Making Jam

Making jam is pretty fun. It’s hard, hot work but very rewarding.

It’s got a process all its own: buying and processing the berries, cleaning and sterilizing the jars, mixing sugar, berry juice and pectin and cooking it, filling and sealing the jars while the jam mixture is hot, listening for the pop to know that the lid has sealed properly.

You have to do that in a specific order, otherwise the jam won’t set and all your hard work is for naught.

The same can be said for making a good argument. Creating good arguments is a life-long learning process. You have to prepare by researching and questioning and thinking about the subject. Then you have to form an understandable argument.

While it is possible to buy store jam with relative ease (just pop down to the shop with some ready cash), you’ll be mistaken if you take someone else’s argument as your own, without at least putting some of your own thought into it and understanding the whys and the wherefores.

But Xianity doesn’t allow that.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” — Proverbs 3:5-6

Xianity and the bible doesn’t want you to think on your own.

And so Xians take the same tired arguments, arguments that have been thoroughly debunked, arguments filled with the same old logical fallacies, junky and unconvincing arguments, arguments that they think are fresh and new.

But they are not fresh and new. Maybe 2000 years ago they were.

And, because of Proverbs 3:5-6 and similar verses, Xians take arguments created by someone else and don’t learn how to question it themselves. They rely totally on the bible and their pastors, while ignoring the vast expanse of human knowledge out there that actually knows a thing or two.

And so, their religion, their “jam,” is crap.