Justifying false expectations

Every successful religion evolves its statements of belief into greater complexity and self-contradiction, so that no matter what is under discussion, any position can be advocated, any outcome can be forecast, any alternative outcome can be explained, and any change of position can be justified – all from the same collection of text.

End-of-the-world predictions from Jesus (“This generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled”) to the Millerites to Harold Camping are the best-known examples. But every unheralded event or result has to be justified as God’s Will, part of the Divine Plan, and a further reason to give more money to the Church.

And that’s how religions develop and grow.

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3 comments on “Justifying false expectations

  1. kove says:

    No truer words have ever been said..

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    From: The Gospel According to the Romans [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 12:20 AM To: koveus1@aim.com Subject: [New post] Justifying false expectations

    Robin Helweg-Larsen posted: “Every successful religion evolves its statements of belief into greater complexity and self-contradiction, so that no matter what is under discussion, any position can be advocated, any outcome can be forecast, any alternative outcome can be explained, an”

  2. will legard says:

    he’s cute. And i might have been able to listen to the entire post, if it didnt sound like he was on helium. But that sound just got to be too much.

  3. sk8eycat says:

    IMO “God’s Will” = god swill *rim shot!*

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