Modern Man

This is a poem by British journalist Steve Turner (emphasis mine)


We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and
after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that sodomy’s OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated
And you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes,
UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man like Buddha,
Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same –
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of creation,
sin, heaven, hell, God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens
they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then it’s
compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps
Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that
is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will re-adjust.
History will alter.

We believe that there is no absolute truth
except the truth
that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,
and the flowering of individual thought.

If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.

Katy Interfaith Group sends Confusing Message

Personally, I’m not really down with interfaith groups if what said groups are trying to do is pretend that their respective convictions can all be true and are equally valid.

I suppose the only good reason for a Christian to join such a group would be in obedience to the Great Commission.

Obviously Islam, Judaism and Christianity have some things in common, mainly the belief in One God (as to His Nature ask a Muslim or a Jew what He thinks of God becoming man).

However, clearly where Islam and the latter 2 split is on which son of Abraham received the blessings of the firstborn. Islam asserts that the blessings went to Ishmael, while Judaism (and thus Christianity, since Christianity completes Judaism) correctly asserts that the son of the promise is Isaac.

Judaism and Christianity split on the person of Jesus Christ, whom Christians are convinced is Judaism’s long awaited Messiah and God Incarnate (something unspeakably blasphemous to the Muslim and Jewish ear, who says these 2 don’t have anything in common?)

Obviously, anyone who says that these 3 are all true needs to, at the very least, mix in a course or two on logic.

This being said, in the Houston suburb of Katy a so-called interfaith group was revived earlier this year. If I remember correctly this was done in response to the infamous pig races a local citizen held to protest the building of a mosque near his property (blogged about it here and here).

A recently written article about said group raises some questions,

“One thing that’s important about the way we put this together is that we not only want the diversity of three major faiths but we want diversity within those three major faiths,” he said. “We’re trying to communicate that none of them are monolithic.”

“He” being the Rev. David Hargrave, pastor of First Christian Church in Katy, and the “three major faiths” being Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Later on in the story,

Hargrave said leaders of other faiths, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, will continue to be recruited.

I wonder how Buddhist and Hindu leaders will react to Hargrave’s mention of “those three major faiths.”?