Sunday Sermon: Tardis edition

I really should have written this a few weeks ago, given the subject matter, but let’s just pretend I have a time machine and that this is still December:

Something that occurs to me is that being an atheist is kind of like being a grownup at Christmastime. We have this shared knowledge that’s not polite to express in public, because there are still folks who believe in the magical bearded man, even though we know he isn’t real.

And I wonder if a lot of atheists are people who grew out of Santa Claus, and then just kept on growing. I mean, at some point as a grownup (or semi-grownup), you start going along with the program, and you knowingly let the little kids have their silly fantasies about Santa.

And you do this because you know that it’s relatively harmless and that one day they’ll grow out of it and come to realize Christmas isn’t really about some silly notion of a guy who lives at the North Pole and rides a magic sleigh full of toys.

It’s really about how the son of God was born to a virgin after being immaculately conceived as part of a grand plan for God to forgive mankind for having the sinful nature God gave them … and then you start going “Hmmm …”

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Coby on January 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    When I saw the title I got excited for a sermon about doctor who, nevertheless, this one did make a great point

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  2. Exactly. Another great elaboration of this theme from Dale McGowan: http://parentingbeyondbelief.com/blog/?p=4982

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  3. This is brill. Why no more posts?

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    • Posted by brachinus on September 6, 2011 at 5:59 am

      I’m just really busy now, working full time and studying for certifications for a possible teaching gig. It’s possible I’ll have a break coming up where I’ll be able to post more often (perhaps a long break if the gig falls through), but nothing’s certain right now. Thanks for enjoying it!

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      • Thanks for the response. I will be in your shoes soon enough working full time and studying for a project management cert so I understand completely.

        (And I hope the gig works out even though we’ll miss your posts.)

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