4 thoughts on “Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ no gods

  1. Interesting: I was favoured with a visit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses pre-lockdown, and they kicked off by asking pretty well the same range of questions (plus “are you angry at God because of what’s happening in the world?”) My replies were along the same lines as the barmaid’s, but it took a long time for the penny to drop. Many religious people seem genuinely incapable of understanding that anyone else can take the view that their Invisible Magic Friend doesn’t exist.

    1. Lucky you! I remember the last time I had an encounter with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was at my front door several years ago. They didn’t look beyond 20 years old, at most, but, with their vast experience of life, they were there to tell 50+ year-old me the truth about things. As I recall we managed to part on good terms, despite my tendency to not suffer foolish opinions gladly. No doubt their youth helped them. I generally try to avoid such encounters, though, as it seems pointless to engage in discussion with the brain-washed.

      Sometimes I can’t get away, though. My son’s soccer (football, if you’re outside North America) is starting up again and at the first practice the father of one of the team’s long-time players said he wanted to discuss evolution with me, which he rejects. We’ve “clashed” before on this, but fortunately our relationship was not harmed. He’s very nice, smart, and a practicing Muslim. I later told my wife that she would have been proud of me: I didn’t get upset at what I considered an absurd opinion, but calmly stated my case (while looking for a way to change the subject). I mentioned to her that I couldn’t wrap my head around how an obviously intelligent person could reject something for which there’s overwhelming evidence but could believe in something for which there’s no evidence.

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