Friday, February 18, 2011


I read this and yelled, "That's whacktistic!" at my desk at work. And then mumbled sheepishly, "Some lady on youtube . . . fell into a fountain . . ."

But seriously, this is so whacktastic I can only assume the Blogging Fairy had it written just for me.

The One Indispensable Constituent of a Good Education

Grammar? Spelling? Logic? A questioning nature?

"The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God."

Ooookay . . .

If the beginning of wisdom and knowledge is the fear of God, then one should never teach anything without this very basic foundational truth either clearly expressed or assumed.

Anything at all? How would one manage this? I can think of any number of subjects entirely neutral to the question of god.

This guy can't.

What then would constitute a good science class, for example? Picture the instructor describing the order, the beauty, the complexity, the expanse, and the glory of the universe, the human body, and the animal kingdom. Then, he lifts his arms and says in a whisper to the class, Silence for a moment! All of you, stand in awe of him! Stand in awe of him! Let us worship the mighty Creator of heaven and earth. Anything short of this is not good science.

Whacktastic! Can you imagine? That's just . . . just . . .O.o

Words, they fail me.

The history professor will discuss the bubonic plague that destroyed 1/3 of Europe in the latter half of the 15th century. But unless he turns around and tells his students to fear the God behind it all, the One who does his will in the whirlwind and in the storm (Nah. 1:3),he has failed to teach good history.


If the beginning of wisdom and knowledge is the fear of God, then the first lesson in every sex education class should be a discussion on fearing God, because he is the one who first wrote the words, "Thou shalt not commit adultery. . ." And, "Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. . ." And, "The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good."

This is a penis . . . What is it, Timmy? Oh, yes, Be not deceived, now, upon arousal, the penis . . .

This, by the way, is what happens when you study Psalms instead of physics:

Last year our family was traveling through Wyoming on vacation, heading west on I-80 in the dead of winter. It was about 8:00 pm and my wife was driving on dry pavement at full speed. I drifted off for what seemed like a moment, when I woke to my wifes screaming, Help me Jesus! Apparently, she had hit a patch of ice formed by blowing snow on a high point in the road, and instantly I realized we were sliding sideways down the freeway. There was only one thing I could do. I joined in with my wife, yelling, Help us Lord. Help us now! Now! Please? It was a very charismatic moment, prayers going up to God in rather disorderly fashion.

In mere seconds, God took the vehicle and moved it onto the center divider where the vehicle plowed through 18 inches of snow for about one hundred feet. As we came to rest, we could not tell that we had stopped, for the snow had covered the entire vehicle like an igloo. Peering outside, I announced to everybody that we had come to a stop. We woke up the children. We trembled, and wept, and cried out to God, Thank you oh God for saving our lives today! And together we sang To God be the Glory. There was somebody else in the car with us. We knew that he was there. He was there!

Yes, god picked up your car, carefully placed it onto the center divider and used snow to slow you down. After allowing you to hit a patch of black ice and go sliding sideways in the first place. That god, such a kidder!

But what happens to a civilization that neglects to root an education in the fear of God over successive generations? It will eventually destroy knowledge itself. Scientists would be unable to distinguish between the science that drops a ball 100 times, and notes that mass seems to attract other mass to itself by a gravitational pull (at a probability of 99%), and the science that takes a look at a rock and calls it 4,325,000,000 years old. With equal levels of dogmatism, they conclude that force equals mass times acceleration, and then look at 600 factors that might cause global warming, and insist that the world will come to an end as we know it in 100 years unless we replace our SUV's with mopeds. A science without the fear of God will produce a hubris that can only end in irrationality

Damn, I used O.o too soon. Apparently, this dude is, with no scientific training whatsoever, qualified to decide what science is true and what science is just silliness. That Stephen Hawking, such a fool!

As one scientist told me recently, There is no essential difference between the science of Darwin and the science of Boyle, Newton, Pasteur and Pascal. What a breathtaking lapse in clear thinking! What exactly did Darwin give the modern world, but one lousy hypothesis concerning origins. Such blurring of science and pseudo-scientific guesswork began with Darwins hypothesis of species-evolution by a survival-of-the-fittest mechanism. While millions of scientists worldwide pursued this new pseudo-science with appropriate levels of hubris, thankfully there were men who feared God like Boyle, Newton, Pasteur, and Pascal who produced multiple advancements in the engineering and medical sciences as they took real dominion over Gods green earth with real observable, measurable, and reproducible science.

Is there something stronger than O.o, because I really need it now.

What happens to the minds of men who wander for 150 years without acknowledging their need for the Creator and His truth? Their scientists will busy themselves with worthless projects like extracting gold from lead, or acquiring clones from unfertilized parthenogenocized zygotes, or building towers that keep falling down. Science without the fear of God will in the end prove to be futile, and fatal in the brave new world without God.

lol wut? First of all, anyone whose mind is wandering for 150 years is living about twice as long as average for today, so good for them. Secondly, last time I checked, cloning worked and "towers that fall down"? What is he referring to? I have no idea, unless he's referring to the Twin Towers, in which case, in poor taste, and nobody builds anything with a contingency for "asshole flying a plane into it".

What happens to a nation that doesn't teach the fear of God as the beginning of wisdom for five generations? What happens to a nation that will not build its house upon Jesus and his words? When the rains come and floods rise, that house will come down, and great will be the fall of it (Matt. 7:27)! That nation will find 37% of children born without fathers, up from 6% in 1960, and half of marriages ending in divorce. That nation will become the greatest debtor nation on earth and inherit the weakest families in the entire western world. Sound familiar?

Really, it says that in Bible? Matt 7:28- and 37% of children will be born without fathers and national debt shall exceed net GDP. I must have skipped that day in Sunday School.


  1. Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. - Deuteronomy 6:13

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. - Mark 12:30

    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. - 1 John 4:18

  2. I do love a good Bible quote slapdown!

  3. Actually, on a somewhat depressing note, I am given to understand the Twin Towers were in fact designed to withstand a plane hitting them. Just not planes as large as the actual attack. The expectation was smaller planes piloted from a distance, not hijacked jets.

    But yeah, I don't think that's what the regrettably incoherent guy is going for.

    Also, as something of a transhumanist etc. I think Science should totally go where man was not meant to delve. It's more fun, and we get useful things out of it.
    And I've avoided this long enough:
    WHAT IN THE NAME OF MING THE MERCILESS lets these people keep saying 'Darwin provides no useful knowledge?' It's patently untrue; understanding evolution NOT ONLY allows for a much greater understanding of biology (ie medicine) but also has interesting applications in design, programming, anything where iterated changes could produce interesting results. Also, saying 'relativity/aerospace research/the HLC are worthless because I can't see what they do' makes me want to scream.

    Sorry, I just had to let that out.

  4. @ Ben - that's not just you. I was disturbed, too.

    @ Beamstalk - I may have to steal that juxtaposition...

  5. Secondly, last time I checked, cloning worked and "towers that fall down"? What is he referring to?

    Pretty sure that 'towers that fall down' is a Babel reference and an anti-intellectual dogwhistle (Things Man* Should Not Do, etc), and lead from gold is a shot at alchemists and another anti-intellectual dogwhistle (because science, it is just like alchemy, amirite) but I have no idea how they got parthenogenetic clones out of that.

    Unless it is a sideways look at WIMMIN MAKIN BABEEZ WITHOUT MENZ. Zomg.

    Also, I like !_! and @_@ for various levels of shock and bafflement.


  6. Last year, I was driving and took a right turn onto a more congested road. I hit the gas hard because I wanted to make it out while I had time. The road was slick and my truck started to spin. Luckily, I got it under control and was able to continue on with my journey. I didn't thank god but was pleased that I had stayed calm enough to remember what to do and happy that the other drivers were quick enough to go around me. My daughters were in the car and I praised them for being calm. IF they had started screaming for Jesus, I would have freaked out and killed us all.

  7. ...

    "Adultry: the "sin" of having sex with a married person, or being a married person having sex with a person to whom you are not married"

    so - unless you or your partner are married, IT IS NOT ADULTRY AND I AM FUCKING SICK OF THAT LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i mean, how fucking hard is it to read your OWN holy book correctly
    [ducks the billions of people who know people who deliberately screw up what the Bible says...]

  8. My comment never showed up over there, imagine that.

    One year I was traveling through Utah on my way to work, heading west on I-15 in the dead of winter. It was about 7:00 am and I was driving on dry pavement at 85mph. I hit a patch of black ice on an overpass and instantly began sliding sideways down the freeway. There was only one thing I could do: steer into the skid and wait for the tires to regain traction.

    In mere seconds, Inertia took the vehicle and spun it through a full 360 degrees, which put it back on its original course without even slowing down. Peering outside, I continued driving. I trembled, and realized how lucky I had been, and didn't say a word, since there was nobody else in the car with me. I'm glad though that my secular education taught me how to handle emergencies instead of screaming and praying and crashing.


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