January 27th, 2012

Beckett

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I really need to restrain myself from trying to have intelligent debate about religion with my father in law. He posted a really simplistic (to the point of over-simplifying and being ridiculous) explanation of atheism. When I countered with "Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones." which is more agnosticism than atheism, then asked if he was meaning practical/pragmatic atheism or theoretical atheism, he John 3:16'd me.

How can you have a debate with a person who automatically turns to John 3:16??? And yes, I've used "John 3:16" as a verb.

I generally have great respect for people of faith~having faith takes a lot of guts. But be meaningful and intelligent about your faith. Be thoughtful about it; be an apologist and be able to defend your position rationally. Throwing scripture around like it's going to make your point for you doesn't earn you any points.
Beckett

if 2 posts=prolific, I'm prolific tonight.

Chris and kelli are expecting baby number 3 late this summer; I'm really excited for them!

I sent them an e-mail with some questions and comments and concerns and such about this summer since we never get a chance to actually talk without the kids listening in~ this is part of the one I sent:

"This is, of course, assuming y'all are still comfortable with the idea of me continuing to work for y'all and just bring mine along. I'm quite confident that 4 kids (especially since Ben and Ali and I work well together) will not be overwhelming for me or that you'd need to worry about the quality of care I'd provide for your 3 versus mine."

and this is what I got back regarding that part:

"We never question the quality of care you provide for our children. We consider you to be a member of the family and we know that you care for them just as well as you would care for your own children. In fact, Kelli and I often joke that you are a better parent than we are most of the time. Our only concern is where your comfort level is. As long as you think you can handle it, then we have complete faith in you."

THESE PEOPLE. Ali's class was talking about different kinds of families and she was telling me about it in the car on the way home~and said that the family she lives with is her mom and dad and Ben and the dogs, but her family that doesn't live with her was her grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles and cousins and me. I was like, "What was that?" and she said "Just because you don't live with me doesn't mean you aren't my family too!"

THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR KIDS. It's beyond awesome, I got SUPER lucky when I found them.