- Ten (non-anti-vaxx) reasons not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 02/12/2020
- Divine right redividus 01/12/2020
- Dealing with the culture of secrecy 28/11/2020
- A not-so-tenuous connection 27/11/2020
- COVID Conspiracy theories are dangerous! 24/11/2020
Category Archives: Theology
Isn’t the internet wonderful? (Ans: Yes and No!) The hint of a memory, and I found a complete web-page about a Sci-Fi story I read in a tacky comic I bought in 1959.
All reputable journalists and scientists dealing with COVID-19 are quick to say, “I am no conspiracy theorist,” shortly before expressing sheer mystification over how things are being handled by the government, by official advisers, and by a fairly monolithic mainstream media.
In my e-book Seeing through Smoke, mainly written last year, I discussed how our times are really the first in history when the kind of final global deception, or “rebellion,” described in Scripture, might be able occur. This is because of the combination of global communications and institutions, and the sophisticated level of propaganda that has not only been understood, but comprehensively applied, over the last century. But I also wondered how such a delusion could gain the near-universal traction accorded it in Scripture, given the polarised nature of our political scene.
There’s something rather special about you people, though not many Hump readers get to express that in comments. I get around 100,000 hits a year, and particularly in the last few months those have been visits to posts mainly expressing dissidence to the mainstream narrative on COVID, on social justice and on world politics generally.
Yesterday our MPs, deeply conflicted, but not sufficiently so to check out the data intelligently, voted through another national lockdown. This was despite the well-publicized de-bunking of the doomsday projections made to justify it, the data showing that infections and deaths have both peaked and appear to be on the way down, the latest excess deaths report that confirms we have average deaths for the time of year, and above all the clear evidence that no proper impact assessment has been done, let alone made available to parliament or public.
David Snoke’s presentation at last week’s Christian Scientific Society webinar added a useful thought to my treatment of animal suffering in God’s Good Earth. This question plays a large part in the kind of theodicy tangles that Evolutionary theologies tend to get into, deep time being held to build up an immense “debt” of suffering for God to requite, and evolution itself (apparently) being grounded on senseless and wasteful suffering.
I’m just re-posting a reminder that I’m giving a presentation on my first book, God’s Good Earth Earth: the case for an unfallen creation at a Christian Scientific Society Webinar thos Saturday, 24th October, on natural evil. It’s in the morning, in the US, or the afternoon in Europe. If you’re an Australian reader, you’ll have to set your alarm clock. Speakers are Stuart Burgess from UK, and Fuz Rana, Scott Minnich and David Snoke from America, and the general tone of the others’ abstracts seems to be on “design” good or bad. It’s free, though they ask for a donation in the region of $20 for the logistics (not … Continue reading
A friend has sent me some briefing papers on the transgender issue from The Christian Institute. They speak of the “social contagion” aspect of this phenomenon, in explaining the 3,000% rise in referrals of children for “rapid onset gender dysphoria” in the UK in the last decade. This is a lot more convincing than the Tavsitock Clinic’s suggestion that it’s all due to the subject being more openly discussed.
An anniversary! It’s fifty years to the very day when I first went up to Cambridge University. Half a century – it doesn’t seem possible. I went up the old A10 with my long-suffering parents, who bore with my rather tense mood over lunch at some roadside hostelry in Ware, and helped me manhandle trunks, guitars and so on from the old Morris 1100 to my room on R staircase of Pembroke College.
It’s very tempting to treat the madness of COVID-19 policy as simply a matter of inexplicably bad science and typically hamfisted politics. For medics like me, focusing on the unaccountable abuse of statistics and research is the obvious thing to do. And many even in the mainstream media, as well as Parliament, are questioning the quality of decision making, when even the Prime Minister yesterday could not explain the new regulations he only that day brought in for the ordinary people to obey, or face huge fines. We’re well used to criticising politicians, and a sizeable minority of us are getting used to critiquing institutional science too.