Degenerating Atheists

When I first started doing apologetics online in the late 1990s, I had a policy of taking on even some of the most obscure atheists then known to mankind, on request. A few years ago, I changed that policy and announced that I wouldn't take on anyone online by request as a paid research project. A recent reader request illustrates why.

I was directed to a mindless little blurbfest by some non-entity who calls himself "Terra Firma". In turn, Terra was mindlessly repeating some stuff he had picked up from a former fundy (now atheist) who calls himself "Southern Skeptic". This Southern Skeptic had come up with seven reasons why the Bible was not divinely inspired, which impressed Terra mightily. Among them was this sewer gem:


(If the Bible were inspired) It would be easy to understand.
To some extent, this goes back to 1 and 2. The Bible is cryptic and open to roughly 41,000 interpretations — that we know of.


Oh, really. Let's see now.

1) We have an artificial and contrived equation between "inspired" and "easy to understand". No such correspondence exists in reality. It is simply made up. It is a product of the bawling malcontentedness of the modern and uneducated person who thinks serious education was unachievable prior to the Internet.

2) The link regarding "41,000 interpretations"...oh, that argument. The one that was stale when the number was 30,000:

This is a pretty good example of why my focus in this regard has shifted from voluntary to mercenary. The up and coming Internet atheists are just regurgitating the same bile that's been out there for years. Only the stats have changed. There's absolutely no effort to seek responses, analyze the argument carefully, or refine it based on new data.

So, I'm off to do some work for hire. Oh, and one last thing. Hey Joe, need something to write about next week? Here you go:

If God Exists Outside of Time, Then He Doesn’t Exist

I can't have ALL the fun. 





Needless to say good answers, JP, you went or the cartoon went way beyond the call of duty in answering a stupid,one. the original internet atheists drew upon failed 19th century pundits, the new net atheists draw upon those who drew upon the failed pundits.
im-skeptical said…
Just so we understand this argument ...

There are ACTUALLY fewer than 41000 versions of Christianity that are doctrinally different from one another. Therefore, this doctrinal disunity doesn't exist. The religious rodent says so, and it goes without saying the rodent is much wiser than any dumb atheist (because he's religious), so that settles it. Great parody of a logical argument.
talk about Mississippi the point
J. P Holding said…
Of course Joe, IMS is a parody of a dumb fundy atheist. A very good parody too.
im-skeptical said…
Not so brilliant post on "Degenerating Atheists".

And as for missing the point, JP doesn't seem to understand that if God wanted to communicate with people, he wouldn't have requires them to get a "serious education" to be able to decipher what he says. Even the "seriously educated" interpret his words in many different ways. And that fact may not account for all of the 41000 varieties of Christianity, but it DOES account for some of them.

And THAT's the point. A point that JP has miserably failed to address.
J. P Holding said…
Good parody again, IMS!A fundy atheist would indeed whine and cry like that about God wanting to communicate with people and childishly place the burden entirely on God to serve everything to them on a silver platter. Michael Rotundo has nothing on fundy atheists when it comes to sheer laziness.

In reality, of course, there is no evidence that God "wants to communicate with people" no. That's a modern idea invented by modern people who suffer from severe self-centeredness. God wants loyal and dedicated followers, not a bunch of Michael Rotundos. He wants disciples (people who are seriously educated), not couch potatoes with a grandiose sense of self-entitlement.

And, very good parody in just throwing a large number around with no analysis. Rotundo, are you taking notes?
1st John 4 "7Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him."
Jer 31 31-32 "31"Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. 33"But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.…"

Rev 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."

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