This Old Pope

The big news of the day, Monday, February 11, 2013, is that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. Not only is this a surprise to just about everyone, but it is made more surprising since a Pope hasn’t resigned in about 600yrs—since Gregory XII in 1415.

Of course, as fascinating as the whole thing might be, that is not why we are here. We are here because Pope Benedict the Sixteenth was ushered in with such dire fanfare by the Philadelphia Church of God way back in 2005. 

The Force is strong with this one...

The Force is strong with this one…

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Ehrmagerd… Sterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs!

The success of the Hubble telescope proves that the atmosphere was intelligently designed to allow for stargazing… Wait. What?

PCG’s Stephen Flurry has done it again with his series The Trumpet Daily! As many of you may already know, Stephen actually has a Facebook page (which is article-worthy in and of itself). Recently he shared on his wall a year-old episode of The Trumpet Daily, entitled “Our Awesome Universe Potential”, wherein he attempts to argue for an intelligently designed Earth. And, as has been already well-established, anytime a CoG brain trust enters the slapdash field of Creationism, much incompetence and hilarity ensues.

As if to demonstrate this, Stephen begins with this howler (paraphrased in the video description): “The more we study and learn about our universe, the stronger the evidence becomes of an absolutely remarkable truth: There is an Author of the cosmos.”

Yes, he said “evidence”. And them’s fightin’ words ’round here. Let’s just take a stab at this “evidence” and see if it bleeds… … Continue reading.

All Good Things

Dear readers, it is getting to be about that time. Time for me to bid you a fond farewell, as you read what will be one of my final articles for Delusion. Never the man to let a good opportunity go to waste, I’ve decided to use the announcement of my upcoming retirement from COG blogging as a platform from which to fire a parting literary salvo at one of my favorite Armstrongite ministers. I’ll do this by dissecting an article recently written by that minister – one that ties in nicely with the subject of making an exit.

The man is Stephen Flurry, PCG columnist and talking-head extraordinaire. The article is America’s Decade of Defeat, an otherwise unremarkable op-ed piece, laden with the usual half-truths, quotes taken out of context and the same boring talking points PCG has been regurgitating for years. Nothing new or special by any means but as I said, considering the subject of departure, this article was practically screaming for attention.

This piece is another in a long line of PCG articles focusing on the so-called “decline” of America. In it, Flurry mounts his editorial soapbox to critique US foreign policy, specifically the recent departure of US forces from Iraq. His article is a veritable smorgasbord of depressing terms (Defeat, decline, retreat, etc.), scripture slinging, trumpet-tooting (We told you so!) and the seemingly obligatory Herbert Armstrong quotes. It’s actually pretty remarkable that I was able to keep my eyes open long enough to read it, but I did. Such is my dedication to you, the reader. You’re welcome. ;-) Continue reading