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Would YOU do something?

A deity without the power to act is not worthy of worship.  A deity without the interest to act is not worthy of respect.  A deity without the evidence of action is not worthy of belief.

Given the means and opportunity, would you intervene?  Wouldn't anyone?

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What’s wrong with colleges these days?!

What's wrong with colleges these days?! Fewer and fewer students are meeting our maximum intelligence requirements.

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Progress

Progress: No area of knowledge is exempt

Update, late evening, 2014-01-29:

This post went pretty insane on Google Plus today.

As of this writing, 26 people have reshared it, and there are 132 likes of, and 368 comments on, my direct post, with hundreds more on the reshares.  The numbers are still growing, especially now that the post is trending.

I haven't read all the responses, but I've occasionally dipped my toe in.  I've (obviously) been called a Satanist and told I'm going to Hell.  I've had someone suggest that he and his buddies strip me of my tech and send me out to live with the nomadic herders of Mongolia and see how an "intellectual" fares without his computer.  I've read serious claims that Noah's ark was a true historical event and that, before it, humans had engineered flying machines; that people could not have built the pyramids; that humans are not animals; that dinosaurs are in the Bible; that the existence of the Sanskrit language proves the existence of God; that Newton didn't believe in Darwinian evolution so no one else should; that all atheists secretly believe in God but try to evangelize because they know their lives have no purpose (and Jesus doesn't want them anyway); and ... something about OSHA and environmental impact studies?  I'm not going to try to figure that one out.

In response to an atheist complaining about the problem of not even having the original versions of the texts, comes my second-favorite line: "The original manuscripts (autographs) are indeed lost, no doubt providentially and with good reason. Had they survived, they would almost certainly have attracted idolatrous interest and been the focus of superstition."

But my absolute favorite:  "How many of have actually been to a pyramid? better yet How many of you have actually traveled outside the U.S. ??? Talking about science does not make anyone a Scientist, and arguing with 'facts' you find on google just makes it worse. This post would have a valid point if it had came from a Doctor, Mathematician, Geologist, Engineer and well you all get the point."  (To this my response would have been "I've visited the pyramids and been inside one; I've traveled to about 20 different countries and am outside the U.S. as we speak; I'm an engineer with a degree in mathematics; and you are still a moron.")

Update, early morning, 2014-01-30:

Google Plus closed comments automatically after my post reached 500 comments.  By pure serendipity, these are the first two and the last two comments on the thread.  In online debates, it seems, everything comes full-circle:

gpgh-first-comments

gpgh-last-comments

Here are the original comments at Google Plus:

GDE Error: Error retrieving file - if necessary turn off error checking (500:Internal Server Error)

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Christianity: Don’t Be Afraid to Mark as Spam

Christianity: Don't Be Afraid to Mark as Spam

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Christianity

Christianity: The most successful conspiracy theory in history (@McGeekiest | The Eclectic Quill)