Anwyn Davies's Blog (4)

A Question of Arrogance

I keep seeing that word, "arrogant", being thrown around by the religious. Scientists are arrogant. Atheists are arrogant. And those invitations to debate - "talk with me, but don't be arrogant!" What they mean is, don't show me up, don't make me look like a fool, don't push my out of my comfort zone. Don't be confident, don't be informed, don't behave like you know what you are talking about. Don't be…
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Added by Anwyn Davies on February 27, 2013 at 5:18pm — 3 Comments

"Marjoe" - how can people still believe?

I watched the 1972 documentary "Marjoe" tonight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068924/) and I confess to being some what bemused. I don't know what I find harder to swallow - that people can con and shuckster people the way these preachers do with such bald-faced fakery, or that the people in the congregation seem to be unable to see it. I don't understand it: how can people not see that these exhortations for money are pure greed…

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Added by Anwyn Davies on September 3, 2012 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

The body language of "charismatic" preaching

I went to a wedding not long ago, held in a church that I think is Pentecostal, certainly is happy-clappy "charismatic" evangelical in it's style. The preacher took the opportunity to "reach out" to the wedding guests who weren't members of his congregation, and went all-out to convince us of the love of God that was sweeping through the room, and that those who failed to heed this were damned. I didn't feel anything other than cold and uncomfortable; not only did I feel the fire and…

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Added by Anwyn Davies on August 31, 2012 at 12:27am — 2 Comments

Theism and the art of Bullying

Recently it feels like I've been involved in too many discussions about what actually constitutes rape. Long, involved discussions that boil down to the argument that victims are somehow to blame for what happens to them, whether it's based on how they dress, what their behaviour was, if they did or didn't fight back and so on. I hit on a phrase that seemed to stop one friend in his thinking tracks: bullying someone into accepting sex is still rape, in exactly the same way that bullying…

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Added by Anwyn Davies on August 20, 2012 at 5:13am — 5 Comments

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