A PSA has arrived in Calgary after obviously stirring up controversy in the UK. To balance this campaign, the United Church with nothing better to do with their congregation’s charitable donations, has launched a counter-ad saying “There probably is a god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
“Probably is a God”?? Christians spent 14 centuries torturing and killing people for heresy and blasphemy and now they’ve been whittled down to “probably. ” Well, that’s the United Church for you. No wonder Catholics think everyone is going to Hell. A brief survey of the Catholic Encyclopedia about the inquisitions yields such apologetic gems and outright lies as:
“St. Augustine, on the contrary, was still opposed to the use of force” (not true)
“opposite of historical truth to assert that the imperial edicts punishing heresy with death were due to ecclesiastic influence” (hilariously wrong)
“In short, no blame attaches to the church for her behavior towards heresy in those rude days.” (OMG!!!!!)
Thankfully, the church is no longer slaughtering heretics by the tens of thousands as Pope Innocent III did (this period is the origin of the phrase, kill them all let God sort them out). As the world marks Darwin’s 200th birthday this week, I will try to remember that now the church only psychologically tortures people by telling them how they descended from, and inherited Adam’s original sin. The American numbers are too scary for me to quote but even in Canada a full forty percent either don’t believe evolution or aren’t sure.
Sorry Mr. Darwin, you’ll have to sit at the back of the bus.