Thursday, May 18, 2006

living is easy with eyes closed

this is horribly unorthodox of me, but i've decided to delve into a realm outside of writing.

this realm i'm about to enter is that of john mackay. if you don't know who he is, good. if you're interested, he's a big deal insofar as creationists go. that, and he's an idiot.

i'm not going to say he's an idiot because of the whole creationist thing, because that would be too presumptuous. i said it because i listened to him for over two hours today and if that was what creationists can put up against science, they don't really have a chance.

if any of you non-existent readers ever get a chance to go to one of mackay's speeches, don't. it's not worth it. he preaches unintelligible design.

his proof is in saying that science is a human construct, and as such, shouldn't be held above the bible. i'm not sure how he defended the bible, but he convinced himself, at least.

i got a chance to ask him a question. here's how i recall it:

"Hi, you talked about how people are sinners if they don't follow the ten commandments. What is your interpretation of the second commandment?"

"Well, what is your interpretation?"

"It says don't make graven images of-"

"Anything in the heaven above, the ground-"

"Or the sea, right? And a lot of people don't seem to follow that, like when you had pictures of people in your Power Point presentation. How can you follow Genesis so strongly yet disagree with the second commandment?"

"You have to look at the context-"

"Right, it is obvious that the intent was that you don't pray to these graven images. But it doesn't say it."

"Yes, but you have to look at the context. The context is 'don't worship anything other than God.'"

"Ok, sure. Absolutely. It's just like the context of Genesis. The idea is that God created everything. You don't need to take the six days literally."

"No, you do."

"Then surely you have to follow the second commandment to the letter."

"No, you have to look at the context-"

"Right, ok, well thanks for answering my question."

don't worry john mackay. i'm not going to judge you for your sins. that's somebody else's job.


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