoughts?

    3. microraptor says

      Given that the original version of Imagine had the lyrics “Imagine no religion,” I suspect your interpretation is accurate.

    4. David Marjanović says

      Aron Ra debated Ray Comfort. Ray Comfort then declares victory, announces that he never heard of this guy “Aaron”, and mocks him for using a great big sciencey word that means “lives in trees”.

      Comment 10 over there:

      It just blows my mind that Comfort criticizes something yet he doesn’t even understand what the hell he’s talking about. He’s almost as idiotic as a presuppositionalist. Mind you, he probably is one.


      If he could spell it he would definitely be a presuppositionalist.

      Given his closeness to Eric Hovind he almost certainly is one though.

    5. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

      Taslima Nasreen observes that all the anti-Islam movies are badly made films slapped together by people who don’t know how to make movies. But we don’t kill people for bad acting.

      Could she miss the point more completely if she tried? The Innocence of Muslims has, I am sure, succeeded beyond its makers’ wildest dreams, since its aim was quite clearly to provoke violence by Muslims against innocent third parties, in order to advance their own dominionist agenda. Nor are the actors those in most danger, although at least one is now suing the makers of the film, in part for putting her life in danger. In Pakistan today, a policeman has been shot dead while defending the US consulate in Karachi, while a driver for ARY TV was shot dead when police fired into a crowd – but I’m sure both were more than willing to die for the freedom of Terry Jones, Steve Klein and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula to troll Muslims.