Right Awful Anne Atkins – Agonising Aunt and Vicar’s Wife

Why do Christians not celebrate transition to the next life? It’s definitely NOT because we secretly suspect there isn’t one. So here are a whole load of convoluted, spurious, mutually contradictory, alternative reasons…


5 thoughts on “Right Awful Anne Atkins – Agonising Aunt and Vicar’s Wife

  1. “Isn’t it sad and tragic a poor young boy on life support with no hope of recovery is about to have his treatment withdrawn?

    But enough about that; isn’t Christianity – specifically my Christianity – brilliant?!!!

    And I’ll tell you why, and not at all in an evangelical way – I wouldn’t want to go beyond the brief of this slot or anything. So, there will now follow two minutes of peak Christian theo-illogical batsh!t according to the Gospel of AAA…”


  2. Most of apologetics is like this – thought experiments gone wrong. The basic test of any premise is to check its consequences, and if they are absurd, to reject the premise. That person doing a somersault looks like my wife. My wife can’t do somersaults. Therefore, that person isn’t my wife.

    The problem for apologists is that rejecting the premise is the one thing they refused to do at the outset. So rather than take the obvious route, they twist and turn along endlessly complicated paths, until as you would expect, they are completely lost. But that’s OK, because by this point nobody can follow their thinking anyway. Paint it with a touch of “holy mysticism” and Bob’s your uncle.

    Thomas Aquinas was the master of this method. He was a very, very clever chap, so clever that he came up with a huge number of arguments as to why the idea of god was absurd. But demonstrating the absurdity of god was very bad for your health in the middle ages, so he twisted and turned and ran away from the obvious conclusion. I don’t blame him – he was at least clever enough to get himself a comfortable life and a sainthood for his efforts.

    Anne Atkins doesn’t have Aquinas’s excuse (or his intellect). She has also apparently seen my wife somersaulting, but has concluded that a mystical eddy in the Earth’s magnetic field acted on her mystically magnetic gold wedding ring, causing her to rise in the air and flip over, before mystically landing again and carrying on as normal. If you can’t reject the premise, this is what you have to do.


  3. It is difficult to single out one point for special comment but at 02:05 Ms. Atkins says that Christians spend (expend?) their lives in battle to save other people’s lives. This brings the horrible image of armies of Christians in conflict with armies of Christians in order to save the lives of (usually) Christians by killing Christians. And, of course, for no other reason. Is it possible they or I might have missed something? Or has Ms. Atkins missed something?


  4. A powerful, self-reflecting brain is a great thing to have; but it is also pretty easily fooled. Human beings throughout history and before have believed that there is something else inside our heads, separate from our grey matter but somehow interacting with it, that gives us our consciousness and personality, and makes us uniquely ourselves.

    Not all cultures have believed that this entity survives the death of our bodies; and still fewer have gone on to make up the horrific and sadistic fiction that if we don’t do exactly as our priests and shamans tell us, including believing and trusting in a person who probably never existed, we run the risk that the entity will be subjected to eternal torture after we die.

    Especially over the past 60 years or so, we have come to know a great deal about how our brains work. There is no evidence at all that the supernatural spirit that Christians say they believe in actually exists. Letting go of the idea is surprisingly liberating, and gives us the motivation to make the most of life while we have it.

    Meanwhile, there is always Woody Allen’s approach to the subject: “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens”.


  5. OMG, this is so exciting! Life! Isn’t life brilliant, except when it goes wrong (sad face). Poor Archie could recover but (shall I mention miracles? No, might be seen as tasteless even in a religious slot) he might not. God! Jesus! Life! Isn’t life brilliant, but often tragic. Life after death. Throw that into the mix. Isn’t that a fantastic idea! Wowser. Lets boost that idea and be positive about LIFE. And Jesus, because all of life comes through him. And death too, but let’s not think about that because he definitely brought everlasting life for sure. Joy! But sadness too. For Archie’s family.


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