I Guess Science Proves Christianity…

It’s old, but hilarious. Watch the whole thing for full impact, but if you want to jump to the anti-climax, go to the 3:30 mark to hear Louie Giglio talk about how the protein laminin somehow justifies his wacky beliefs:

Yep. If it looks like that, then Jesus must have come back to life. Concrete proof. Obviously.

Reminds me of the time Dale McGowan saw an image like this in his daughter’s classroom:

Anyway, don’t you love how some Christians will praise science when they (wrongly) think it justifies their faith and bash it when they don’t like its conclusions?

(Thanks to Amanda for the link!)

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  • k0k s3n w4i

    I wrote about Giglio’s laminin video 4 years ago [http://k0ks3nw4i.blogspot.com/2008/05/wonky-crosses.html]. I still identify myself as an agnostic back then, but even then, the stench of bullshit was strong in this one.

  • k0k s3n w4i

    I wrote about Giglio’s laminin video 4 years ago [http://k0ks3nw4i.blogspot.com/2008/05/wonky-crosses.html]. I still identify myself as an agnostic back then, but even then, the stench of bullshit was strong in this one.

    • Shanti

      just read your blog…sweet!

    • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

      “I’m like how crazy is that?” Louie Giglio gushed. “That the stuff that holds our bodies together – it’s holding the linings of your organs together, holding your skin on – is in the PERFECT shape of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

      Glaring in my mind that moment was the image of Jesus Christ crucified on that wonky cross.

      LMAO

  • Troy Truchon

    wow, the actual image of the protein looks less like a crucifix and more like a one legged stick figure doing the jitter bug. It makes me wonder if he’d have converted to Islam should someone have shown him a crescent and star shaped protein, or perhaps buddhism were it more of a vague yin-yang shape.

  • Troy Truchon

    wow, the actual image of the protein looks less like a crucifix and more like a one legged stick figure doing the jitter bug. It makes me wonder if he’d have converted to Islam should someone have shown him a crescent and star shaped protein, or perhaps buddhism were it more of a vague yin-yang shape.

  • Annie

    “It was so ‘of god’!”  Love that line.   It always amazes me when people believe a cross shape must be significant… it’s not like it’s the most intricate or unusual design.

  • Annie

    “It was so ‘of god’!”  Love that line.   It always amazes me when people believe a cross shape must be significant… it’s not like it’s the most intricate or unusual design.

  • Erik Cameron
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  • http://twitter.com/RageTheme Aaron Clark

    Didn’t Xians start using the cross as its symbol a few hundred years after the sect’s origin? (Wiki says they used a fish symbol at first, but I believe that is incorrect)

    • http://twitter.com/enuma enuma

      I’d wish they’d stuck with the fish.  A digit-less, gill-bearing aquatic vertebrate would be a far less creepy symbol than a device that was used to execute people in a slow, torturous manner.

  • http://twitter.com/RageTheme Aaron Clark

    Didn’t Xians start using the cross as its symbol a few hundred years after the sect’s origin? (Wiki says they used a fish symbol at first, but I believe that is incorrect)

  • Xeon2000

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster is vaguely akin to a neuron with its long tendrils.  Now THAT is responsible for consciousness!  Proof!!!  R’Amen!

  • Xeon2000

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster is vaguely akin to a neuron with its long tendrils.  Now THAT is responsible for consciousness!  Proof!!!  R’Amen!

    • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

      Blessed be thy noodles! Our Holy Monstrosity truly works in mysterious ways!

  • Xeon2000

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster is vaguely akin to a neuron with its long tendrils.  Now THAT is responsible for consciousness!  Proof!!!  R’Amen!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RZ5VEXJ3IYNGQBHI5APT4DETJI FSq

    So what does the “Virgin” Mary (and that only counts if you don’t count anal….but I digress) on a grilled cheese sandwich prove? The third law of thermodynamics?

    I wonder if this dolt has ever had a vaccine or used a protractor to make a right angle in his house, because these are only “theories” too….so much for science…I weep for the future of this nation….

    • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

      It proves parthenogenesis by way of American cheese. Obviously.

  • Shanti

    naha, the laminin does NOT look like the perfect shape of the cross, Louie. It looks like a mermaid doing “jazz hands” in a Vegas review! I KNOW! For I have been to the Vegas, and I have seen the mermaid!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luther-Weeks/100001027655434 Luther Weeks

      Looks like Charlie Chaplin to me. He was an atheist (also note “in” in Chaplin and “inin” in laminin. Could it be that somebody got the idea for crusifiction by observing laminin?

    • Jeff Ritter

      There should be a warning not to yawn while reading comments. That might have saved the coughing, laughing, spitting, yawning, choking debacle I just experienced after reading your post. It wasn’t a pretty sight and apparently genuine laughter and yawning do not mix, alot like keeping your eyes open when you sneeze it just doesn’t work. But I digress, I haven’t been to vegas nor seen the mermaids, but I agree, Mermaid Jazz hands are clearly seen there. Indication that all life started in the water perhaps?

  • Silo Mowbray

    Has anyone else noticed that the human buttcrack has roughly the same shape as the Holy Grail? Sure, it might be a little vertically stretched but it must MEAN something!!

  • Anonymous

    Behold, the obvious, unmistakable, irrefutable signature of the divine.

    I’ve worked a lot with proteins. The notion that someone could take the obviously schematic representation of a protein as A- an accurate representation of the actual structure and B- proof of some larger message, is so stupid it beggars belief. Even though I’ve read a lot from the creationist crowd, their ignorance still manages to leave me in awe time and time again.

    • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

      I used to be awed, and then my head would regularly explode, and now I’m finally in the phase known as “stupid fatigue.” Theists no longer surprise me – they just exhaust me.

      I don’t stop trying though. I had to explain “confirmation bias” to a theist not long ago, and while he understood the concept and saw lots of examples around him, he rejected the idea that he was guilty of it with his religion. It would just never occur to him.

    • Anonymous

      That was my reaction too — there’s no way that those right angles and thin lines aren’t schematic.

      And even if it was a cross shape, I mean, seriously? We’re talking about something that holds adjacent things together. Say you wanted to fasten a few things with some tape. Wouldn’t you make some sort of x-shape? :sigh:

  • Anonymous

    That’s it? All that build-up, and all he’s got is a cross-shaped protein? The grail-shaped beacon beats that hands-down! Personally, I thought it looked a bit like a caduceus.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Off-topic:
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    Check out the Lifestyle column at the Eagle-Tribune:

    Help! Our son wants to be atheist

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      LOL a lofty aspiration indeed!  Let’s hope he manages to become one :-)

  • Keith

    …so that means laminases, the enzymes that degrade laminin are the devil? Roman soldiers? Help us understand, Mr. Giglio!

  • http://profiles.google.com/thomas.c.schratwieser Thomas Schratwieser

    Is anyone else reminded of the staff of Asclepius? I mean, I think this is more of a proof of the existence of the Greek pantheon than of Jesus.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thomas.c.schratwieser Thomas Schratwieser

    Oops, sorry, it’s Caduceus. Asclepius just has one serpent. Mea Culpa, if I’m allowed to mix classical languages.

  • Anonymous

    I think it looks more like the tall balloon dudes in front of auto sales places.

    • Annie

      Yes!  The ones that are filled with a fan?  I thought that too.

  • M G

    Why do Xtians so revere the device on which their proclaimed savior was tortured?  I remember that even when I was a teeny little kid in Presbyterian Sunday school, I thought that was pretty F***ed up.

  • Luddite

    I suppose it’s a good thing they didn’t hang or burn Jesus. But… the “Lord” works in mysterious ways. God, what a jokester he is!

  • Emily E.

    I was in a Christian independent study program for high school. For extra credit (which we could apply towards any subject of our choosing), we were told to come in and watch this video.  When we were done watching it, after a brief prayer, we were asked to fill out a form. In addition to our names, student numbers and what subject we would like our extra credit points to go to, we were asked to choose between: A) I have chosen to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and will now live my life in accordance to Him, etc.; or B) I have already accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. 
    I chose neither and wrote in the optional prayer request section something along the lines of: “I think it’s unfair that you’ve really only allowed for one option here. Looking around this room, I seriously doubt that everyone here is or will be a believer in Christ. I, for one, am an atheist, and it’s going to take a lot more than some silly, misinformed video to convert me.” Needless to say, the following week I got called to come in and talk with the administration. No disciplinary action was taken (no rules were broken, anyway) and  we basically agreed to disagree, but I got a lot of dirty looks from the staff every time I came to turn in my work after that.

  • Alex

    At first I thought he was some mediocre comedian, what with cheesy music and constant yelling… then I watched some more and realized I wasn’t terribly far off.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    What I’d like to know is if the microbiologist he talked to was a true believer, or is now laughing his ass off that Larry actually bought this crock of shit.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OAUXAA362EXWLYVMPJOKLFB5JQ Incipient Madness

      Can we even be sure there was a microbiologist?


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