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I kind of feel bad for Jerry DeWitt having to appear on Morning Joe with that basket full of annoying halfwits, but he did a great job of it. Here’s the video of it.
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If learned anything from that, it was that Morning Joe sure loves Jesus, not just for the magnanimous temperament but for the hope, the sweet sweet hope.
b80vin: “If learned anything from that, it was that Morning Joe sure loves Jesus”
I didn’t get that at all. They all seemed so fake and insincere which gave me the impression they didn’t actually believe in Christianity much at all.
For all the “Jesus had his issues with the religious leaders of his day” pablum, I think they see religion as untrue, but a relatively benign force in the world. On top of that, they’re scared of the financial and reputational costs of admitting the true scale of their “doubts” over Jesus’ divinity and Christian teaching.
Tip for anyone who wants to run a professional TV show with interviews: Do not allow the host to interrupt his question to give his own opinion; then switch the camera to the guest, sitting there trying to figure out what the question was. Make the questions clear. Presumably the reason for having this guest on the show is that your viewers might be interested in what he thinks.
In Small Gods, a god returns to his people to find that everyone except one young boy is pretending to believe because they think other people believe and don’t want to stand out. It is sold as comic fantasy but that part may be completely accurate about many societies.
And that was the friendly network.
In Small Gods, a god returns to his people to find that everyone except one young boy is pretending to believe because they think other people believe and don’t want to stand out
And also because they don’t particularly fancy being roasted alive inside a hollow metal bull! So in that sense the book is more aptly applied to more legally (as opposed to socially) theocratic countries than the US, but I like the reference ;).
The Ephebean philosophers thought that the situation in that country, at least before it become an outright brutal theocracy, was something like what Dan Dennet called “faith in faith”: the went from believing in the god Ohm to believing in the church that had formed around the god. Eventually, in the minds of most people, the god became irrelevant, and The Church was what really mattered.
Presumably the reason for having this guest on the show is that your viewers might be interested in what he thinks.
I really loved the way Hitchens once handled an annoying host on fox news. He said: “You need to invite me more often to tell me what you think”
@Reginald, @Compuholic Hitchens told off Morning Joe the same way as well. Joe got really mad and told Hitchens he’d never have him on again, but of course he did some months later.
The priest was doing a pretty classy job until he came up with the whopper of the lie that Jesus’ evangelical schtick was a, “gentle inviting”. What’s gentle about Jesus threatening eternal hellfire if we don’t slavishly, childishly, and blindly submit?
The host is a complete moron, and a juvenile one at that. In the sixties we were divided via a generation gap, today I observe the divide based on our critical thinking skills. Where Mr. Scarborough ain’t much better than Sarah Palin.