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I have managed to get my WiFi signal to reach my Scriptorium at the bottom of my garden so I can now post from there! Here?
I call it my SCRIPTORIUM because it is where I now do all my writing and SCRIPTORIUM sounds better than TABLE IN THE SHED!
Think about it!
I have been so busy…and lazy…over the past few months that I have not found time to post. I am gonna change that soon and undertake a bit of a blogfest, so keep watching…
i am reposting this from my other blog;-
Psalm 1 King James Version (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Who is your god? Does your god give you the strength that the Psalmists god does? If you believe (can prove?) that Science and reason are your ‘god’ then does your god give you that strength? Do you live by the laws that your god has given you? Read the psalm, not as a religious tract but as a statement of belief in the benefits and strengths of your god, of the Laws of Reason or Science or Common Sense or whatever gives your life meaning and structure. ‘Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly’… But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law he doth meditate day and night… vv 1-2 If the ungodly are those people in our life, or thoughts in our heads, that lead us towards contrary or unreasonable thoughts and actions then we are best served by ignoring or avoiding them; having no place for them in our life.
To an ‘atheist’ that means that any argument that you make or support must be founded on Reason and Empiricism, there is no place for opinion or unreasoned, emotional arguments. Your faith sic in the laws of Reason etc should preclude you from making unsupported or irrational statements, not because the ‘law’ says you mustn’t but because you know how important it is to live within the guidelines of the ‘law’. ‘He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. VV3-4 Some expositions of this psalm state that the rivers spoken of are ‘irrigation channels’ How exciting is that! Your belief in the Primacy of the Laws of Reason will irrigate your thoughts and allow them to bear fruit, but any thoughts not irrigated by those rivers will be withered and will die; any unreasoned or irrational thought process is pointless and doomed because it is unsupported by empirical evidence. …the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous …For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous but the way of the ungodly shall perish. vv5-6 You know that as an atheist anything you say that is not supported in all it’s aspects by the Laws of Reason is worthless by your laws. What are the benefits of following this ‘edict’? Read Psalm 23 to find out! Think about it!
My poor little brain is having problems, not with the writing of my blogs; I am managing to do that with my usual levels of skill and erudition. I am having difficulties with using the site…
30 years ago, whilst I was on a train from the North of England to London I started to write a story about a vampire. Despite many breaks in my authorial efforts, some lasting YONKS, I took up my pen once more some 5 years ago and started to write it again.
I now have the story completely written…in my head and am in the process of editting it so that it is publishable.
I am like a man who has a ‘self-assembly’ bookcase in front of him but does not knowhow to put it all together in the right order.
I’ve got all the bits of the story but they are in a jumble in front of me. To paraphrase the great Eric Morecome. I have written all the right words but not necessarily in the right order
Actually they’re not in a jumble, some bits are fitted together but I am no longer sure if the bits that are fitted together really do go together!
I decided to change my blog name again, so if you’ve seen my pold sites: ‘Musings and Perusings’ or ‘From the Pulpit…’ then follow this site!
So, as I struggle to adjust to this new WordPress editor I just want to try to say again that In MY humble opinion if someone wishes to exercise their right to have an opinion and to express it in public they have the responsibility to make sure that their opinion is based on rational, logical thinking and that it is not just emotionally charged irrational ranting. Unless of course they start their post with ‘In my humble oponion.
If you want to see examples of such futile thinking and Argument then search WordPress or Twitter or whatever for ‘Atheist’ and you will find instances galore of assinine comments (actually if you read Bertrand Russell’s ‘Why I am Not a Christian’ you will find that even he has problems tackling the subject so these lesser mortals have only two chances of hetting it right…no chance and a dog’s chance!
It is not someone’s opinion to be an atheist that offends me it is the ludicrous, specious and irratonal mode of Arguing or supporting their decison that I find offensive as it demeans their humanity and insults my intelligence.
Think About it
I was thinking of resurrecting my ‘From the Pulpit…’ blog but decided to not do so but to concentrate on this one instead…
I have just finishjed reading a book called ‘The Ghosts of Rosevear’ about a small island in the Isles of Scilly with a nasty history of shipwrecks (Actually, haven’t all the islands there got such histories?) I’ll post a book report soon.
I’ve also been reading Nigel Ayers’s wonderful book about the Bodmin Moor Zodiac and DooDah Wotsit’s book about the Lizard Zodiac in Cornwall. Fantasic reads both.
I’m thinking of writing a book about Leylines. You know, the lines of mystical energy that link one gullible buffoon to another…
I had a lovely relaxing (sic) time while I was away and I bought a number of books to add to my collection of ‘Books I will start to read but not finish’
One that I may get through though is called “100 Plants that won’t Die in your Garden” I take it with me in the garden as I survey my efforts and try to identify what the shrivelled lifeless things that are no longer of any use to me once were. (I do a similar thing when I’m having a shower…)
I also bought a book of Robert Browning’s poetry and T S Eliot’s work, Roger Penrose’s The Emporer’s New Mind’ and a couple of books on St Anselm’s Ontological Proof of the Existence of God. A little light summer reading I’m sure you will agree!
As I was sitting on the Harbourside of my favourite holiday destination next to people reading the latest John Grisham thriller and Aga sagas by various writers, I was idly leafing through ‘Theories of Everything’ by John Barrow, a passer by asked me “What book are you reading?” when I showed them they ran away…
I got to thinking about ‘The Peter Principle’ does it apply to internal thinking processes as well as to business systems’ because I’m reading books that make my brain hurt and I wonder if I am reading stuff that is really out of my league. It’s lLike listening to music from a distant room; I know something is going on but I have to strain my senses to make out what it is!
I can recall the problems I had with Steven Hawkings’ ‘Brief History of Time’ My phone didn’t stop ringing “Eddie,” he would say,”does this sound right? Can I pass this by you? Can I put this in the book?” I would reply “Look Stevie just do your best, there’s only you and me that would know if you got it wrong again anyway!”
When I was a lad I used to get learned tomes out from the public library and write in pencil in the margins things like NO! Think Again! and Check your Calculations! before returning them and wondering what the next reader would make of my annotations. Such fun! I still do it to books I give to charity shops and you should see the margin notes I’ve written in my Bible! I have tried to explain to my wife about her duties and obligations by claiming…”You have to do such and such a thing, it’s written in my bible” and it is, albeit in biro!
I am a firm believer in Anselm’s Ontological Proof of God, partly because it makes sense and partly because I have not found any competent refutations of the Proof, even Bertrand Russel’s prognostications on it are bollocks!
So back to The Peter Principle’ Does it apply to internal thinking processes as well as to business systems?
Think about it!