5 thoughts on “Rhidian Babbling Brook, writer, celebrity and Christian

  1. “Faith supersedes common sense.

    Because where faith says, ‘Things might be terrible, but the IMF will make everything alright’, common sense says, ‘Hold on, why couldn’t the IMF have prevented things becoming terrible in the first place?’

    So, as I’m sure you can see, for the pious such as myself, faith really does supersede common sense”

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  2. Not only does faith supersede common sense, apparently; it represents a risk, but one that is worth taking, because the IMF risked everything for our sake.

    I suppose it makes Christians feel bold and daring to think that their faith is risky: not that the way they practise it involves any personal risk whatsoever (in this country, anyway). But yes, there is a risk to it: it involves the big gamble that the IMF is going to show up and magically make everything all right. The temporarily visible third part of Rhidian Brook’s IMF has had a couple of thousand years to put in another appearance, as he allegedly told his followers he was going to do. So far, nothing, despite the millions of prayers every day from the faithful begging him to return.

    One definition of an unsound mind is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. After two thousand years of prayer and self-abasement without noticeable benefit, one might hope that the penny is beginning to drop.

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  3. Sorry StephenJP – I agree with you completely but I couldn’t help posting this link: https://xkcd.com/1657/

    A lot of other things supersede common sense, but we don’t do them [because we can see that’s dangerous or futile], why should faith be a special case? (apart from the need to claim special case/victimisation to gain extra concessions and privileges — or is that too cynical?)

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  4. “After two thousand years of prayer and self-abasement without noticeable benefit, one might hope that the penny is beginning to drop”. Hope? Hope is like faith in that both rely heavily on wishful thinking. Hope all you want, and for as long as you can, but the faith with which the pious are hogtied to their gods will endure long after you run out of hope that the faithful will give it up.

    And why is faith touted as some fabulously wonderful virtue? To have faith is to abandon ones critical faculties, to squander ones intellect, to willfully and fecklessly reject all the hard won truths of scientific endeavour, to be blind to reality and incapable of thinking things through by careful consideration of facts and data. Faith its the easy passive option for those too spineless to face up to and overcome harsh reality.

    I remember when walking through the village churchyard with my young son when he asked me what the long metal rod running from the ground to the top of the church tower was. I explained what it was an how it works to prevent lightning stikes by neutralising the electrical potential difference between the tower and the clouds in which electrical charge is being generated. Think of it like a pipe that sprays billions of electrons up from the from ground to the pointy tip and up into the air above. No potential difference then the lightning will strike and ground out elsewhere. He asked why the vicar didn’t pray to stop lightning striking the church. I replied probably because he is not really sure that god is capable of controlling thunder storms and maybe the vicar really doesnt believe there is a god there despite what he tells you and every one else. And that the church authorities had to put in a lightning conductor for getting insurance because it actually works whereas there is no evidence that god is paying attention to prayers or even there at all. I asked my son what he would do. Trust in proven science that actually works, like his mobile phone, or mumble some words to something for which no one has any evidence. I encouraged him to ask the vicar the same questions. I dont think he did but thereafter he refused to say grace before school lunch at the CoE primary he attended. Being one of only 45 pupils he stood out like a sore thumb and caused quite a stir. But he was admired by the three teachers for being so smartly assertive at such a yound age. We know because his mother was the school secretary at the time. He justified his position by explaining the lightning conductor on the church. Grace he said was pointless and anyway the food had been provided by farmers not by any god.

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  5. What kind of a risk can an IMF possibly take?
    It can’t do anything ‘wrong’ because, by definition, it is always moral (and according to many, it IS morality).
    Its followers will make all types of excuses for it so it can’t be blamed for anything – ever.
    Maybe it was risky to allow slavery & genocides but these were all part of a plan so, again, where’s the risk?
    Frankly Rhid wants an edgy Mr Jesus so nothing’s going to stop him inventing whatever he wants. Common sense be damned 🙂

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