"Respect" Religion?

Do you demand respect without giving it?

Literally, what does it mean to "respect" religion? Sadly, the word respect has multiple meanings: to admire or, to show consideration or, to avoid harming. Now, certainly no atheist "admires" religion, just as Jews don’t "admire" the Hindu faith. But when it comes to religion, it seems fair to define “respect” as showing consideration or avoiding hurting others. Isn't that exactly what atheists themselves want and expect from religious people?

The End of Pascal's Wager

Vishnu, the blue Hindu deity with multiple arms, can destroy Pascal's Wager easily. The Wager is a delicate little logical toy, and it breaks easily.

In a nutshell, Pascal said belief has only a finite penalty if God does not exist, but disbelief yields an infinite penalty if God does exist. Therefore, believe in God. If that seems logical to you, read the following out loud:

"Belief has only a finite penalty if Vishnu does not exist, but disbelief yields an infinite penalty if Vishnu does exist. Therefore, believe in Vishnu."

An Unimpressive Sacrifice

A few weeks ago, C Henry wrote a sensible inquiry into what little Jesus sacrificed. That got me to thinking. I mean, what is being "temporarily dead" for three days mean to an eternal super-being? He wouldn't even need an aspirin. How can poorly-educated farm boy like me easily find so many huge holes in the Biblical resurrection story?

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