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‘Tis the season, I suppose, for people to assume facts not yet in evidence. An example of this is a Burleson, TX couple who raise chickens, and discovered one of their hens had lain an unusual egg (as reported by KTVT-TV in Dallas):

There’s a different type of story out of Burleson this holiday season. A couple in the city, 13 miles south of Fort Worth, believes God has given them a divine sign and it’s a message spelled out in the most unusual of places.

Tracy and Pam Norrell are calling it a miracle, a gift laid before them on their small farm. …

Unlike the others, this [special] egg isn’t smooth and a very noticeable cross is indented on the top.

The Norell’s say the egg was laid ‘straight from heaven’ and is a message of encouragement that comes at the right time.

Oh yes. Obviously. Any egg which is rough and has a cross-like impression on it, could only have come from heaven. Out of the billions of eggs that are laid around the world each year, it almost goes without saying that at least one of them will happen to have such an impression. But it couldn’t possibly have been a natural phenomenon of poultry physiology. Oh no. It must have been “straight from heaven.” It’s the only possible explanation!

Naturally, a religionist like Ms Norell couldn’t stop herself from injecting a little holiday-time sanctimony into this story:

“This time of the year, we get so taken up with the presents and money and we forget about the reason,” Pam explained. “I think he [God] was just telling us he is the reason for the season.”

Note the use of the phrase “the reason for the season.” Many Christians who subscribe to the “war on Christmas” notion actually, truly believe that no one on the entire planet is aware that Christmas is the annual commemoration of Jesus’ birth. Oh no. In their minds, no human being could possibly have guessed that, from — say — the name of the holiday (i.e. “Christ-mas”). To these people, the entire world is completely and utterly ignorant of this fact — so ignorant of it, that the Almighty feels the need to send a message to that effect … in the form of a cross-like impression on the shell of an egg.

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. That would definitely put the matter beyond all doubt in the eyes of the world.

In case you didn’t realize it yet, this is just another case of pareidolia, or the recognition of a pattern in the midst of a natural phenomenon. That something is discernible in an otherwise-random pattern, does not mean there is any substance to it beyond the fact that it happens to be there. But the religious mind — casting about as it does for any and every possible way to “verify” the beliefs that it cannot actually verify on an objective basis — seizes on these merely-subjective appearances, and attaches more “reality” to them than they actually deserve.

Hat tip: Unreasonable Faith blog.

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