Thursday, December 19, 2013

Why There Is No Such Thing As A Good Pastor

Huffington Post put up a "think piece" by Pastor Rick Henderson which is little more than a tired, old, defeated argument claiming that atheists have no morals and how them religious folk are really superior to them there thinkin' heathen folk. He attempts to define atheism as "a thing" in a nebulous attempt at the old "spin it back on you" accusation of atheism as a religion. I could spend time tearing apart his arguments, like how atheists have many different view points, how his poor phrasing points to a failure to understand the question, or how we all develop our moral systems in the same ways, from a combination of upbringing, societal influence, and personal reflection, but the blatherskite has already had it handed to him in the comments.
I'm more concerned with why anyone listens to ministers (I'm using this as a blanket term). We have someone like Mike Huckabee, an uneducated anti-intellectual flapping his gums as if he's an authoritarian expert on anything other than being a gobshite. He's not a philosopher, he knows FA about science, and he's far from a biblical scholar, so what does he bring to the table, exactly? A hodunk, "I'm just a small town preacher" story, and a lot of uninformed opinion (not to mention the piles of bigotry), as far as I can tell.
Don't get me wrong, formal education isn't the end all be all. Obviously not, with places like Liberty University secreting their own brand of indoctrination and calling it education. It's the anti-intellectualism; the attitude that they can clearly understand a subject in five minutes, better than someone who spent 10 years studying it. Compare with the fact that you or I could be "on the same level" as Pastor Rick or any of these ministers, by spending $60 at a .gov webesite for our very own, official ministry in a religion made up on the spot. You might not get the tax breaks, but you could still officiate weddings.
Rick Henderson might not be a totally close-minded example of the breed, but clearly, he's just a guy with a title that doesn't mean anything, outside of his church. And to offer he or anyone else calling themself Pastor or Minister or Reverend or whatever any amount of respect, based solely on that so-called qualification, is as pointless and vapid as Kent Hovind's doctoral dissertation .

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