Some men just want to watch the world learn

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Comment by James Riley on December 14, 2013 at 7:52pm

I'm pretty sure Mr. Rodgers was a Presbyterian minister. 

Comment by Kairan Nierde on December 15, 2013 at 2:06am

Yeah, but I sure did learn a lot about sweaters from him.

Comment by Unseen on December 16, 2013 at 8:50am

They just like to watch? I think all of them were/are teachers promoting education.

Where are Brian Cox, Stephen Hawking, Alex Filippenko (and the other male scientists from The Universe).

Also, no women? Amy Mainzer and the other female stars of The Universe, for example.

BTW, I don't recognize the guy on the right. Should I?

Comment by Physeter on December 22, 2013 at 12:49am

Rogers really said this--it's a legitimate quote, not just a meme attributed to him. Notice what this Presbyterian minister doesn't say. He doesn't say "Look to God. When things get bad, just remember there's a higher power you can't see..."

He said "Look for the people who are helping." In exactly the situation you'd expect a religious man to turn to a god, he instead turns to fellow humans. He points out that, in spite of what some may preach about sin, there are lots of good humans in the world. And that by being good to each other humans can make the world a better place. If that is not a beautifully humanist sentiment I don't know what is.

Comment by Physeter on December 22, 2013 at 12:52am

And Amanda is right. I don't remember him ever teaching that virtues had to come from God; he just taught that people should be virtuous. I don't remember him ever sneaking God into his show. I don't remember even hearing him mention his credentials as a minister; I've only read that from other sources. I certainly don't remember ever hearing him make some kind of crude comment in some other media, and then trying to defend it as "free speech" or "religious freedom", and turning people against each other, like some modern-day Christian TV stars.

Comment by Ed on December 22, 2013 at 8:47am

Bob Ross, on the right, always ended his shows with "God Bless." I could deal with that as his voice was so soothing to listen to while he painted his many landscapes. His voice was almost like a sedative somehow.

Comment by Unseen on December 22, 2013 at 10:09am

Oh... I think I remember him now.

Comment by cojon on September 6, 2015 at 4:39pm


As a gifted Asperger’s syndrome person, I was a flaming advocate of logical, critical thinking, I denied God loudly when I saw yet more advertisements bemoaning those who did not believe. I was not respected for the logical considerations I raised but fool Christians demanded that their religion become the law of the land. I was so pleased when computer bulletin boards began, and even more pleased with the internet. Now I could address every fool I found. Realizing of course, I could not raise a Christian’s conscious beyond a strong and well set belief system. Especially given the roots in acquisitive mimetic desire, or the usual childhood coercive persuasion. Christians cannot imagine what it is to think like an atheist, yet atheists know full well what it is to believe.  Christians cannot even consider such a thing. Thus part of their mind is blocked. I have a discussion coming later this week with a local minister, and I have put together 15 questions he cannot honestly answer. Let’s see what happens...  


Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 6, 2015 at 5:03pm

Hi Cojon - been a while but good to see you about. I have edited the post for you as I am a site mod. You are correct. The only way to understand what it is to be an Atheist is to be one. Keep us updated on the answers you get back :-)


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