2007-01-25 : Worship followup
As a religious teenager, I'd've answered yes to all 4 questions. Imagine teenage religious me answering old cranky atheist me:
"Yes, it's a prayer. It doesn't matter whether you intend it to be one, at all. For instance, if you were to kneel right now and 'Heavenly Father, thank you for the food, Jesus' name amen,' that would be a prayer no doubt - who cares whether you believe or intend or want it to be."
(One of the things I have in common with teenage religious me is, we both hold a person's intent, contrasted with their actions, in low regard.)
"Yes, it's blasphemy. There is one sustainer. On the other hand, it's an iffy prayer to begin with, since it didn't mention Jesus - Jesus is the way we come to God. But I'll give you that 'Thou the Sustainer' means Heavenly Father, out of neighborliness, and now you've blasphemed against Him.
"Yes, it's an act of worship. Yes, it's idolatry. When you incorporate blasphemy into prayer, it's obviously idolatry. In fact, you're worshiping Satan, old cranky atheist Vincent, and your name for Satan is 'things.'"
Teenage religious me - honestly I was an anxious, joyless little prig.
My answers now are identical, only they include the phrase "delicious, delicious blasphemy."
1. On 2007-01-25, Vincent said:
2. On 2007-01-25, Brand Robins said:
3. On 2007-01-25, Ben Lehman said:
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6. On 2007-01-25, Brand Robins said:
7. On 2007-01-25, Vincent said:
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10. On 2007-01-25, Vincent said:
11. On 2007-01-25, Mo said:
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16. On 2007-01-25, Vincent said:
17. On 2007-01-26, Avram said:
18. On 2007-01-26, Charles S said:
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20. On 2007-01-26, Curly said:
21. On 2007-02-09, Porter said: