"Typing in Tongues"

Televangelist Juanita Bynum is on the cutting edge of religulousness:

Some of the visitors to Bynum’s Facebook page took this seriously enough that they asked her for translations of what she typed.  Others noted that typing in tongues is not biblical, which makes me wonder whether Christians should consider themselves allowed to type at all since there is no mention of any kind of typing in the Bible. Deep theological quandaries.

But in the comments section to the article, the commenters have all sorts of impressive evidence that Bynum is a false prophet. All sorts of not-at-all-arbitrary tests like—there was no interpreter for what she said, so obviously it’s not real. And the text seems to give the impression that the tongues-typing happened beyond Bynum’s control whereas true speaking in tongues is supposed to be done on purpose. That exposes that Bynum is a false prophet. She gives the impression that typing in tongues happens as a sudden uncontrollable event but that’s impossible, so she actually is doing it on purpose. Which means, she is in control which I guess means she is a true prophet after all.
Theology is just too complex for me.
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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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