As expected, atheists loved PZ Myers’s desecration of the Eucharist. He drove a rusty nail through it, then threw it a trashcan next to a page from the Koran and a few pages from The God Delusion. His message: nothing is to be held sacred. Question everything.
I’m in sympathy with Jimmy Akin calling for PZ to be fired. I believe that he is a poor representative of the university. His conduct is inexcusable for a man in his position. He has proven that he will offend the sensibilities of religious and nonreligious alike, and an educator must show the utmost respect for the individuals that he educates. PZ has not done that.
However, instead of flaming PZ himself, send a letter to his bosses at the university. I think I’ll throw something together this weekend and mail it in. Jimmy provides the addresses in his thoughtful post, but I’ll reprint them here for convenience:
President Robert H. Bruininks
202 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street S.E.
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Via phone: 612-626-1616
Via fax: 612-625-3875
Via e-mail: email@example.com
Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson
309 Behmler Hall
600 East 4th Street
Morris, MN 56267
Of course, we should join the hundreds already praying for Myers’s conversion to Christianity.
Posted on July 26, 2008, in Apologetics, Heresy, Roman Catholicism and tagged atheism, desecration, Eucharist, Jimmy Akin, PZ Myers, Transubstaniation, Wafergate. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
Or maybe, instead, you should actually try following what Myers suggests – question everything and think critically.
It is how humanity has advanced so much over the past two hundred years, not following rather … interesting stories such as the transmutation of rather tasteless wafers into flesh and blood.
The statement “atheists loved PZ Myers’s desecration of the Eucharist” is untrue. Not all atheists thought it was a good way to make his point.
“He has proven that he will offend the sensibilities of religious and nonreligious alike, and an educator must show the utmost respect for the individuals that he educates.”
How sad it is to confuse respecting people with respecting beliefs. People are precious. Beliefs, even correct and well-justified ones, are airy nothings. Good professors do not, in fact, respect beliefs simply to respect beliefs. They respect them only insofar as they think they have demonstrable merit.
I don’t know, Cory. It seems that all of this has been about attention; PZ wants it for his blasphemy and Bill Donahue and his crew used this as an opportunity for more attention.
What really would have done PZ in is this: no reaction whatsoever. That would have demonstrated that ours is not some imaginary deity who can be undone by some lame attempt at sacrilege and that the created hold no power over the creator.
PZ is a demonstration of Fundamental Atheism…the guy is a joke.
The fact he held onto this wafer and pondered what to do with it hints at how seriously he takes Christianity…he takes it very seriously…because he knows it is true and he has rejected Christ.
I talk about atheism a lot and read about it…but at the end of the day…I find it interesting because people are enraptured by it and I find it’s claims so difficult to take seriously.
I take atheism as seriously as I do the Jerry Springer show…atheists are the Jerry Springer show.
You do realize that he stuck a nail through an actual wafer right? That you believe there is any real significance to this is appalling Cory. It’s a piece of flat bread. The symbolism may shock you, but it has not actual meaning beyond what you interpret in it. Calling for his resignation over stabbing a wafer is using poor judgment, since Christians not only eat the wafer, but digest it, and we all know where it eventually comes out… Perhaps all Christians who eat the wafer are also committing a horrendous act! They should all be fired! Curse those wafer-eating jerks! Unless, of course, it is just a wafer. After all, you’re only replacing steel with enamel. The act of crucifixion (stauros – to pierce) is still happening in both instances.
Today it is the ultimate insult to millions to draw a characatuer of Mohammed. It is sacrireligious for a woman to be in public without a headscarf or male escort. It is an intolerable insult when two people make a legal commitment to each other if they are not of the opposite sex. And it is deeply offensive when a man puts a hole in a cracker and chucks it in the garbage.
At what point does the irrational belief itself become the insult?