Long Time No Blog! (Super-Duper Asterisk Edition)
If anyone out there is wondering about my absence, olioboy was in town. Mr. olio and I really enjoyed seeing our darling boy again, and we hated to see him go. I didn’t really keep up with current events during his visit—is Anna Nicole still dead?
Anyhoo, I’ve just poured my self a BIG Ketel One and tonic (mmm!) and visited the Christian Newswire,* where I found a review** of
The Stockholm Syndrome Eternal Christianity, a new book I can’t wait to read:*** Here’s the crux:
Jim Cronfel believes "conversion comes from the awareness of eternal conscious torment," that "[Christianity] is about fleeing hell and sin."
So Mr. Cronfel and I agree that religious belief stems from fear. I imagine that he would disagree with me, though, when I say that fear of “eternal torment” after death (and therefore any religious belief based on that fear) is irrational or that I think ingratiating oneself with one’s potential torturer in order to avoid torture is a dynamic too perverse to contemplate, much less willingly embrace. I mean, I can understand it, I guess, but it’s still sick.
*Christian Newswire’s “Featured News Outlets” include Drudge Report and NewsMax.
**This book reviewer must’ve been “homeskooled”: Her punctuation skills suck.
***After it appears in my local library, that is—I’d never give this nimrod a dime.