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Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Friday, January 06, 2006

Twenty Ways To Answer A Fool

Right before Christmas I alerted my readers to a newly found anti-Christian website called Undo Jesus. The site's curator believes the teachings and authority claims of Jesus Christ are detrimental and it is time the world abandon Christianity because Christianity has brought upon humanity all of these horrific woes like Veggie Tales, TBN and Texe Marrs. Though there seems to be some hints of undoing other world religions and theism in general, Christianity is the main target.

I am not sure how long the site has been operating, but I hope the curator is not under the impression that his material is unique and he has discovered a new way to hate Christians. Arrogance is one of the more amusing things about the Undo Jesus folks, and I guess this is true of all atheists personally. They toil under a fraudulent notion of being superior intellectuals to everyone else because they wear their pathological rage against religion on their sleeves. A big example of this arrogance is how they take upon themselves the title of "free thinkers" and regularly utilize the words "logic" and "reason" despite the fact their atheism can't provide coherent, rational framework to answer life's big questions like, "where did we come from?" and "where are we going?" and explain reality in a meaningful fashion. God fearing people like me, on the other hand, are considered superstitious, illogical and the shacklers of good free thinking thoughts.

Just as a side note before moving on, when one ponders the definition, the term free thinker is dishonest. Come on, do these folks genuinely believe because they are haters of religion they are more "free" in their thinking? If you hear anyone describe himself as being a free thinker don't let him fool you into believing he is a serious minded intellectual who is to be praised for his thoughtful analysis of reality because he rejects God and never goes to Church. Free thinking is just a code word for a philosophy whose adherence refuse to be beholden to any societal authorities, delight in moral idiocy, and desire total freedom to engage in any sexual vice with impunity. A free thinker is just an apt description of a pompous little geeky pervert. I am sorry, but there really isn't any "thinking" to be found in this particular lifestyle.

Moving along...

The undo Jesus site links us to another anti-Christian/anarchist site where we are directed to an article supposedly adapted from a booklet called Twenty Reasons to Abandon Christianity written by a fellow named Chaz Bufe.

Now, if any one were to surf Mr. Bufe's website for just a short amount of time, you will note that he has some interesting hobbies. Not only does he enjoy playing blues guitar at weekend music festivals around Tucson, AZ, but he started a quaint little publishing business devoted to spreading anarchist propaganda and subversive counter-culture philosophy, and conspiratorial, anti-Bush bumper stickers. Already I see an inconsistency with the stated purpose of the Undo Jesus people who insist their site is a "love site" not the least bit devoted to spreading hatred toward those who believe Jesus is God. Chaz the anarchist is devoted to such an end. In fact, the very nature of anarchy as a philosophy is one of violent over throw of all social systems believed to be controlling, and in Chaz's mind, Christianity falls under that category.

The primary target in Mr. Bufe's anti-Christian screed is for the most part Roman Catholicism; and I will admit Roman Catholicism is easy to pick on seeing its dismal track record over the centuries of being the main example of apostate Christianity. However, like most critics who perhaps have only read selectively from second hand sources critical of the historic Christian faith, Chaz lumps all Christians together with the RCC as being one and the same, or at least cut from the same cloth. Moreover, it is clear, at least to me, that he hasn't read any responses to his various points, hence the reason I say his knowledge of Christianity is selective at best and gleaned from other anti-Christian resources whose authors, too, are limited in their knowledge. Does he genuinely believe previous haters of Christianity have never raised these objections before? And does he further believe no Christian has ever taken the time to offer response? And if he has, why are those responses not satisfactory for him? Or at least it would help him if he would acknowledge those individuals who have answered him.

So why bother? Why would I even need to beat on an obscure, shaggy headed, Steve Ray Vaughan wanna be with a chip on his shoulder against God? I mean, we're not dealing with true genius here.

In spite of the fact, Chaz is not giving us any thing original as far as argumentation. He does represent the typical anti-Christian we encounter on occasion and the lame arguments they raise against us. It could be the scowling uncle who likes to pick religious debates after the Thanksgiving meal while everyone is lounging around the living room watching football, or the community college teacher who makes it a habit to say something negative against Christians, even if the guy is teaching computer science. So one aspect to my purpose in responding is providing some apologetic ammunition to challenge the thinking of folks like Chaz. Of course, there is also the fun in exposing the obvious stupidity in the thinking of a conceited windbag. In a manner of speaking, shutting the mouths of fools.

I would ask readers to keep a couple of things in mind. First, I will state up front that I will not be providing extensive, point by point expositions and critiques of these 20 points. I will do my best to touch on each one with comments, but many of these criticisms have been thoroughly trounced by more articulate folks than myself. If anything, I can make some comments and link some articles. Also, I will add posts on this subject periodically. In other words, I can't guarantee a new post every week on this subject. With an impending operation and work, and along with wanting to finish up my articles on KJV onlyism, there are many responsibilities occupying my time. But that gives us all something to look forward to. And please, leave comments.

Just to provide a run down of Chaz's "reasons" to abandon Christianity, he claims Christianity is...
  1. Based on Fear
  2. Preys on the innocent
  3. Based on dishonesty
  4. Extremely egocentric
  5. Breeds arrogance, a chosen people mentality
  6. Breed authoritarianism
  7. Is cruel
  8. Anti-intellectual, anti-scientific
  9. Has a morbid unhealthy preoccupation with sex
  10. Produces sexual misery
  11. Has an exceedingly narrow, legalistic view of morality
  12. Encourages acceptance of real evils while focusing on imaginary evils
  13. depreciates the natural world
  14. Models hierarchical, authoritarian organization
  15. Sanctions slavery
  16. Misogynistic
  17. Homophobic
  18. The Bible is not a reliable guide to Christ's teachings
  19. The Bible is riddled with contradictions
  20. Christianity borrowed its central myths and ceremonies from other ancient religions
That's a wealth of material for blogging this year of 2006.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Searaptor said...

What are you going to do one point a month or week?
Anyway it would be interesting.

3:22 PM, January 08, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Nah, it should be that slow. Check back later this week for the first one. The lord willing, I will have it posted.

Fred

6:16 AM, January 09, 2006  

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