Set theory, Christians, and parody
Last week, I wrote a piece for BoingBoing about fundamentalist Christian objections to the mathematical idea of set theory
. Those objections are, apparently, real—sourced to math textbooks produced by publisher A Beka. And, if you understand the cultural mindset, it even makes a weird sort of sense. But it's also ripe for parody. Read the first comment to this story at The New York Times
. At first, it looks like a real world example of the stuff we were talking about last week. But it's not. The commenter is Stephenson Billings, a pseudonymous contributor to the parody site Christwire
. I fell for this myself. Thankfully, Twitter user UCSD_Nanomed
pointed out what was really going on.