- scientist: the average person spends 18 hours online per week.
- me: you mean per day
- scientist: what
- me: what
Si tu marido te pega, dale golpes tú también. Y si no puedes con la mano, métele con la sartén!
Translation: If your husband beats you, beat his ass too. And if you can’t hit him with your hands, smack him with the frying pan.
Alejandro Fernandez & Christina Aguilera | Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti
I’m usually the world’s biggest hater when it comes to fake Hispanics trying to be real all of a sudden, but I have to say…this song is pretty good. And surprisingly, Christina’s accent doesn’t sound awful. There are certain sounds she still can’t pronounce quite right, but it’s not terrible. Granted, it’s easier to not sound retarded when you’re singing, but still, she ain’t bad.
Q:Thesis due in a week? How long is it supposed to be??
25-page paper on suspicionless searches and seizures and the original meaning of the 4th Amendment / how the Founders would roll in their graves if they knew how many “exceptions” to the 4th Amendment the Supreme Court has carved out in the past 100 years
Mexico’s greatest contributions to the world are rancheras and elotes
Q:you seem like a reasonable guy, but reasonable and theist don't usually go together, i always wonder what people like you are thinking, care to shed some light?
Hahaha, I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking, but I’ll give it a shot…
Although I definitely understand how you have that impression of “theists,” because many of the most prominent representatives of theism tend to say things that make even Christians cringe sometimes (namely, almost everyone on the so-called “Christian-Right”). But I also don’t think that those people account for most of the criticism leveled at religious people, and Christians in particular. Or, rather, I don’t think the presumption of unreasonableness or irrationality in the prevailing culture is explained by the existence of weird and annoying people like the Phelps Family, Glenn Beck, Joel Osteen, etc.
Leaving aside some of the stupid things that religious people say far too often, or the seeming inconsistency of their political beliefs with the morality they profess, it seems like the biggest problem that the irreligious have with theists is that they view us as inherently unreasonable or irrational, and that’s because they have a false and uneducated view of “faith.” This view is represented in quotes like this one (quite an embarrassing statement, really), and in fact most of the things that the “Four Horsemen of Atheism” have ever said about faith. If only that quote were true, then atheists might actually win debates once in a while. To be fair though, Christians themselves tend to misunderstand faith as well, because I’ve known some who would characterize their own faith as “blind” even perhaps without understanding the implications. But “Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence”? Hmm, not quite.
It’s common for atheists to proudly proclaim that they don’t have faith, which is apparently the domain of irrational peabrains who believe in magical sky fairies. But the fact is that we all rely on authority and secondary evidence to support our beliefs. Human beings have no direct evidence of the existence of love, gravity, time, morality, or the Big Bang, and most of us have never seen any direct evidence of the existence of far away galaxies, or molecules, or the Mariana trench — yet, we’re all quite certain that those things exist. We rely on our intuitive knowledge and indirect evidence to support our belief in love and time, and we rely on authorities and other secondary sources to support our belief in the existence of molecules and evolution — scientists who know a lot about that shit tell us it’s true, so we have faith that what they’re saying is true.
Likewise, theists have good reasons to believe in the existence of God. First of all, we have plenty of logically valid (and sound) arguments for our beliefs (the cosmological argument, the moral argument, the fine tuning argument, the ontological argument, among others). You can reject the premises of such arguments, but you can’t say that people who believe in the existence of God based on their acceptance of those premises do so irrationally or without evidence. Secondly, Christians have good evidence for the historicity of Jesus Christ and the Bible, and on that basis we form our belief in the Christian God and the divinity of Christ. It isn’t merely “because the Bible says so,” but rather “because the Bible has said a bunch of true shit, and there’s like a shitload of evidence that Jesus really existed and was really crucified and was really resurrected.”
Furthermore, the Bible says that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” And we’ve been instructed as follows: “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” The Biblical view of faith is therefore quite simple: we have good evidence to support a rational belief in the truth of the Bible, the Bible holds itself out as the word of God, and upon that basis we have faith in its promises, for which we are then called to be prepared to explain to whomever might inquire — far from the “blind faith” that we’re accused of having.
Therefore, there’s no connection between faith and irrationality, because you can’t have faith in something that you believe without reason — that’s called being crazy. So while theists might not always be reasonable about other areas in life (like their obsession with the Republican Party and fighting culture wars), they’re probably not unreasonable when it comes to their faith.
Now, if you want to know about whether I think I’m reasonable in light of all the other choices I’ve made in life (my decision to go law school, the time I choose to go to sleep every night, the fact that I have a thesis due in a week and haven’t started, my spending habits, etc.), then the answer is a resounding NO.