Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 3

Jesus is best known for his commandments to love and forgive others. He is widely admired for his appeal to “love your enemies” and forgive your enemies no matter what they do. Even secular people admire these noble aims. However, even these are deeply flawed. Whatever the intention, they have rarely been actually followed. Even if they were it wouldn’t work. You see however well intentioned his words sound, they are deeply unrealistic to the point of impracticality. Continue reading “Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 3”

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Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 2

Yesterday I spoke about the problem with what Jesus didn’t say. Today, I will talk about the problems with what he did say. While Jesus is generally thought of as being kind, considerate and forgiving, there is another side to him that is rarely mentioned. Contrary to popular perception Jesus is a warmonger, racist, a proponent of thought crime, a defender of the Old Testament, a believer in devils, someone who made failed prophecies and a man who threw hissy fits when he didn’t get his way. Continue reading “Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 2”

Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 1

Jesus is one of the most influential figures of all time. Even those who aren’t religious presume he was a pretty good guy, while the religious devote their lives to him. However, I started thinking about it and I realised Jesus wasn’t that great. In fact, I could fill three posts about why he wasn’t great. Firstly, there is a lot he didn’t say, secondly he said some terrible things, and thirdly his main points and rules for life would never work. This has been called “Christianity’s God awfully awkward, nightmarish question”, namely why did Jesus not say anything useful? Continue reading “Jesus Wasn’t Great Part 1”

Santa And Jesus

Have you ever noticed the similarities between Santa and Jesus? I don’t mean that in a smart arsed or mocking way, I’m genuinely surprised at all the overlap between the two. In the run up to Christmas (a day they both share) I thought I’d examine the similarities between the two (Note: this is as Christmassy as this blog will get). Both are the symbols of good and both can achieve anything. And of course, neither is real. Continue reading “Santa And Jesus”

Unarmed Police

The recent shootings in Sandy Hook, Newtown, Connecticut have made many question the role of guns in American society. This is a sharp contrast the Ireland where we have so few guns that even the police are unarmed. To an American this must seem like madness or liberalism run wild, but it actually works very well. In fact it is a policy that is universally supported across the political spectrum and among commentators. Instead of relying on the threat of violence, they rely upon their authority and consent of the people. As a result, the police force is one of the few institutions in Irish society that people still trust and respect. Continue reading “Unarmed Police”

If We All Had Guns

What could possibly go wrong? In the aftermath of yet another gun shooting many people (myself included) have called for more control on guns. However other people have drawn the opposite conclusion. They believe that the problem isn’t too much guns but not enough guns. They believe that if the victims had been armed then the shooting would have been prevented. I thought this idea was too daft to give any mention to in my last post but a lot of people (if you don’t believe me check the politics tag) seem to believe that the solution to a gun problem is more guns. Continue reading “If We All Had Guns”

Time To Fix Americas’ Gun Problem

The world has been shocked by the news of the shooting in Newton, Connecticut. Although we don’t have all the details, it 28 people (20 of whom were children) were shot. What makes this massacre particularly tragic is that it occurred in an elementary school for children aged between 5 and 11. I was horrified and like most Europeans I wondered if America would now do something about its serious gun problem. It seems that every couple of weeks there is a new gun rampage and massacre. To those who say we should not politicise this event, let me say that we must learn from this incident so that it never occurs again. If this isn’t an event to make America re-examine its laws, then what is? Continue reading “Time To Fix Americas’ Gun Problem”