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Let's stop arguing about what can't be proven
I grew up among scientists ambivalent about church. At age 10, I argued my friend out of literal creationism. We decided to make up our own philosophy, the basis of Classical Cynicism. We relabeled Christianity Paulism because Paul mostly wrote the New Testament. Confirmed a Methodist at 13, I thought Jesus was a cool guy. At 14, I argued my grandfather to a stalemate about his newfound faith in Joseph Smith. I felt a dozen witnesses to the golden plates bearing the sacred text of the Mormon faith were shills for a real confidence man. They were offered multiple wives. Who wouldn't go for that deal in 1830 with a life expectancy of 10 years?
February 7, 2012