Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dont thank me, thank Jesus!

Here in the good ole USA on Thursday we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. As a typical Midwestern God fearin' family we will all meet on my parents farm. We do the typical gluttoness behaviors, everyone brings massive amounts of food, we watch some football, then go outside a shoot off our many handguns, rifles and shotguns. I'm usually waiting for my cousin Frank to show up so I can check out his latest wife, girlfriend or lover? He hasn't dissapointed me in many, many years. The Dude is a stud and always brings some severe eye candy with him. Then my Mom will make one of the Grand kids read something from the Bible. A few people will share what there thankful for then make a turkey sandwich and say our goodbyes 'til the next year.

When an Atheist feels grateful and thankful does that gratitude just stop towards family, friends, bosses, military etc.?

It's OK if you want to tell God 'good lookin' out". If you did believe in God, what would you give him props for, if anything?

Dueces, feeno


  1. Happy thanksgiving. I've shared Thanksgiving with some of your countryfolk over the years. These were college students and their chaperones doing a semester in Australia. As a special treat they'd put on a Thanksgiving meal for their Aussie hosts. Having been brought up eating pumpkin as a vegetable accompanying a main meal, it was a culture shock the first time I ate pumpkin pie, not to mention the generous servings of food.

  2. Boss

    I swear I thought they only grew pumpkins for pumpkin pie. You guys actually eat it as a vegetable? How do you prepare pumpkin? My Granpa used to grow Rhubarb, I never had it either unless it was a Rhubarb pie. I also hate broccoli but if someone could make a pie out of it I might eat that too.

    I guess if you guys eat Vege-Mite pumpkin might be a treat?

    Peace ole Buddy, feeno

  3. I would thank God for "writing" the Bible. It's the BEST evidence of his non-existence.

    But on another note, I'd have to say Thanksgiving has always been a secular tradition. It was a meeting of two peoples, of two separate culture's, and although the Pilgrims may have said some form of grace over their food, this was not the subject or reason for Thanksgiving in the first place.

    Also, I'd have to thank Jesus for existing and then living in a highly ambiguous sort of way, only to die in such a vague sort of way as not to be entirely historical or fully agreed upon, but also in such an incredible way as not really be plausible, or very convincing.

    If it were at all historically quantifiable, then the quality of such truths would be backed by science, which they are not.

    So last but not least, I am VERY grateful for science, the most powerful tool of reasoning ever invented. That's what I'm thankful for.

    And also for the new Star Trek movie being genuinely awesome. As a fan of the original series, I was really hoping it didn't suck, and I was pleasantly surprised. Different, but in a good way.

  4. T Vick

    Could you please, in your best Spock impersonation give me his answer to the question of "is there a God"?

    Live long and prosper, feeno

  5. So last but not least, I am VERY grateful for science, the most powerful tool of reasoning ever invented. That's what I'm thankful for.

    Apparently Timothy McVeigh was pretty thankful for science also. “Science is my religion". Link

  6. JD, no matter what Timothy McVeigh said, science is NOT a religion. Science is a methodology for observing phenomena and collecting data. Some people may idolize science, but that's their problem. Good science requires skepticism, not belief.

  7. T Vick,

    Are you questioning the issue of the death of Jesus, or the Christian belief in his resurrection from death?

  8. Ross- The death and resurrection itself are historical impossible to prove. But not at all plausible either. As for the Christian belief in the resurrection, that seems real enough.

    Actually, there's enough historical evidence to make the counter claim that the resurrection didn't happen, and none which is dependable or validated which can support it. But even so, without it Christianity would largely remain unchanged, because supposing it did NOT happen, the stories still would have spread... and we would have ended up exactly where we are all over again.

    So basically, I'm simply interested in what the evidence does say, and what it can support. It doesn't go that far.


    My pleasure:

    Captain, many primitive civilizations of your early Earth's history believed in some form of divine all powerful being, but I must say, there is no convincing evidence to endorse such a hypothesis. The idea of God is unsubstantiated. And so, to prove something exists without the proper evidence would be... *raises eyebrow... illogical.

    By the way, Captain James T. Kirk was an atheist also.

    Live Long and Prosper peeps!