Posts tagged "Religion"

Believing in Elves but not in Fairies

By Cyberquill • 04/09/2014 • Leave a Comment

The (at the time of this writing still) mystifying disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has, among the myriad terrestrial theories that have been floated, prompted speculation that supernatural forces may have yoinked the Boeing 777 and eloigned it to otherworldly spheres. …

Mass Riots in the Middle East after Swiss Pastor Accidentally Refers to Muslims as “Muesli”

By Cyberquill • 04/28/2013 • 4 Comments

Alright, I made this headline up, but given the propensity of so many followers of Islam for getting their keffiyehs into fiery bunches over perceived slights to their faith, my fictional header may be a trifle less far-fetched than appears at first blush. …

Is Christianity a Religion?

By Cyberquill • 11/29/2012 • 2 Comments

Winter solstice drawing nigh and Fox News’s annual war on the “War on Christmas” having kicked into high gear, in the course of this verbal slugfest with the head of some Atheist organization, Bill O’Reilly fiercly puts forth the notion that Christianity is not a religion, but a philosophy. …

The Creation Conundrum

By Cyberquill • 09/03/2012 • 9 Comments

What good is the grandest hypothesis if it raises the exact same question it professes to answer?

Replacing one mystery with an equivalent mystery does nothing in the way of solving the mystery. Doing so merely reärranges the deck chairs on a sinking vessel, and it leaves us just as smart as we were before, except that our mystery now resides over there instead of over here. …

Watchmakers All the Way Down

By Cyberquill • 12/27/2011 • 8 Comments

A body with a fractured calvarium is found lying face-down on the sidewalk. The coroner explains that the victim was smashed over the head with a blunt object from behind. No witnesses, no murder weapon, no footprints, no fingerprints, and no DNA other than the victim’s, who, by all accounts, had no enemies. …

Tickets for Jihad

By Cyberquill • 11/12/2011 • 8 Comments

One score years ago, during a break while rehearsing a German-language production of West Side Story in which I mimed, warbled, and pirouetted along as of the Jets, the director held forth on the importance of selecting catchy titles for musicals: the shorter and simpler, the better, he explained, and he cited notable examples such as Hair, Fame, Grease, Cats, Chorus Line, and, of course, West Side Story. …

Whatchamacall’em?

By Cyberquill • 05/05/2010 • 18 Comments

This issue seems oddly confusing to many people, so let me clear it up:

If a Muslim individual robs a bank because he wants to buy himself a bigger flatscreen TV, he or she is a bank robber, not an “Islamist” bank robber. …

Be Fruitful, Multiply, and Join the Dinosaurs

By Cyberquill • 12/13/2009 • 14 Comments

As the old saying goes, if you don’t change course, you’ll end up exactly where you’re headed. No way mankind will survive yet another tripling or even a doubling of its population, but that’s exactly where we’re headed. And the funny thing is, everybody knows it. It’s like staring at a category 5000 hurricane that’s coming right at you and hoping it’ll miraculously swerve left or right before blasting you and your town up into the stratosphere. …

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