Get to know an atheist: Mark Twain


Mark Twain was an atheist American writer whose sixty books included The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In his last book, Letters from the Earth, Twain wrote:

‘You have noticed that the human being is a curiosity. In times past he has had (and worn out and flung away) hundreds and hundreds of religions; today he has hundreds and hundreds of religions, and launches not fewer than three new ones every year… One of his principle religions is called the Christian. A sketch of it will interest you. It sets forth in detail in a book containing two million words, called the Old and New Testaments. Also it has another name – The Word of God. For the Christian thinks every word of it was dictated by God. It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.’

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In light of our recent effort at an organized trolling war, The Whore of all the Earth reminded me to laugh


The Christian vs. atheism landwar is ON! Petursey and I have had a fun time discussing religion and non religion with the Pullman WAs. You should go over and read the thread. The most thrilling part has been that we were called trolls.

Bring popcorn and ju ju bees. You’ll need snacks.

Wait a second? Didn’t Pullman WA’s own Mark Tetzlaff show up on a months-old, inactive blog post and say, “Personally I find many problems with Dawkins argument. See my blog http://pullmanwainfoaboutjesuschrist.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/the-greatest-show-on-earth-is-it-a-declaration-of-absolute-truth/“.  That’s a little trollish. He definitely elicited a response from me. I told him his review was a flimsy exhibit of Christian clichéd rhetoric. He called me out for “ad hominem” attacking him. I attacked his pansy arguments. There’s a big difference.

But the shit hit fans when I pressed him and I found out that Tetzlaff had not even read the book by his own admission. He had only flipped through the book’s pages, which turned me on to the idea to actually have him read the book that he had so many problems with. So now I’m reading a couple books that he recommended and he’s now on chapter six of “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

After it’s all said and done, I’m down about the whole exchange. Seriously. It just shows that Atheists aren’t ready to have this conversation. I mean, atheism has been around much longer than Christianity. Christianity has only been around for about 2,000 years. Atheism has been around since, well, the beginning of time. I guess we should be the bigger people and be more accommodating to the newcomers.

The main blogger of the site, Justin, is actually not that bad of a guy. Petursey might disagree with you, but for the most part, he’s got good intentions.

Justin is probably one of the first Christians that I’ve met online who say atheists actually do have morals. But he says we are inconsistent. Go read that link. He calls me out directly. I’m famous!

I don’t know what atheist inconsistency means. I guess it means that one day I believe that murder is bad, and the next day, I think it’d be okay.

I’m pretty sure Christians are inconsistent too. I mean, Christians advocating martial arts to increase male attendance? That seems a little inconsistent with Jesus’ message, right? Or maybe I missed the something. Oh, no I didn’t, I almost overlooked what God or Jesus said, here here here here here here here here here here here here here here and here. And don’t forget about all of this consistent violence.

Oooo, ooo, don’t forget, the Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus spoke in parables to assure that the majority of listeners wouldn’t understand, and therefore go to hell — or not be forgiven (Mark 4: 11:12)

Hallelujah! The word of the Lord is consistent with its message.

Justin, you got me this time! But land wars usually take more than a day.

So yeah, I guess Christianity is consistent. Well, kudos for them.

I’ll stick with us inconsistent folks.

After a much needed release from this wily exchange of superfluism (poetic license engaged), I stopped The Whore of the Earth’s blog and she reminded me (just me) of Patton Oswald’s hilarious sky cake bit.


Gorillaz – Plastic Beach Orchestral Trailer (HD)


Studio Album Trailer of the Day: The Gorillaz just released this gorgeous animated trailer for their long-awaited Demon Days follow-up Plastic Beach, which is set to drop March 9.

A trailer! For an LP! Who does that? The Gorillaz. Were you not paying attention?

[drawn!]