Posts Tagged ‘myth’

Bishop Explains Christmas as Myth

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In his annual Christmas message the Rt Rev John Davies, Bishop of the Church in Wales diocese of Swansea and Brecon, complained about atheists timing their contrary message so as to “coincide with two of the church’s greatest festivals, Christmas and Easter” and claimed that their criticisms were in any case based on a misunderstanding.

Spirituality, Metaphor, Myth, and the True Meaning of Truth

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The discussion following this comment is actually more interesting than the post itself (in which Jerry Coyne mocks Chris Mooney’s recent discovery of 1970’s style “spirituality” as the bridge between science and religion).  The commenter, one Timothy F Simpson, is apparently a Presbyterian professor of religious studies who acknowledges a metaphorical interpretation of his religion and is interested in promoting acceptance of science by the faithful but concerned that agressive and harshly toned responses on the website might offend people he sends there.  In a long exchange he meets with a variety of responses in a wide range of tones including near the end an accusation of being a “tone troll”  and an invitation in plainer language to autocopulate.  Ophelia Benson chimes in a couple of times and continues in her own blog with some appreciative disagreement. And Coyne (who does not participate) refers to the discussion in a subsequent posting, saying that “The proper response to this kind of argument is derisive laughter.” I disagree.