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Written by Erez

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 21:28

Posted in Religion

It’s clobberin’ time! Oi vey…

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A fun post to the Website at the End of the Universe shows that the Fantastic Four Thing is Jewish (proof here). It also links to a WikiPedia list of Jewish, or Jewish born superheroes and comic books characters. As always, with WikiPedia, there just HAS to be the odd item that reminds us all how unreliable WikiPedia is. In this case, one Phantom Stranger, tagged as “possibly Jewish”, which is basically like saying the Christian god (all three of him) is “possibly Jewish”.

The Phantom Stranger’s true origin was never fully disclosured, and he is one of the more mysterious characters in the DC universe. He’s supposedly immortal, spiritual, mystical and arcane character, with god-like, yet never fully discussed, powers and nature. In Secret Origins, several writers presented their version of the Stranger’s origin. One of them claimed him to be an Angel, that after Lucifer’s rebellion was cast away from heaven, but were forbidden entry to hell, left to eternally wander the earth. Another one had him as the Wandering Jew, and so on. Extrapolating that this means the Stranger is Jewish… I don’t think so.

In Pratchett’s Discworld, magical characters, such are Wizards and Witches, are said to not believe in Gods, in the same way you don’t believe in doors. They’re there, and they’re useful, but just not something you believe in. Attributing religion to the Phantom Stranger, in my opinion, is following a similar route, as he is a demigod in his essence, and is “beyond religion”. Are the angels religious? That’s an obvious one, but, was Moses religious?
I don’t think so. There’s a pre-requisite for being attributed as “religious”, which is the blind faith in your deity. I find it hard that someone who’s been talking to god on a daily basis, even arguing and openly defying said god, can be said to be religious. In Comic book terms, characters like the Phantom Stranger, or the Spectre (the embodiment of the Angel of Vengeance), cannot be said to be religious.

Wonder Woman, on the other hand, is an interesting character in this aspect. In her current format, she was created from sand (clay) by the Greek Gods, she walks with them, and was even deified at a certain point. In War of the Gods, she fought with them and against them. Despite all that, she is constantly portrayed as devoutly religious, often invoking, or praying to them. Is this a case of simply a person needing something to believe in (as many religious figures would have you believe (no pun intended), belief is a natural instinct, like love or hunger), or just a plea from one on a lower level to a higher one? Most often, Wonder Woman is invoking Gaia, Which is 2 “generations” above the Greek or Roman gods, so that might be the case. Or it might be that the act of praying is what the gods accept as a form of calling or summoning. So when a god meets someone in a pub, he doesn’t leave his phone number, but praying instructions. That would be it.

Written by Erez

Thursday, March 9, 2006 at 8:27

Posted in Comics, Religion

Confusion in Babylon

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That title does NOT work in English, but that’s appropriate, given this post’s nature.

Found this gem about(?) Intelligent design via the long fingers of the Bruck:

The opponents of Wrathful Dispersion maintain that it is really just Babelism, rechristened so that it might fly under the radar of those who insist that religion has no place in the state-funded classroom. Babelism … held that the whole array of modern languages was created by God at a single stroke… Wrathful Dispersion is couched in more cautiously neutral language; rather than tying linguistic diversity to a specific biblical event, it merely argues that the differences among modern languages are too perverse to have arisen spontaneously, and must therefore be the work of some wrathful (and powerful) disperser who deliberately set out to accomplish a confusion of tongues.

All the rest is equally brilliant. Go with the reading, I’ve been with the linking.

Written by Erez

Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 12:35

Posted in Linguistics, Religion

I link, therefore I am

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SomethingAwful‘s Five Worst Gaming Articles of 2005. I think the title should go to whatever Mrs. Clinton is writing.

A ShoutWire collection:

Jesus Healed Using Cannabis. That is one way of looking at some of the stuff that happened there. It also would excuse the discrepencies in the four gospels as being caused by memory loss. Besides, we all know that Jesus Saves, but God makes Tape Backups.
Sometimes the actual article is a bit less “inspiring” than the title given to it by the linker. Enter “What is Google doing in 2005?“. Even considering the fact that this was posted Dec 31, it’s a bit of a stretch, don’t you think? Just to be on the safe side, the actual article was “Year in Review”.
Blogs about blogging. Next article will be the best list of blogs about blogging, I suppose. Then again, we already have a list of all the 2005 top ten lists. Who said Post-Modernism is dead.

Slashdotings:
Only 4% of Internet users use RSS. Just wait for the first porn site to use RSS to notify whenever their resident working girl finds a new bra to undress from, and that number’ll jump to 95%.
Winner of the GIMP 10 years splash screen contest has been announced. The GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is one of the GNU/Linux flagships, along with OpenOffice and Firefox, being the closest there is to a Free Software answer to Adobe’s Photoshop. So, of course, it just has to have a silly and very geeky name (i.e. the acronym’s very solid and professional and all, but in the end it’s still called “gimp”). Add insult to injury, the image itself looks, oh well, no nice way of saying it, amateurish. And it’s not like the others were bad. Even this one‘s better. So, what is it? some inherent “I’m a loser, baby” method of thinking?
Moving on.
A new study shows that as of now, there are more American women online than American Men. This is indeed a break through, since until now, there were more American men pretending to be women than American women.

Written by Erez

Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 22:48

A twist on the old tale

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Two wackos sue a University for publishing a site that explains Evolution. Their argument? The site is spending public money, which goes against the separation of religion and state.

It doesn’t really get any better than this, I tell you.
BTW, doesn’t that admits that “Intelligent Design” is a poor attempt to bring religion to school?

Written by Erez

Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 20:00