Thursday, July 06, 2006


from Ralph in SF:

"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics
to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them.

This is, of course, a mistake.

If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china
teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be
able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the
teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful

But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be
disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to
doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense.

If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient
books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the
minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence
would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the
attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the
Inquisitor in an earlier time."

Bertrand Russell, "Is There a God?", 1952

to which i would add:

1) if you find yourself in trouble, you get the same result if you pray to that china teapot or pray to that "god" for some kind of intercession in your affairs...nothing.

2) actually, the teapot is one up on 'god', since it can actually answer one prayer..."help me, oh china teapot...i need a cup of tea".

NP: the BBC re: North Korea's missile tests. eek.

PEEVE DE JOUR: that i might have hurt some deep feelings/offended some wonderful/more-religious friends with the above post.



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Blogger Harvey Gold said...

No worries about offending the truly faithful. From my experience, the devout are the enlightened, thus can forgive the fools their foolishness.

Any that would be offended isn't as enlightened or devout as he or she may think. This isn't an insult either. They just may be early in their own process... not so comfortable in that skin yet... and they could be OCD idiots! There! I said it!

So I could see you getting a hand slap rebutal from a clever Dutchman, but that said...let's toss a cup o'tea, mate!

11:38 AM  
Blogger CBeezwax said...

there is a subtext behind my posting. i have often been moved by gospel music/religious experiences in others. i envy that deep spirituality in the way that only someone who has NOT experienced can.

12:36 PM  
Blogger mr blur said...

As one of the truly faithless, and very glad to have a life free of superstition, imaginary friends and the mental illness that is religious faith, I'll stick with the teapot.

And don't forget, religious belief and spirituality are two different - and often, it would seem, mutually-exclusive - things.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous rickdailey said...

There's a China teapot in orbit between Earth and Mars!? Wow! Teapots move in mysterious ways!

9:35 PM  
Blogger Onus Foist said...

Yeah Harvey, you right, you right, no offense, in fact, part of the fun. if Christianity is true, then it must stand up to examination. No questions = no thinking. Then it would indeed only be an orbiting teapot, with tempest an available option.
Rebuttal submitted, stroopwafels en koffie staan klaar. Welkom in Amsterdam.

4:52 AM  
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