Craige McMillan’s Religio-Babble

A couple times a week I come across a screed from a wingnut that just leaves me scratching my head, not merely because what they write is stupid but because it’s completely incomprehensible. Craige McMillan’s latest Worldnetdaily column is a great example. See if you can make any sense out of this:

The great thing about America was that its constitution was written by men wise enough to recognize that perfection was beyond humanity’s grasp. Only the knowledge of God could have given them that recognition. So the government they crafted was designed to thwart the shortcomings of less-than-perfect people. And it did. For a while.

But America was a tool in the hands of God back then, just like it is a tool in the hands of God today. Lots of people tell me they don’t see America in the Bible. Oh, I see it. It’s there.

The transaction that took place between God the Father and God the Son, after humanity’s fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, and which culminated in Christ’s death on the cross to restore humanity to its rightful relationship with God, will likely be forever beyond our understanding.

Beyond our understanding. But not beyond our grasp. Take it while it is still available. Understanding may come later, if God so chooses.

That’s just plain gibberish.

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  • sinned34

    God loves America. America, won’t you please love Him back? Also, send money. Lots of it.

  • sinned34

    Also, don’t ask questions. If you’re meant to understand, you will.

  • http://heb712.blogspot.com heddle

    I have to agree. Gibberish.

  • lordshipmayhem

    Can I have dressing with that word salad?

    Understanding may come later

    However, the likelihood of that happening is hovering somewhere around “slim” and “none”.

  • Chiroptera

    Like, wow, man!

  • raven

    The transaction that took place between God the Father and God the Son, after humanity’s fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, and which culminated in Christ’s death on the cross to restore humanity to its rightful relationship with God, will likely be forever beyond our understanding.

    EB: This is plain gibberish.

    That it is. It’s a Rorschach inkblot without any intrinsic meaning.

    1. The transaction that took place between God the Father and God the Son,..

    Huh, what??? According to xian mythology, god and jesus are supposed to be the same thing, that Trinity thing. How do you have a transaction between you and you?

    2. will likely be forever beyond our understanding.

    I don’t see why. The central claim of the xian religion is that they have the Truth, The Way, the answers, and all you need to know. God wants you to follow his rules in bible, except most of them in the OT, send us lots of money, hate who we hate, lie a lot, and vote for the Tea Party.

    This is in fact, what the Worldnut Daily claims to do.

    There are thousands of Seminaries, and xian college programs devoted to telling you all about what god thinks, hundreds of thousands of churches, priests, and ministers to do the same thing, and millions of people who will do the same thing. Seems like everyone speaks for the gods except for…the gods.

  • lldayo

    Lots of people tell me they don’t see America in the Bible. Oh, I see it. It’s there.

    It’s near the back so most people miss it.

  • sh3baproject

    god will love the US,but only if you send worldnetdaily butloads of cash.

  • Richard Smith

    Lots of people tell me they don’t see America in the Bible. Oh, I see it. It’s there.

    It’s right next to Waldo in the Magic Eye picture!

  • hunter

    The scary part is that it probably makes perfect sense to him.

  • dugglebogey

    All the appeals to ignorance and then “seeing things.”

    Have they tried anti-psychotics?

  • Randomfactor

    That it is. It’s a Rorschach inkblot without any intrinsic meaning.

    So every Christian reading it will think McMillan agrees with him. Or it looks like a butterfly.

  • rationalinks

    He’s right you know, America is in there:

    Bring forth him thAt hath cursed without the caMp; and lEt all that heaRd him lay theIr hands upon his head, and let all the CongregAtion stone him.–Lev.24:14

    Sophisticated theology FTW!

  • matty1

    Um, right. I think he is saying one of two things.

    1. The Bible applies to America as much as anywhere else because Jesus is universal

    or

    2. The Bible is about America but no one else notices this.

    The bit about the Father and Son is just standard religious filler, the equivalent of um and ah, it doesn’t mean anything. Then he closes with a request to his readers to convert, converting people is the point of Evangelical Christianity so he pretty much has to bring this up as tribal marker even when his target audience are probably already members of the tribe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sheikh.Mahandi stephenyeats

    To compare that to gibberish is an insult to gibberish. It would probably be an insult to double Dutch to compare it to that.

  • Michael Heath

    Craig McMillan writes:

    The transaction that took place between God the Father and God the Son, after humanity’s fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, and which culminated in Christ’s death on the cross to restore humanity to its rightful relationship with God, will likely be forever beyond our understanding.

    Beyond our understanding.

    Speak for yourself Mr. McMillan. I have no problems understanding these claims.

    It’s always bemusing to see a Christian who self-admittedly doesn’t understand the logic and premises of their beliefs, then falsely assert their idiotic ignorance is shared by everyone else.

    My favorite deep into the rabbit hole quip is when a Christian who can’t defend their own dogma claims that’s because their supposed god is supposedly so holy; usually when confronted with an assertion of their god doing something evil or to a standard far below the average human Joe/Jane.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Why are you even bothering with this no-account loony, when this sort of shit is causing real harm in the real world? Seriously, Ed, you have a good blog, but you’re wasting your talents obsessing on irrelevant fringe characters. There’s plenty of insanity in the “mainstream” to talk about.

  • busterggi

    I’m sorry, I don’t speak Palin.

  • teawithbertrand

    This guy is a tool in the hands of God.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    What about it isn’t clear?

    “God, America, Bible, Constitution, America, God.”

    I got the point just fine.

  • caseloweraz

    McMillan: The transaction that took place between God the Father and God the Son, after humanity’s fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, and which culminated in Christ’s death on the cross to restore humanity to its rightful relationship with God, will likely be forever beyond our understanding.

    Yet he claims to understand it well enough to know why the transaction took place and what it offers humanity — and that its terms will expire at some future point which in the next paragraph he implies to be fairly close at hand. It’s a common sales technique: “Grab this deal before it’s gone.”

  • noe1951

    So… America was great..for a while..because it was a tool in the hands of God. But, it’s not great now, because it’s still a tool in the hands of God??? Argghhh, that makes my brain hurt.

  • csrster

    “That’s just plain gibberish.”

    Actually I’ve a feeling it’s obfuscated gibberish.

  • peterh

    #18:

    I’m stealing that!

  • http://www.dexterityunlimited.com/ Dan J

    My response to Raging Bee would be along these lines.