Apparently convinced that God is incapable of speaking for, or defending Himself, or the Bible, there are many Christians who take it upon themselves to speak for Him, and in their desperation to justify their beliefs, make fools of themselves and their religion.
In a recent post – On a book review, Frank Angle asked if there could be a reasonable discussion about the relationship of Science and Christianity. The answer is yes, if the discussion is among intelligent, knowledgeable, open-minded people.
Among these vociferous Bible-thumpers, many of whom self-identify as Christian Apologetics, it seems that, the less they know, the more they have to say about it. An American Protestant minister recently suggested to his flock that they might consider using a more up-to-date translation version of the Bible, for clarity, and ease of reading. This was immediately shot down when a religious maven in the congregation stood up, and loudly proclaimed that, “If the King James Version was good enough for Jesus, it should be good enough for us.”
Not only do some of these Apologetics have trouble with facts and logic, they also seem to struggle with language and definitions. One hyper-Christian seemed quite disturbed that Professors, researchers and leaders of Denominations other than his, learn about and teach things that his narrow-minded tenets won’t admit to. Finally, with a flippant wave of his hand blog-post, he dismissed all of them with the self-contradictory label of “Atheist Theologians.”
It is becoming common for Christian defenders to use the ‘Was you dere, Hymie?’ argument to any Atheist who claims to see no proof of God’s existence. They will ask, “Have you been to every place in the Universe? Isn’t it possible that God is hiding inside the Sun, or beneath the ammonia seas of Jupiter, or on some tiny planet wayyy over on the other side of the Universe?”
I immediately have problems with the idea of God needing, or even worse, wanting to hide from us. Shouldn’t He be evident in all His radiant glory? Who, or what, would God have to hide from? And this ‘hiding’ business contradicts the Christians’ claims that ‘God is everywhere, in every thing, and in every space, permeating the entirety of Creation.’ C’mon guys…. Ya can’t have it both ways.
One of the sillier claims to appear recently was from Eddie the Evangelist, who seems to believe that some people become Atheists to appear smarter. If this is the best desperate argument that Apologetics have to offer, it won’t take much to appear smarter than that.
I will admit that there are people who identify as Atheists, who smugly believe that they, and only they, have seen the truth, much like some Christians, and are therefore smarter than them. It all comes back to definitions and reality. Even if someone claims to be an Atheist because he’s angry at God for something, or to appear smarter, then he really isn’t an Atheist, because he still believes in God, the Apologetics’ claim isn’t really valid, and there’s no need of argument.
If Apologetics were absolutely, positively sure that God and salvation exists and they were right and that Atheists’ claims were false, then there would be no reason for these embarrassing, desperate claims and debates. All the egotistical fuss they make is really about the fact that everyone doesn’t agree with them. 😛