Fundamentalists and Conspiracy Theories

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Fundamentalists and Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories adhere to Christian fundamentalism like lint to a belly button. In fact one could not subscribe to Christian fundamentalism without subscribing to a host of conspiracy theories. Most Fundamentalists as well as many liberals hold on to persecution complexes and paranoid fantasies about one day being herded into concentration camps. While history does show that totalitarianism is a threat throughout the world and that concetration camps are and have been a reality, the religious have failed to show any evidence that the world is headed for a Christian holocaust, a major tenet tof Christian eschatology.


Gallup polls reveal that around half of the US subscribes to some sort of Fundamentalist belief system. Around half of those folks believe in creationism. Now when one looks at the world of scientific academia, one realizes that every field of study in science is based on evolution. This would mean that if creationists were right, then there would have to be a massive conspiracy surrounding the scientific disciplines designed to keep the "truth" away from people. There are those that deny the environmental crisis and imagine a conspiracy of elitists who are perpetrating a hoax for the purpose of human enslavement. Of course the bad old secular media is just a propaganda machine for the liberal, Luciferian conspiracy, spouting lies and misinformation designed to steer people away from the gospel.

Of course all conspiracies are tied in to Satan, the other invisible man that Christianity believes is in competition for people's souls. There will one day supposedly be an Antichrist (according to Bill Maher's show last night, 1 in 4 Republicans believe Obama to be the antichrist) who is the head of all conspiracies that is supposed to lead into the Rapture, Tribulation and Second Coming.

Conspiracy theories are not only fun, adding some drama, mystery and intrigue into dull lives, they make losers feel better about their failings and shortcomings. If you listen to complaints, many conspiracy buffs whine about how they can't make a decent living or save any money because the economic system is controlled by wealthy elitist bankers that won't let them. They offer confort to people who feel they have lost control over aspects of their lives by reassuring them that none of it is their own fault, that it's the banksters, the eltists, the socialists, the liberals, the materialists, the science elite and the Hollywood elite that's unwittingly being led by the nose toward their own destruction and makind's slavery.

Now can there be any doubt that these folks are at least a little paranoid and possibly delusional?     

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 Stick and the carrot.

 Stick and the carrot. Religion has to have both. I remember being in Gotenburg, Sweden at a small church of the friends I was staying with. There were paintings on the ceilings and in the back of the church where young would sit of a fiery hell and people writhing in torment. It was horrific. The happy pictures were as you went forward to the front of the church.

 

 

Rev 13:16-18 wrote:

He (the anti-Christ) also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Have you checked your forehead lately?

My ex-church, the SDA's, believe the mark of the beast is worshipping at church on Sunday and not Saturday. The Church of God prophecy I heard was credit cards (can't buy or sell). Each church builds up a storyline. What to fear. When I was apart of it there at the revivals they fiery preacher would pick up some new threat. The one that stands out in my mind was when the planets were aligning. It passed, nothing happened.  To keep the members from getting bored you have to stir up their fear and anger. Abortion, morals are decaying, atheists are taking over, gay rights, foreigners, peace mongers, may 21,2011, Oct 21,2011, 2012... Constant fear. It is so sick.

 

 

Religion Kills !!!

Numbers 31:17-18 - Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

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Ex minister, are you familiar with Issac Asimov?

 

He is most well known as a science fiction author but he was also an atheist, PhD biochemist and biblical scholar. He died in the 80's so a great deal of his stuff has fallen off the in print list. You may have to check the library or used book stores to find a great deal of his work.

 

He made a rather strong case for the number of the beast actually being a then current political point. If you put it into hebrew math terms, it brings you to the emperor Nero.

 

If you have not read him, get thee to the library! A good place to start would be I Robot.

 

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 I am aware of him and his

 I am aware of him and his quote "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived" 

I saw the movie I Robot. Is the book much better?

Did he write any nonfiction books?

 

Religion Kills !!!

Numbers 31:17-18 - Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

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i agree

 

 

that christians and conspiracy theories are close friends. Conservatives and christians and conspiracies. And climate change denial...

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ex-minister wrote: I am

ex-minister wrote:

 I am aware of him and his quote "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived" 

I saw the movie I Robot. Is the book much better?

Did he write any nonfiction books?

 

Yes and yes.

 

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cj wrote:ex-minister

cj wrote:

ex-minister wrote:

 I am aware of him and his quote "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived" 

I saw the movie I Robot. Is the book much better?

Did he write any nonfiction books?

 

Yes and yes.

 

Looks like he has written 400-500 books. Any top recommendations in the non-fiction & fiction categories?

Religion Kills !!!

Numbers 31:17-18 - Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

http://jesus-needs-money.blogspot.com/


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ex-minister wrote: I am

ex-minister wrote:

 I am aware of him and his quote "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived" 

I saw the movie I Robot. Is the book much better?

Did he write any nonfiction books?

 

Yes, as usual, the book is better than the movie. By far.

Alternative starting books for Asimov:

The Caves of Steel, a kind of murder mystery introducing robots and starring a human detective Elijah Baley. (Excellent, far better than my meagre description. I would recommend this as the first Asimov book to read.)

Foundation, the future Galactic Empire is crumbling, according to Hari Seldon's new science of 'psychohistory' (something like a thermodynamics of societies), and the only way to prevent a 10,000 year dark age of chaos is to found a new civilization on the fringe of the galaxy, and use psychohistory to give this 'Foundation' an edge in predicting the future. (My favourite SF series of all time. The first published book, Foundation, is remarkable in that it was written early in Asimov's career, in the 1940s, and pretty much blows away all other SF from that time, IMO. Despite its age, it is fantastically readable even today, and suffers very little in terms of becoming 'dated', a testament to Asimov's skill as a SF writer.)

Yes, Asimov wrote tonnes of non-fiction, as well. I'm not sure how much of it is still in print, though.

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ex-minister wrote:cj

ex-minister wrote:

cj wrote:

ex-minister wrote:

 I am aware of him and his quote "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived" 

I saw the movie I Robot. Is the book much better?

Did he write any nonfiction books?

Yes and yes.

Looks like he has written 400-500 books. Any top recommendations in the non-fiction & fiction categories?

 

I was always interested in the Foundation series.  The set has recently been re-released - at least my library has new copies.

Or Nemesis. 

Or Nightfall - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightfall_%28Asimov_short_story%29

Non-fiction - well, I subscribed to Isaac Asimov's Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction while he was still alive.  He would write an essay for each new monthly issue.  I am most familiar with those essays.  I guess they have been collected into a series of books. 

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385134649/networksofneighb?tag=httpwwwration-20

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Infinity-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0380541556/ref=pd_sim_b2?tag=httpwwwration-20

etc.

 

 

-- I feel so much better since I stopped trying to believe.

"We are entitled to our own opinions. We're not entitled to our own facts"- Al Franken

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