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

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Way of the Fool

Gene Cook, and his trusty sidekick, Jonathan, deconstruct a series of You Tube videos designed to teach atheists how to "evangelize" Christians. Developed by a Ray Comfort wanna-be anti-theist named Todd Gates, he uses the Socratic method to dialogue with the Christian proselytizer. Briefly put, the Socratic method uses questions to examine a system of beliefs and expose any contradictions that may exist in the system.

Todd uses three key criteria he believes demonstrates whether or not a religion is true or man-made. They are:

Stories that reflect inaccurate and earth bound descriptions of the universe,

When the religious laws contain senseless prejudices,

The religion's origins has pieces borrowed from other religions.

I will let you download the Mp3 to hear Gene and Jonathan's stellar responses to these three points, but I have to say I was absolutely stupefied at Todd's examples he gave from the Bible to illustrate the first criteria of inaccurate descriptions of the universe. I thought he would immediately go to Genesis and criticize young earth creationism, but no. He goes to various passages that tell of how the sun rises and sets and proclaims a true religion given by a real god would know the earth orbits the sun, not that the sun orbits the earth.

Yep, unbelievable isn't it? That was his big argument. I was embarrassed for the guy. Obviously he hasn't listened to his local TV weather man tell him when the sun rise will be and when the sun set will be. I can get that information from the Weather Channel website.

At any rate, a good show to shore up apologetic methodology. They plan to continue the review and critique next week. I will keep you informed.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Matthew Christensen said...

I have heard "Christians" use the sunrise and sunset argument a few times to try to "prove" the science in the Bible is unreliable. I agree with you it is a terrible argument that holds no water. They are just grasping for straws. It is times like these that strengthens my faith in God and his Word. If this is the best they have we don't have much to be worried about.

4:12 PM, September 07, 2007  
Blogger Celal Birader said...

Can you provide a link to the YouTube site please ? Thank you.

1:04 AM, September 10, 2007  
Blogger Highland Host said...

Three wonderfully objective criteria. I don't think! Q. 1 is just plain silly, as you note, Q. 2 begs the question (who decides what 'senseless' is?), as does Q. 3. They are all examples of the 'Journal of Biblical Errancy' approach, which is to hold the Bible to ridiculous standards of proof, that we would hold no other document to. They go out looking for apparent mistakes, like the smart-alec schoolboy who thinks he knows more than the teacher. And, like the sm art-alec schoolboy, they're wrong!

3:53 AM, September 10, 2007  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

celal, see if this link works.

Fred

6:43 AM, September 10, 2007  

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