A recent study has concluded that organised religion is an endangered species. This follows a study of nine countries, selected because they have census figures with the relevant data over a significant time span. The countries involved were Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Daniel Abrams and Haley Yaple of Northwestern University together with Richard Wiener of the University of Arizona predict a continued growth of non-affiliation, tending toward the disappearance of religion in 85 regions around the world. Even in Ireland, which is mostly Catholic, the figure has risen from 0.04% in 1961 to 4.2% in 2006. Another census is taking place shortly in the UK and Ireland, so perhaps there will be more data to back it up shortly. So do you as an Apathist belong to the non-affiliated group or others? That’s right, you don’t care. Let someone else worry about it.
A strange apparition above a lake in Switzerland has been caught on Google Street View. Can it be distortion or a lens flare? Oh ye of little faith. It is of course God giving us a message. There appear to be two figures, a Jedi Knight on the left and a fairy with wings and a pink dress on the right. The Jedi Knight, as discussed on the previous post is becoming a common theme for apparitions. This is God recommending religious Apathy, as shown by people who fill in Jedi as their religion on census forms. The pink fairy is a little trickier. If this is, as some have suggested, God and His only begotten Son, the Son is obviously in touch with His feminine side. He may be telling the Westboro Baptist Church, the Mormons and others that it is ok to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Why did God choose to be photographed in Switzerland? Minaret building is banned in Switzerland, so I guess this God is not Allah. How long before tourists are flocking here to catch a glimpse of the Almighty? See it for your self here.
Tomorrow, at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (Cern), high-energy operations will restart at the Hadron Collider, following the spectacular failure just 9 days after the original launch in 2008. Scientists hope that experiments will ultimately allow them to find the so-called “God particle” or Higgs boson that theoretically gave mass to everything in the universe. They have already circulated photon particle beams to record speeds and aim to steer them into head-on collisions to mimic conditions at the moment of the big bang. The collider will still only run on half power until 2011, when it will close for another year of work before it will be able to run on full power in 2013. This of course will be a little too late to fulfil the Mayan 2012 prophecy.
All this talk of finding God particles and re-creating the big bang has led to some disquiet. In a well-publicised case, an unidentified German woman, appealed to the highest German court, to try and prevent the experiments, which she felt would lead to the apocalypse. The court said she failed to demonstrate any connection between experiments at the Cern collider and the apocalypse.
Anything that adds to the sum of human knowledge will bring us closer to understanding this crazy universe and any Gods that may or may not exist. Only the deeply religious seem to fear this for some reason. Personally, I am hoping it may lead to the Second Coming of the Great Prophet Zarquon.
Should the Swiss have banned minarets? Why not church towers also? Noisy calls to pray can be irritating to non-believers.