New Book by Philip Pullman: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
It is a twist on the classic Jesus story. Mary has twins! One is Jesus and he is strong and filled with passion. The other is Christ and he stays in the shadows and help Jesus get out of trouble.
Here is a short sample…
On the few occasions when Christ came close to Jesus, he did his best to avoid contact with him, but from time to time someone would ask him who he was, what he was doing, whether he was one of Jesus’s followers, and so on. He managed to deal with questions of this kind quite easily by adopting a manner of mild courtesy and friendliness, and by making himself inconspicuous. In truth, he attracted little attention and kept to himself, but like any other man he sometimes longed for company.
Once, in a town Jesus had not visited before and where his followers were little known, Christ got into conversation with a woman. She was one of the prostitutes Jesus made welcome, but she had not gone in to dinner with the rest of them. When she saw Christ on his own, she said “Would you like to come to my house?”
Knowing what sort of woman she was, and realising that no one would see them, he agreed.
I don’t always agree with Sam Harris but I always love what he has to say. He is one of the few people that always makes me think. He is so smooth and looks at things from a different angle. Here is his recent TED talk. Enjoy and then tell us what you like most.
Posted in Students on March 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off
The students at the University of Illinois are having an event on the Quad this Friday. They will hand out condoms and information on the catholic church. Read the press release below.
CHAMPAIGN – For many Christians, the Friday preceding Easter Sunday is one of the holiest days of the year.
This is precisely why the student organization Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers (AAF) has chosen this day to raise awareness about the Roman Catholic Church. The group plans to set up a booth on the Quad on Good Friday and disseminate information about the Church’s policies, especially those related to contraception and HIV/AIDS. Accordingly, the group will also be distributing free condoms.
“People often regard religion, and specifically Christianity as a force for good in the world,” said Mathew Rayman, an officer from AAF. “Just over a year ago, the Pope told Africans that condoms actually help to propagate AIDS rather than prevent it. Statements like these are irresponsible and illustrate the disconnect of the Vatican hierarchy from reality.” Two thirds of the estimated 33 million people with HIV/AIDS live in Africa.
The Catholic Church has always been fundamentally opposed to contraception, and Pope Paul VI reinforced this in the 1968 doctrinal letter Humanae Vitae (Latin, “Human Life”). According to the American Red Cross, consistent and correct condom use greatly reduces the risk of contracting HIV. AAF hopes to raise public awareness of these issues and promote productive discussion.
AAF is a student organization at the University of Illinois dedicated to providing a supportive social network for nonbelievers, protecting the basic freedoms that all people should be afforded and promoting rational skepticism in society.