How to Believe

6 05 2008

Pharyngula found this actual billboard.  How true it is.

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6 05 2008
Stephen

This is the very basis for my religion, which deals specifically with the danger posed by smelly people which is directly related to their evilness.

Lots of wishes, lots of beliefs. I’d be happy to send you a newsletter, if you’re willing to give me 10% of your income.

To be fair, at least the Methodists seem to generally be fairly progressive and helpful. It’s them Baptists we should worry about. And the Catholics. And Presbyterians. And Lutherans. Calvinists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Taoists.

Oh, and the Methodists, too, really.

6 05 2008
katetribbett

I realize that both you and Stephen see this as an excellent critique of all religions, but it is interesting because I have spoken to many Methodist pastors who have really disliked this ad campaign. They have often said that they felt that the phrase “open hearts, open minds, open doors” is much more of a gimmick than an true representation of the Methodist church’s philosophy. Specifically they have cited the Human Sexuality paragraph that has remained a part of the UMC statements of beliefs:

Homosexual persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth. All persons need the ministry and guidance of the church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all, and we will seek to live together in Christian community. We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.

8 05 2008
Mitchell

What I find most amusing about the billboard is the slogan, “if you can wish, you can believe.”

Just because you wish something were true, does not make it so.

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